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Some doubt that daylight saving time conserves energy

By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 8, 2008 4:40 PM CST

(Newser) – Time flies when you’re trying to save energy: Americans will have to spring their clocks forward by an hour tonight—technically at 2am— for daylight saving time. The sleep-reducing tradition is happening a month earlier than usual in a government effort to cut down on electricity use and take advantage of the extra hour of sunlight, the Boston Globe reports.

But some doubt its energy-saving credo, USA Today reports: California researchers found that while DST decreased consumption of artificial lighting, it increased the use of air conditioning in the summer and heating in the fall. Whatever its purpose, the practice dates back to the Romans. Benjamin Franklin apparently extolled its candle-conserving virtues, but the US didn’t officially sign on until 1918.

Graphic to be used as a reminder of daylight-saving time; 1c x 1 1/4 inches; 46.5 mm x 31.8 mm
Graphic to be used as a reminder of daylight-saving time; 1c x 1 1/4 inches; 46.5 mm x 31.8 mm   (Associated Press)
It's that time of the year again. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
It's that time of the year again. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)   (Getty Images)
Howie Brown adjusts the time on a clock back one hour for the end of day light savings time at Brown's Old Time Clock Shop November 2, 2007 in Plantation, Florida. The end of daylight-saving time goes into effect this weekend and everyone is reminded to set their clock back...
Howie Brown adjusts the time on a clock back one hour for the end of day light savings time at Brown's Old Time Clock Shop November 2, 2007 in Plantation, Florida. The end of daylight-saving time goes...   (Getty Images)
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed the duration of daylight saving from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday in November. Those in favor of the change said the US will save on energy costs by taking advantage of the extra hour of sunlight during the extended...
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed the duration of daylight saving from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday in November. Those in favor of the change said the US will save on energy costs...   (Associated Press)
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