The Money Saving Aspects of Daylight Savings Time

I’m a huge fan of daylight savings time. I hate the long dark winters and get excited when we make the transition to longer days. But beyond my joy at more daylight, the transition to daylight savings time also saves me money. When we moved to the longer period of daylight savings time last year, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my savings went up even more. No, I’m not putting away enough to buy a new car, but since every little bit helps, I like to keep track of what saves me even a little bit of money.

That DST saves money is good news since the idea that DST saves energy might not be accurate. DST is supposed to reduce energy consumption and costs because the exten


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5 Responses to The Money Saving Aspects of Daylight Savings Time

  1. Jack says:

    Daylight saving time is a fraud, it’s a lie. The author writes as though this innane clock-changing actually creates daylight. It does not create one millisecond of daylight. You can take that clock, change it forward or backward, throw it in the air or slam it against the wall and there’s still the same number of daylight hours per day.

    The author can work in her garden in the morning just as well as in the evening. There’s no reason why we all must wake up on dark, dreary, depressing “daylight saving” mornings just so people can golf after work instead of before work. I think waking up in the dark makes it harder to get up in the morning. When it doesn’t get dark until 10 p.m., it keeps us up later. This results in less sleep, which makes us less, not more, productive.

    While the author rides her bike in the evening light, she could do the same in the morning light. However, most people drive their cars more when it’s light longer in the evening.

    According According to an April 5, 2007 article in USA Today, gasoline consumption was up 3% in March ’07 compared to the same three-week period the previous two years when we were on standard time. Since it was light longer in the evening, people were out more driving their cars going places. If daylight saving wastes gas, a non-renewable resource, in March, wouldn’t it stand to reason it wastes energy other months of the year?

  2. buzymommy says:

    I completly agree with comment #1. It doesn’t save you anything. It actually wastes your time because you have to spend time to change all those clocks. You have to adjust your schedule, because you have to wake up at a different time and go to sleep at a different time, so that creates extra stress, and that might make people want to have extra snacks or some kind of treat, which makes you spend more money.

    I don’t think it would save lots of electricity if everybody would go to sleep an hour earlier, because lightbulbs don’t take as much as appliances and heat/ac that you have to use anyways.

  3. Sally says:

    NPR recently did a story on the myth of daylight savings time saving energy costs

  4. Hilary says:

    I grew up without DST, and I must say, things were much simpler….

  5. Wendy says:

    I’m no expert, but here’s my take.

    I’m a young female who works until 7:30 at night. I do not have a car, and my apartment isn’t in the best part of town. I greatly enjoy walking home when it’s still light outside, rather than when the sun has set over three hours prior (and people have already been at the bars for awhile). I could certainly walk in the morning, but I suspect my employer would not appreciate an office sleepover.

    I don’t know. The amazing hassle it is to chance all two of my digital clocks and have just a little less daylight in the morning – I wake up at 6:30 in the morning, and there’s always enough light for me regardless of what time of year it is – doesn’t seem like that big a deal. Perhaps it’s because I’m young, but I have no problem adapting my sleeping schedule (in fact, when I went to Japan, I was the only one without a serious case of jetlag. Go figure.)

    If it is for you, stop complaining and move to Arizona. We’ll all be happier, I think.

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