National Daylight Appreciation Day Celebrates the Joy of Daylight on the Longest Day of the Year, June 21

Benefits of Daylight are Myriad, as Well as Energy Efficient

The appreciation of daylight goes back practically as far as the history of humankind. The ancients relied on it to tell time, using sundials. Great monuments such as the pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge in England have significant ties to daylight. The Druids created festivals to celebrate it, such as Summer Solstice.

In modern times, we have gotten away from the joy and benefits of daylight by boxing ourselves in at home and work, often cutting ourselves off from this vital source of energy.
National Daylight Appreciation Day (June 21, 2011) was created as a way to increase awareness about benefits and innovation uses of daylight in our everyday lives. It is also a day of education and awareness, leading toward a more energy-efficient planet.

Besides basking in the sun outdoors, we may also be grateful for the wonderful benefits of daylighting. Daylighting is the most cost-effective and beneficial way to light up any interior space without having to use electrical lighting, thus keeping the lights turned off during the day.

Daylighting systems (i.e. windows, skylights, Tubular Daylight Devices, etc.) are not only eco-friendly, but they provide exceptional lighting and have even been proven to boost morale and productivity (among many other benefits). By using a renewable resource, daylighting systems are able to harness the sun’s rays and help build a sustainable future.

Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the extra hours of daylight on June 21. We hope to shed light on sustainable practices on National Daylight Appreciation Day and throughout the year and encourage everyone to use more daylight at home and work and keep the lights turned off.

National Daylight Appreciation Day is sponsored by Solatube International Inc, the leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs). Solatube International is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2011. Since 1991, enough Solatube products have been installed to offset 68,590,000 pounds of carbon emissions annually, the equivalent of eliminating all carbon emissions for the entire country of Kuwait for one full day.

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