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Time Change DST Costs Money

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Daylight Savings Time clock change is 2am on Sunday March 9th. Spring Forward, means put your clock ahead one hour effectively leading you to adjust your natural sleep schedule to get up one hour earlier. If you ask people what advantage comes from daylight savings time, most would tell you the main purpose is to save money on energy costs. Benjamin Franklin forwarded the idea with his whimsical 1784 paper entitled An Economical Project, and it made sense. Back then, if you could reduce the amount of time you burned your oil lamp or candle, you could save money. But the idea is out of step with the modern world.


States can decide whether or not to participate in DST and three states in the United States do not follow the Daylight Savings Time (DST) model. They are Hawaii, Arizona, and Indiana. In April 2006, that changed when Indiana joined the ranks of DST observers.

And with that change came statistical information. University of California Santa Barbara economics professor Matthew J Kotchen studied the numbers and would you believe what he found? Changing the clocks actually costs the average household more money! Energy providers benefit at the hands of the American population.

How? While it is true lighting costs are reduced, this is more than offset by the increased cost of heating and air-conditioning expenses. We’ll keep you informed of this and other entertaining news.

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  • On a related note, does anybody have a good solution for a hosted timecard system? I need something that can be locked down by IP address (so folks can’t login and change time from anywhere) and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (which is why were using a free open source timeclock script ) and is simple and easy to use.

    Comment by TimeClock Software — 2008 March 27 @ 3:12 pm

  • It is Wednesday afternoon as I land at Narita airport, some 13. 5 hours of flight- time from my departure city of Dallas, yet an entire day later as I cross the International Date Line. This is my 46 th flight to Tokyo, but I approach it with a new sense of energy and wonder. The purpose of this Asia tour is to meet with our alumni, companies, other universities and friends to strengthen the bond uniting our university and graduate school to a dynamic and important group of people and institutions. …

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