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 Coward, 3 Apr 2007 @ 8:24am

    I was #3, and i love the fact that i started this political debacle. There's no mention of Ben Franklin in my comment, actually. I admire the man, and there will be no more like him.

    The point of my comment, and i agree wholeheartedly that we are sheep, is that they ALL are idiots. This is supposed to be about saving money, and conserving energy. My point was that thr Republicans controlled the Congress, and the oval office at the said time this rediculous bill was passed. The point is, that even if we save an hour in the morning, or evening, you still turn lights on because its dark, and you are still using electricity. The sun still rises and sets, and we have no control.

    BTW, I am on one computer writing this, the other tower is sitting there just for my networked drives, and my laptop is on standby just in case i feel like playing with it. I don't think the time change actually helped in this instance, cause guess what, I'd do this normally anyway.
    I guess habits are hard to break, and people won't change, and we aren't saving a penny, huh. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it. AND I am pretty balanced between left and right, just for the benefit of giving you something else to bitch about.

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