Don't forget to set your clocks ahead next weekend, March 10th and 11th: it's Daylight Saving Time.
If it seems a little earlier than year's past that's because it is. In 2005, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act, which changed the dates of Daylight Saving Time three weeks earlier in the name of conserving energy.
One of the largest energy consumers in our area is East Carolina University. With over 20,000 students, officials at ECU say they have to be serious about conserving energy.
Steps like fluorescent light bulbs, motion detector lights and computer monitored appliances help keep utility costs down and save energy.
Still, ECU's monthly energy bill is staggering. Vice President George Harrell, for Facilities Management, says the university's utility bill runs about $18 million a year, about $1.5 million per month.
Harrell estimates about half of the university's annual $12 million dollar electric bill can be attributed to peak demand rates.
To help cut down the bill, Harrell regularly asks for help from ECU staff and faculty by requesting energy conservation during the anticipated peak hours.