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Study: Daylight Saving Time actually raises utility bills

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Study: Daylight Saving Time actually raises utility bills

It's official: Daylight Saving Time is a bust. Designed (and recently extended) as a measure to save energy in a period of inflated electricity prices, an in-depth University of California study has now shown that DST doesn't save anyone any money at all. In fact, it's costing consumers extra, to the tune of $3.19 in extra utility bills per year.

The study was made possible because of the peculiarities of the state of Indiana, which was only partially on DST until 2006. When the whole state finally went DST (to sync with the national business day), some comparisons vs. the prior method were made apparent. The study calculated that the shift costs Indiana residents an extra $8.6 million in electricity bills in total.

Why? Shouldn't they be, well, saving daylight -- and burning fewer light bulbs?

They are, said the study. But while lighting bills were reduced, air-conditioning units had to run more often, because people were home on hot afternoons when they'd otherwise be still at the office. Heaters had to be run on cool mornings, too, when people got up and it was still dark outside.

Professor Matthew Kotchen, who pioneered the study, noted, "I've never had a paper with such a clear and unambiguous finding as this."

This isn't the first time the energy-saving rationale of Daylight Saving Time has been attacked. 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. And yet here we are...

In related news, it was also revealed that Daylight Saving Time actually creates no additional daylight.

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Comments

1.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - March 7, 2008, 3:00 pm
They had a time when it was not changed one year back and forth.
In the fall time when it is changed back brings daylight earlier in the morning. This gives many school children daylight to be beside the road and to board buses.
If I remember correctly the year it was not changed their were more school chidren hit by vehicles.
2.
konaneComment by konane - March 7, 2008, 3:30 pm
Regular time made sense to my circadian rhythm, Daylight Wasting Time never has.

3.
Comment by scorpio - March 7, 2008, 10:29 pm
gracious,ours is 90 bucks a month now,bring on the nukes.
4.
spy153Comment by spy153 - March 8, 2008, 7:35 am
Jap69, that is one of the things I like about DST. My children have to be outside, waiting for the bus. There are no sidewalks on my street, so cars whizzing by my kids in the dark is a nightmare to me. It's bad enough that they have to stand out there for up to 30 minutes at a time anyway when it gets as cold as 9 degrees in the morning. (As temps go, it has been a mild winter here.)
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Jani NormanComment by Jani Norman - March 8, 2008, 8:30 am
Daylight saving time should be dumped

"Studies prove DST saves energy, reduces auto accidents and crime. A no-brainer — examining larger population centers will reveal true savings."

— U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., bill sponsor


"We understand the need to conserve energy, but it should be balanced against children's safety. We remain concerned that the extension into March may increase the danger of traveling to school in dark hours."


— Jan Harp Domene, National PTA president
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Comment by MeFirstYouLast - March 8, 2008, 3:24 pm
There is no need for logic in DST. It is a law passed by the United States Congress and signed by the President of the United States. There has never been a law that benefits the "peop;e" only laws to control the people. You don't get re-elected pleasing the masses, only the money generators. Something like 4% of the population are the richest. Who do you think the laws are written to favor? You? Not this century - or the last. You gather a group of whinners, add money through donations, and you get a law that prohibits nuclear power, or new refiners for oil. Gas goes up. Who cares? No one important. If YOU were important, we would have dozens of refiners and hundreds of nuclear plants. DST? it is at the bottom of the food chain.

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