For those of us old-fashioned types who don't completely rely on smartphones, tablets, computers, and friends/lovers/spouses who wear watches to keep our hours in order, you probably get the memo that the end of daylight saving time is once again upon us and, once again, you'll have to go around the house performing one of modern civilization's most mundane tasks: setting all those wall-mounted and desk-adorning clocks back one hour. Boo, indeed.
This, of course, can only mean that I'm back with another edition of "Mother Nature meets Father Time," my annual roundup of standout and predominately handmade timepieces for the home. Because really, nothing helps beat the crippling malaise that comes along with the sun setting before 5 p.m. than buying a fancy new clock.
It's also worth nothing that with the end of daylight saving time comes the beginning of "lighting season," a season that, for better or worse, spotlights our reliance on artificial lighting to get us through the doom and gloom of winter (seriously, March 9 couldn't come soon enough).
To mark the occasion, the good folks at the Natural Resources Defense Council have published an updated Light Bulb Buying Guide to help consumers make educated decisions when it comes to performing the second most mundane household task behind manually setting clocks back: replacing light bulbs. Says NRDC Senior Scientist Noah Horowitz: "Just because it’s the end of Daylight Savings Time, it doesn’t mean our electric bill savings also need to end. With more than 4 billion screw-based light bulb sockets in the United States, getting an efficient bulb into each socket also is really important for our environment because the energy savings would be massive.”
Antler Clock by Kreetco Design @ Supermarket ($88)
Heritage Clock @ West Elm Market ($49)
Penny Farthing Antique Bicycle Wall Clock by Object Industrial Art @ Etsy ($25.50)
Swallow Wall Clock by Haoshi Design @ A+R Store ($160)
Tree Owl Clock by Paul Ocepek @ UncommonGoods ($38)
Vinyl Record Starburst Clock @ Hipcycle ($42)
Emmerson Clock @ West Elm ($129)
Related stories on MNN:
- Mother Nature meets Father Time: 2012 edition
- What should I do for daylight saving time besides adjust my clocks?