Monday, March 9, 2015


After all these years I would much prefer not to torque my inner spring either forward or backward. Personally, I’d prefer to stay on daylight saving time. In other words, stay on the time schedule we have in the spring through the summer. To me it makes more sense. My body gradually adjusts to the loss of daylight and does it naturally without stress. This whole jerk forward or backward is too abrupt.

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Oh, I’ve heard the pros and cons, but you know what? The earth moves on a twenty-four hour clock. Sunrise and sunset times shift with the earth’s tilt and life on earth shifts just as gradually to the change in light. The whole concept of ripping an hour of daylight from the evening and patching it onto the morning makes no sense to me. I know it’s supposed to improve the saving of energy in the evening by modifying electric consumption during peak hours. It, allegedly,  gives more light for school buses and helps reduce commuting accidents in the morning. In my opinion, I think commuting home in the dark after a long work day and when a person is more tired and less alert, is a more dangerous time for accidents.

As for energy consumption, haven’t we just traded the mass usage from one part of the day to the other? And this saves energy how? Maybe, back in the day, it saved energy and shifted peak loads of electricity  when the ability to produce and deliver electricity was more archaic (like in the early 1900’s when this whole mess started) but today? Not so much. 

There are quite a few energy studies that have been done in the last ten-fifteen years that show autumn falling back actually increases usage and consumption. It costs more. California Energy Commission did a study of the effects of changing time in the early part of 2000. Their conclusion was by keeping year round daylight saving time—spring/summer time—would save consumers between $100 million to $300 million dollars a year. 

Granted, California is a high electric consumption state, but still I would think those savings would translate across the country although the amount of savings would be less. It would also reduce the strain on resources in the winter because it would allow for commuters to get home before sunset and falling temperatures could cause a peak in energy usage. In my opinion, it makes more sense to save what daylight hours there are for the late afternoon and evening in the winter and not rip them away and attach them to winter mornings.

Personally, I’m all for keeping our clocks on the same spring/summer time year round. I can assure you, my body would be much happier.

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