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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    Pro, 3 Apr 2007 @ 10:48am

    Human Nature

    I used to laugh at my dad because he would set his clock 10 minutes in the future so that he had a better chance of being on time to work and other places. "But dad, just get up 10 minutes earlier. Plus don't you realize that it just gives you an extra 10 minutes to press snooze?"

    Really though, someone made a great point - why doesn't everyone just go to work an hour earlier and come home an hour earlier? Especially given that lots of people can make their own hours these days.

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