2007 April 04 Wednesday
Daylight Savings Time No Energy Saver

I think Congress should stop messing around with the date Daylight Savings Time (DST) starts. The costs in applying software patches for it probably far exceeds any supposed benefits. It turns out there are no energy savings benefits from earlier DST - at least according electric utilities.

The move to turn the clocks forward by an hour on March 11 rather than the usual date in early April was mandated by the federal government as an energy-saving effort but the move appears to have had little impact on power usage.

"We haven't seen any measurable impact," said Jason Cuevas, spokesman for Southern Co., one of the nation's largest power companies, echoing comments from several large utilities.

So morons in Washington DC put us all through a lot of convenience and for no benefit at all. The nation is in need of some old fashioned small-c conservatism of the "stop trying to social engineer us" variety. Governments know less than they act like they do. Remember that.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 April 04 10:47 PM  Economics Energy

tommy said at April 5, 2007 2:19 AM:

Heh. Hilarious. I was just wondering about this the other day. I was thinking no one had probably actually looked to determine if we were saving any energy from DST. It isn't enough to simple theorize about things like this, there needs to be empirical evidence.

Rick Darby said at April 5, 2007 9:00 AM:

If our masters in Washington could, they'd shift the earth's axis. Since that is presently beyond them, a source of great frustration no doubt, they do the next best thing and monkey with our clocks.

Reality Czech said at April 6, 2007 10:47 AM:

Elsewhere I saw that gasoline consumption rose, probably because people took advantage of the "extra" daylight to drive to recreation.

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