LeAnn Ralph, writing for the Dunn County (Wisconsin – I believe) News has an article entitled Daylight Saving Time actually results in no real savings.
The United States started using DST during World War I as a way to save fuel needed to produce electric power. But even though DST is intended to save electricity, the total savings is minimal, Reardon said.
â€œDuring the summer months is when we get the most benefit â€¦ If we can decrease the amount of the time from when the sun sets until the time we go to bed, we save electricity,â€ he said.
Since people tend to spend time outside in the evenings, DST saves on the use of electric lights, televisions, microwaves, computers and other electrical gadgets and appliances, Reardon ex-plained.
The article then explains that DST has now been extended well beyond the summer months, this year going from March 11 to November 4.
Implementing DST earlier in the spring and later in the fall when it remains dark longer in the morning produces virtually no benefit because people keep their lights on longer in the morning.
â€œThe energy savings is minuscule,â€ Reardon said, noting that the statistics used to calculate the savings of DST are from the 1970s. Current studies are needed to provide more up-to-date information.
Since the 70s, the typical house is chock full of things that use power regardless of light or dark; e.g. DVD players and computers. So, the overall energy saving is that much less significant as a percentage of total power used. So, essentially, Indiana has apparently adopted DST after its actual usefulness, such as it was, has passed. Now we’re just doing it because everyone else does it — an excuse that didn’t much fly with my parents, if memory serves. Well, that and all the job creation, of course.