Each year in early spring, most states across the country marked the start of Daylight Saving Time. And as we do every year, Coloradans set our clocks forward by one hour, lost a precious hour of sleep and wonder why in the world we seem to repeat this process every year. What many people probably didn’t know is that it has a lot to do with how we use energy. So let’s talk about it:
While most believe the widespread rumor that Daylight Saving Time was started to give farmers an extra hour of sunlight in the summer, it was actually implemented as a way to help reduce energy consumption. According to Forbes, “the idea is that extending daylight hours will cut energy consumption. If the day seems longer because it’s light out longer, it should follow that there would be less demand for electricity in the evenings.” Although there’s considerable debate over whether or not Daylight Saving is an effective way to conserve electricity in today’s increasingly automated, technological world, one thing is certain—no matter what, fracking is a foundation we can always rely on for clean and affordable energy.
Our state’s natural resources have made Colorado one of the largest natural gas producers in the U.S. and a leader in energy development. In fact, in 2016 the Colorado Energy Coalition reported that our energy economy rose to record levels in the last decade, generating $14.9 billion in economic impact. Simply put, as Governor Hickenlooper said: “We’ve become one of the best states in the country for natural gas production.”
Thanks to advancements in fracking technology, states like Colorado are charting the course for the future of American energy. So whether you’re still recovering from a lost hour of sleep or you’re ready to enjoy the longer daylight hours, Coloradans can be sure that day or night, spring or fall, fracking has our backs.