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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    FireMonkey, 3 Apr 2007 @ 11:45am

    Re: AZ & IN have it right

    AZ & IN have it right. No DST.
    But wait! Indiana now observes DST. Pay attention.
    DST legislation is merely an attempt to make the shops open at more favorable hours so you'll spend more money.
    Promoting economic activity is what this legislation is all about, and what's wrong with that? After all, that's one of the main purposes of Congress (to "regulate interstate commerce"). Doing anything that helps more businesses serve more customers is good for all of us - more sales tax is a good thing.

    Don't like to shop? Fine. Don't. Go home and curl up in bed at 9:00, while the sun is still shining. No one will mind, least of all me. By 9:00 pm, I'm just teeing off at the 16th hole...

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