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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    Maxillarypun, 3 Apr 2007 @ 9:16am

    My 2 Cents

    It seems like so many article comments degenerate into political side bashing. In reality, politicians in general, whether they are Democrats, Republicans or otherwise serve their own interests. Much like the bulk of humanity, I might add. I'm not excusing myself, I'm just as selfish as the next guy. It seems that this country of ours would be better off with fewer politicians, who would create (hopefully) fewer stupid laws and bills. Most of the current laws are just talk and no real action to fix whatever issue they were supposed to fix.

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