Reconsidering Daylight Savings

Oct 29, 2010
Outside Magazine

Photo by Will Taylor 

Recent studies show that discontinuing Daylight Savings Time (DST) could both save energy and encourage people in the Northern Hemisphere to exercise more, Reuters reports.

"It must be rare to find a means of vastly improving the health and well-being of nearly everyone in the population -- and at no cost," Mayer Hillman of the Policy Studies Institute in Britain, told Reuters. "And here we have it."

Britain and Russian parliamentary members are considering bills which could put an end to DST in those countries. Doctors in support of the bills cite the fact that by extending daylight hours, people are more happy and prone to exercise. One study on Britain found that 0.3% of daily energy use could be elimintaed by ending DST in Britain.

Sounds like a good idea to us. What do you think? Leave your comments below.

--Will Taylor

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