A couple of years back I wrote on Amish and daylight savings time.

I cited an informal survey I’d done among northern Indiana Amish unhappy with the state’s forced change to DST in 2006.  Previously only a few counties had followed it.

Among their reasons for being anti-DST, Amish have pointed to tradition and the extra hour of summer sunlight (translated:  an extra hour to be outside working and for children to be running around) as tiring.

Turns out there are economic negatives as well.

The Wall Street Journal ran an article a while back titled ‘Daylight Saving Wastes Energy, Study Says’ on research showing that the Indiana change has cost households $8.6 million in increased electric bills.

One big reason is the greater use of air-conditioning, less common when DST studies were performed three decades ago.

Coming home earlier from work means cooling the house for an extra hour.  It may also mean heating it during the cooler morning period.

Though the study seems to prove the case pretty solidly, some caution against applying it to all states and regions, as local factors such as climate may vary.

Interestingly, it seems this isn’t the only time issue for Indiana.  The article closes by noting that ‘a separate debate over whether the state should be on Central or Eastern Time rages on.’  Time zones matter more than we might think!

(Oh yeah–and if you haven’t changed your clock yet today…)

Plus: Donald Kraybill on DST and four Ohio Amish affiliations


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