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Monday, March 10, 2008
Day light saving - energy savings or just hocus-pocus?
Most of the US switched to day light savings time yesterday, one month ahead of the usual April switch. Reason? Supposedly, the switch allows us to save energy. However, the Wall Street Journal article cites a study which says that daylight saving waste energy.
They conclude that the reduced cost of lighting in afternoons during daylight-saving time is more than offset by the higher air-conditioning costs on hot afternoons and increased heating costs on cool mornings.
As per another report, switching to the day light savings ahead by almost one month in the US while the rest of world is still on a different time schedule will cause international airlines several million dollars in order to it to manage their schedules.

I personally don't have feelings either way towards the back and forth switching of times in March and November. However, I don't like changing times in the numerous clocks and watches, from microwaves, to wall clock to clock in the car etc. Worst, I feel that this switching is simply fooling around with nature rather than finding a reliable, long term solution to the energy problems. But than that's what the government is good at - fooling around the problem rather than finding reliable and concrete ways to solve the myriads of problems that we are currently facing.

For the complete article, see:

The Wall Street Journal: Daylight Saving Wastes Energy, Study Says

Related articles, see:

InformationWeek: Daylight Saving Time Extension Vexes Airlines

Environmental Economics: Costs and benefits of extending daylight savings time


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