Tuesday, March 04, 2008
So some guy wrote a paper about Daylight Saving Time (DST). Recently a bunch of counties in Indiana decided to join the rest of the nation and observe DST. This made it possible to compare the energy usage with and with DST during the summer months. He found that DST "costs Indiana households an additional $8.6 million in electricity bills."
Hey, let this serve as a reminder that DST starts at 2am on Sunday.
Basically (this means if you don't want to read the linked article, you will get the gist), DST was proposed originally by Ben Franklin to save candles in Paris. During WWII the US used DST to save some electricity, and during the oil crisis of the 1970's DST was brought back for the same reason. It has been an institution since. The only difference is the prevalence of air conditioning now. So in the hot summer months people get home to a house that is hotter and therefore use more AC.
It's good to know that the church doesn't have a monopoly on the continuation of anachronistic traditions that end up doing more harm than good.