Does DST really save energy?

The first Monday after the switch to Daylight Savings Time is the hardest. It feels like you’re getting up an hour early. But the afternoons are better.

With this year’s early switch to DST, some are saying that switching actually uses more energy, A study led by University of California at Santa Barbara says that electricity usage goes up as we spend more on cooling and heating. The basis of the study was electric bills in Indiana, where only part of the state makes the switch. The increase in electric use was between 1 percent and 4 percent, reports USA Today.

The study has led Congress to agree review the decision, after a federal Department of Energy audit of the impact, reports Earth2Tech.

USA Today: Study: Daylight saving boosts energy use</a>
Earth2Tech: Does Daylight Savings Time Save Energy?
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