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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    jon, 3 Apr 2007 @ 10:38am

    more shopping?

    How do you figure more shopping and so forth? If it's lighter out later, I'm more likely to be outside, not inside. If it were darker I'd be more likely to be inside...

    Shopping tends to be done on the inside of buildings not the outside. Plus banks and other places that all close before I get home from work have not been affected by the hour extra of day light, I still can't go to those places no matter when the sun sets.

    But I do agree, it's about time to be done with DST, we're moving away from agriculture and with new fangled farming equiptment with 100 high wattage landing lights on their new tank tracked super tractor, they'll be just fine when they go to plow or harvest. I'd rather have more light at night, vs the morning any day of the week!

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