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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    Anonymous Trivia Nazi, 3 Apr 2007 @ 7:16am

    Energy saved, then wasted again

    All of the energy saved by shifting the time has been lost to the collective energy required to publish all of the extra "S" characters from all the articles and people who still say "Daylight SavingS Time" instead of "Daylight Saving Time". I am hereby lobbying for replacing the first space with a hyphen (no additional character) to ensure a more consistent dropping of the extraneous "S" -- a net saving of 1 character in a 21-character string -- or better than 4.75%!

    Refer to the article, endorsed by the official government time site.

    Happy Daylight-Saving Time,

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