Spring forward an hour this Sunday for Daylight Savings Time

Published 4:55 pm Friday, March 9, 2018

The time will be springing forward one hour Sunday morning for daylight saving time.

The time change will occur automatically with many smartphones and computers at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11. Remember to move your other clocks forward one hour before heading to bed Saturday night.

The time of year also serves as a reminder to change batteries in smoke detectors around your home. With the time change falling every six months and life of a battery lasting close to the same duration, safety officials say the time change is a great reminder.

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The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. A working smoke alarm can give your family the extra seconds you need to get out of a home fire safely.

Georgia Power reminds customers that this weekend is a great time to focus on once-a-year energy actions that can deliver real savings all year long.   

After you set the clocks forward, take a few minutes to:

Drain the tank. Properly maintaining the water heater by draining a bucket of water from the tank helps clean out residue that can reduce efficiency.

Service your system. Have your furnace and A/C serviced to increase your system’s operating efficiency. A yearly maintenance check can help reduce your monthly energy bill by up to 15 percent.

Clean the coils. Use a vacuum to clean the condenser coils on the back of the fridge to minimize energy use.