Daylight Saving Time & Energy Efficiency

This weekend it is time to ‘spring forward’ and start Daylight Saving Time.  This adjustment to the clock was originally planned as a creative way to save energy by Canada and Germany during World War I, and established uniformly in the United States in 1966.  But whether changing our clocks actually saves energy receives mixed reviews.  Most studies conclude that at best is saves very little energy and in fact may actually increase energy consumption.  Our reduced need for lighting in the evenings is offset by greater cooling needs.

 

Interested in reading more?

 

Take a looks at this Forbes.com article from last year, which includes links to many research studies on the topic.

www.forbes.com/sites/tomzeller/2015/03/06/daylight-savings-time-negligible-energy-savings-possibly-deadly/#1649312741a3

 

And my favorite from this year, a blog post on Quartz.com with their explanation as to why America will never get rid of Daylight Saving Time.

http://qz.com/636313/why-america-will-never-get-rid-of-day-light-saving/

 

What do you think – is shifting what the clock reads during the daylight hours worth the effort?

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