Time Becomes Even More Valuable as Busy Americans Get Set to Spring Forward

National Survey Indicates Household Help is Needed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 7, 2013 // PRNewswire // - When clocks spring forward on March 10, people across the U.S. will lose an hour of sleep - and for many, an hour of precious time.

Results of a recent national survey from mytimeheroes.com found that more than three out of four people, 78 percent, say saving time is very important. Furthermore, the survey indicates by an overwhelming margin that respondents would rather spend time with family than waste it on mundane activities. Ninety percent of survey respondents would spend an extra hour with their children or significant other. And to free up that extra hour, nearly 70 percent of survey participants reported they would like to have more help around the house. Ten percent would like help fixing things around the house and 9 percent would appreciate someone taking care of the yard.

Nearly 500 adults participated in the online survey at mytimeheroes.com, a website developed by ServiceMaster, one of the world's largest home services providers. The website helps busy people tap into valuable advice from time and labor saving experts, take a quick survey to identify time-dragging tasks and share what they'd do if they could get back "lost hours."

"This weekend we'll lose an hour to Daylight Saving Time – just as more and more people wish they could put a 13th hour on the clock," said Alison Boyle , ServiceMaster corporate communications. "Through mytimeheroes.com and our time-saving brands, ServiceMaster aims to help people free up extra time so they have more time to focus on the things that are most important to them. It's all part of our mission to simplify and improve the quality of our customers' lives."

Where does their time go? Survey participants ranked the biggest timewasters as:

  • Household chores at 48.9 percent
  • Sitting in traffic at 36.8 percent
  • Waiting in line at 35.8 percent
  • Surfing the internet at 35.1 percent
  • Checking emails at 32.1 percent   

As a leading provider of home services, ServiceMaster knows the value of time-saving for busy people. The company's time-saving brands are Terminix, TruGreen, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec.

Even with the clock springing forward, there's still time to discover time-saving tips at mytimeheroes.com. Now through Daylight Saving Time on March 10, three weekly winners will be randomly selected to receive prizes of $150 each. A grand prize winner will be announced Sunday, March 10, just as the clocks spring forward.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States or District of Columbia, age 18 or older. Entries must be received between 12:00 AM CT on 01/22/13 and 11:59 PM CT on 3/8/13. There will be 6 weekly drawings. For details and Official Rules go to www.mytimeheroes.com/rules. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor: ServiceMaster.

About ServiceMaster

With a global network of more than 7,300 company-owned, franchise and licensed locations, Memphis-based ServiceMaster is one of the world's largest residential and commercial service networks. The company's high-profile brands are Terminix, TruGreen, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Through approximately 20,000 corporate associates and a franchise network that we estimate independently employs over 31,000 additional people, the ServiceMaster family of brands provided services and products to approximately 8 million customers during the last 12 months. Our market-leading brands provide a range of residential and commercial services including termite and pest control; lawn, tree and shrub care; home warranties and preventative maintenance contracts; furniture repair; home inspections; home cleaning; janitorial services; and disaster restoration. Go to www.servicemaster.com for more information about ServiceMaster or follow us at twitter.com/ServiceMaster or facebook.com/TheServiceMasterCo.

Contact:

Alison Boyle
901-597-8978
Alison.Boyle@servicemaster.com

SOURCE ServiceMaster

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