Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Ditch DST?

Now that the current administration has made such a mess of it, the time may have come to ditch DST. It seems that the touted energy savings just aren't there.
"Having the entire state switch to daylight-saving time each year, rather than stay on standard time, costs Indiana households an additional $8.6 million in electricity bills. They conclude that the reduced cost of lighting in afternoons during daylight-saving time is more than offset by the higher air-conditioning costs on hot afternoons and increased heating costs on cool mornings.

'I've never had a paper with such a clear and unambiguous finding as this,' says Mr. Kotchen, who presented the paper at a National Bureau of Economic Research conference this month."
It should be a no-brainer.

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