Saturday, November 3, 2007

Does Daylight Saving Time Really Save Anything?

Don't forget to adjust your clocks tonight -- if you have the old-fashioned kind of clocks that you have to adjust yourself.

Some appliances, like computers, come equipped to change the time for you, when we shift to daylight saving time and when we shift back to standard time. That's a useful thing to have now that we start daylight saving time a few weeks earlier than we used to and we end it about a week later than we used to.

That's one of the problems we've had this year. Some of those appliances weren't equipped to extend daylight saving time into November. And that's caused inconvenience.

I, for one, have never been much of a fan of daylight saving time.

One of the ideas behind it was the notion that making this time shift would save people on their energy bills, but there's never been any conclusive evidence to show that consumers benefit financially. I was thinking about that today while I was filling up on gas that is now over $2.80 a gallon in my neighborhood.

I think $3.00/gallon will be coming along sooner than you might think. We might set a few more records before it levels off.

Read the editorial in today's Los Angeles Times. The Times says our insatiable thirst for oil simply enriches our enemies.

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