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Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy?

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As we all moan and groan about losing an hour for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, March 13, have you ever thought if the time change can save you some energy?
According to Fact or Fable? Daylight Saving Time Saves Energy, “During World War I, it [Daylight Saving Time] was introduced nationwide as an energy-saving measure.”

Though, Daylight Savings was not a standardized method for moving the clock back until 1966, the concept of if this seemingly old-fashioned tradition saves energy is still a mystery.
“Early research focused primarily on lighting and found that some energy savings were achieved as a result of Daylight Saving Time,” the article states. “Recent studies, which incorporate more comprehensive energy use patterns, have produced mixed results.”
Since technology, such as computers, have become a staple in our lives, and lifestyles have changed since Daylight Saving Time was introduced, measuring its effectiveness has become more difficult and “contradictory.”
Doing away with Daylight Saving Time is up for debate, but, for now, don’t forget to set your clock an hour ahead before you go to bed on Saturday night!

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