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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

No savings from early DST

Well, this is no surprise.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The early onset of Daylight Savings Time in the United States this year may have been for naught.

The move to turn the clocks forward by an hour on March 11 rather than the usual early April date was mandated by the U.S. government as an energy-saving effort.

But other than forcing millions of drowsy American workers and school children into the dark, wintry weather three weeks early, the move appears to have had little impact on power usage.


Zookeeper said...

I would bet that a proper audit would show power wastage has increased, as people miss scheduled appointments due to confusion over what time the meeting was scheduled for. We have had people re-entering appointment information in Outlook, people missing appointments, people coming an hour early, the whole gamut.

I believe, that if left to its own devices, the earth can take care of itself. Part of what bugs me about the whole "save the planet" crowd is their arrogant belief that they actually have the power to affect the weather.

A Dog Named Kyoto said...

We use Outlook at work and it was so screwed up over this it was ridiculous. All my appointments were reset to 1:00 am because of the early change to to DST!

I don't think it saved one kilojoule of energy!