Daylight saving time 2011 begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. While may enjoy the extra hour of daylight in the evening, the time change has a bigger purpose. The brainchild of Ben Franklin, daylight saving time was originally created over one hundred years ago to increase hours of sunlight for more time to work and play outdoors. Today daylight saving time is used to conserve energy, but does it really work?
According to some studies, evening lighting consumption was reduced but was wiped by the use of energy in the dark mornings. Another study in Indiana revealed while use of artificial lights decreased, there are increased air-conditioning use because the evenings remained hot in the ongoing daylight.
So is it really worth it?
I don’t really care about this debate whether we save energy or not. All we need to do is to follow the implemented time adjustments so we won’t miss our appointments, right?
So remember to turn your clocks one hour ahead …