Daylight-saving time angst

February 27, 2008
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The debate over daylight-saving time never seems to end.

University of California-Santa Barbara economists have studied Duke Energy Corp. electricity bills and found that Indianaâ??s switch to daylight-saving time in 2006 cost Duke households $8.6 million extra. Duke operates in the southern and central part of the state.

Why? Heavier use of air-conditioning outweighed savings in electricity directed to lights, long a staple in the argument for moving the clocks ahead.

The study, reported in todayâ??s Wall Street Journal, didnâ??t attempt to find whether daylight-saving time lowered crime and other benefits cited by backers.

How do you like daylight-saving time?
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  • I don't. I hate changing my clocks. The first time we did it, for months after I was constantly subracting the hour, thinking to myself, but it's really 6a not 7a. I don't like that in the summer it's still light out after 9pm. It's just against the laws of nature. In addition, it seems it took my body forever to get used to getting up an hour earlier. You can't fool mother nature. Time is what time is.
  • I love it! Having more sunlight later allows me more time to do things after work. The study appears to be flawed because it didn't look at the positive effects. I think most of us can afford the additional $3 expense.
  • I hate it and I suffer from the blues in the winter and love the sunlight. I am also an early riser and having the sun out late screws up my sleeping pattern.
  • I'd prefer not having DST. I agree with what Firewoman says; plus, as a warmer weather bicycle commuter who leaves for work at 6:30 am, I used to be able to leave for work in the daylight from roughly mid-March until mid-September. With DST, that changes from mid-April to mid-August. So that is two to two and a half months leaving in the dark.
  • I love DST.
  • How can a time change be against the laws of nature when time is a man made artificial imposition of structure on to the day/night cycle? And if you are going to base what time zone Indiana should be in solely from a geography perspective the state should be in Central Time to start with.
  • You have got to be kidding me...it's an hour....it's changing your clocks two times a year. GET OVER IT! We are on DST and it's about time Indiana is like the rest of the company (save Arizona and Hawaii). Why are we spending so much energy and time on bringing up this issue again and again and again and again? Grow up people....we have more to worry about than this.
  • oops...country! So much for proofreading!!
  • I guarantee those who say they do not like DST have used it in some way and they are glad they had the extra time. Perhaps it was a walk around the neighborhood, taking care of some yardwork or simply sitting on the back patio drinking lemonade, everyone has utilized the extra hour. So embrace it, enjoy it and finally admit you are glad it is here.
  • Steve--sure it's nice that even though the danger of bicycle commuting is compounded by the added morning darkness, I can now take the long way home in lots of daylight.

    Jason, time itself is an artificial imposition, but our living patters affected by changing the clocks twice a year are against the laws of nature.
  • Its called DAYLIGHT Savings Time, not Temperature Savings Time.

    How exactly does DST make us run a/c more often? It has no effect on temperature. Don't most of us have automatic thermostats anyway?

    That whole study is bogus.

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