daylight saving time 2007

Doing a quick search of my blog, I seem to be sort of obsessed with Daylight Saving Time. With this post, 1% of my 400+ posts are about DST. Hmm. Anyway, I like time.

Apropos of that, we’re going through a semi-bogus effort this weekend of moving clocks ahead 3 weeks earlier than normal. I like the extra daylight for sure, and spring forward weekend is traditionally one of my favorites of the year — but it feels very early this year. The theory is that it’ll save energy because when people get home from work around 6 or 7 o’clock, they’ll use less energy because it’ll still be light outside. What the theory discounts is that people use a lot of lights & such when they get up in the morning and it’s completely dark outside, also. Recent study of Australian efforts in 2000 (pdf) suggests there’s no energy savings at all.

It seems to me that it’s sort of like squeezing blood from a stone — no matter what we do, the days are just still a little shorter than we’d like them to be.

Anyway, we’ll see how Sam does next week. You’d think I’d really be psyched at the idea that he’d sleep until 7:30a now, but it’s sort of a bogus economy.

In any event, happy DST — let’s see if it feels like spring has sprung this year.

2 Replies to “daylight saving time 2007”

  1. I did not realize until I moved to the tropics 30 years ago that DST is used only in temperate zones. Here 10 degrees north of the equator it blows peoples minds that one would presume to change the hour.

  2. I did not realize until I moved to the tropics 30 years ago that DST is used only in temperate zones. Here 10 degrees north of the equator it blows peoples minds that one would presume to change the hour.

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