Daylight Savings Cost More Energy

Aron Schatz
November 10, 2008

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As if anyone didn't already know this... Indiana has proved it. We should kill off DST already. Stop changing the dates, just kill it.


These findings are consistent with simulation results that point to a tradeoff between reducing demand for lighting and increasing demand for heating and cooling. We estimate a cost of increased electricity bills to Indiana households of $9 million per year. We also estimate social costs of increased pollution emissions that range from $1.7 to $5.5 million per year. Finally, we argue that the effect is likely to be even stronger in other regions of the United States.


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