Early Daylight Savings Time Looks Like an Energy Savings Failure
It appears beginning daylight savings time early and ending it later to save energy might not have worked out exactly as planned. To be more exact, some say it looks to be a complete failure. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the people who forced me into waking up early and heading off to work while still in a sleepy haze.
My feelings on the matter? Saving energy = good, waking up early = bad. Apparently a shift in daylight savings time has worked before, cutting energy use in times of war, but experts say with today's climate of automation, and work and recreation hours that start earlier and end later, the shift no longer has the same effect. Particularly if it's dark enough during that early morning hour that we need to turn the lights on anyways.
"'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." - ReutersSome are questioning whether there's a reason to follow daylight savings time shifts at all anymore, but I wouldn't go that far. I still enjoy the extra hour of sunlight I get in the spring and summer - I just prefer that the timing stay the same. As for cutting energy consumption, an extra hour without lights is good, but I think we can do better. Start line drying some laundry, don't run half-full loads in the washing machine or dishwasher and cut back on A/C use in the summer and furnace use in the winter. Problem solved -- well, at least some of it.