Is It Time To End Daylight Saving Time for Good?

November 4, 2016


Daylight Saving comes to an end this Sunday, which means you've got to figure out which clocks will roll back one hour on their own and those that need to be re-set. However there was been ever-increasing talk of doing away with the 100 year old tradition, originally adopted in 1916 to better use natural light and save coal used in power plants. In fact, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 increased the length of daylight saving time by a four weeks in order to conserve energy.  But has it?  Indiana did not observe the time change until 2006, so a study was conducted to see if the state saved energy.  After reviewing millions of data points for electricity usage in Indiana over its first three years of fully observing Daylight Saving Time, the study concluded that electricity demand rose instead of falling. A study in California reached a similar conclusion. The U.S. Department of Energy looked at electricity usage nationwide and found that the four-week extension of Daylight Saving Time shaved 0.5% off the nation's energy usage. This is in addition to previous reports that the time change increases the number of traffic accidents, workplace injuries, and heart attacks in the days just after the time change, as our internal clocks are thrown off. Congress has been talking about repealing the whole concept of Daylight Saving Time but as it stands now, we get an extra hour of weekend this year!


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