Quick Thought 51 – Leave The Clocks Alone!

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This is Intentionally Vicarious… I’m Todd Youngblood… And I was just sitting here at my desk pondering aimlessly… And after almost two weeks, I find myself still annoyed with the whole business of Daylight Savings Time.

What a pain. Even though the latest “fall back” iteration of this silly practice bestowed a so-called extra hour on us, I for one, used up 23 minutes of it resetting all my clocks. OK, OK… I like clocks and have more of them than a normal person, but still, It’s annoying.

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And there really is no value to anybody who is not operating a retail store. Apparently we do in fact tend to shop more in the daylight than the dark. That’s why the retail lobby badgered Congress into extending DST yet again in 2005.

Yeah, yeah, supposedly there’s energy savings, but that depends on whose research you want to believe. I did my own googling around and found about a 50/50 split on the question. Heating, cooling and lighting are Big 3 energy consumers relevant to this debate. Technology for all of them is dramatically decreasing their energy intensity. LED lighting alone is 75% more efficient.

So enough already. Leave the clocks alone! Call and write your representatives in Congress to kill Daylight Savings Time.

Think about it…

 


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