Net Effect Of Energy-Saving Early Switch To Daylight Savings Time: Nothing

from the didn't-see-this-one-coming dept

While the early switch to daylight savings didn't cause many real problems, it was something of a nuisance. Part of the supposed rationale for the early switch -- in addition to reduced crime, less traffic accidents and increased economic activity was to save energy, because there will be more light in the evening and people will use less lighting. Of course, there's less light in the morning, so people's power needs then will increase. So what was the end effect of this early shift? Essentially nothing, as several large utilities say they haven't seen any noticeable change in their customers' power consumption. But don't let that detract from the warm, fuzzy feeling you get knowing American politicians are serious in their hunt for ways to conserve energy.

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    b, 3 Apr 2007 @ 6:49am

    Re: DST

    i'm a liberal and very happy. i have some issues with the dominant paradigm, but i roll with the punches. What is about conservatives that make them always start up with the personal assaults toward people they don't know every time a political debate is raised. i'm very liberal and very happy to have more daylight at the end of the day, and yeah, it was a pain to have to go out and touch every pc in our domain to make the updates necessary to deal with the calendar change. However, it gave us an excuse to make some other improvements and updates that i'm happy about (not to mention the overtime!). By the way what is Conservative about wasting as many resources as possible to accomplish nothing. I am a conservationist. Conservatives are just people who don't like alternative opinions in the present political atmosphere. They don't conserve anything, because God is gonna pop out of the sky and take all their buddies to heaven for a kegger sometime soon....

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