Daylight Saving Change Doesn’t Work

Last Revised on March 8, 2008

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Daylight saving time (DST) was developed as a way to save energy. The concept is that if it is too dark then why not go out when it is more bright out there – that will save the fuel cost and other means of energy. But studies are proving that it doesn’t work that way.

A recent study by University of California study concludes that daylight saving time doesn’t save anyone any money at all. But instead it cost more money – to the consumers. Daylight Savings Change is costly an extra $3.19 in utility bills per year. Wow, now that a surprise isn’t it?

The research studied the state of Indiana which was on day light saving time in 2006 for a small part of the state. But after the whole state went on daylight saving, it started to costs Indiana residents an extra $8.6 million in electricity bills in total.

The reason why it is costing more is because even though they are not driving down the streets or have electric light bulbs on, they are still using other household utilities such as air conditioning devices. Heaters during the cold and fans when cold are running all time long when people are home.

This isn’t the first time the energy-saving rationale of Daylight Saving Time has been criticized. The first was in 1976, when the National Bureau of Standards found that there was no significant energy savings after the switch. The recent expansion of DST to a few extra weeks was also revealed to have saved no energy during its run.

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