At 2 a.m. on March 8, 2009, groggy Americans will turn their clocks forward one hour, marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST). I hate daylight saving time the way that the French hate a loaf of Velveeta.
I find it terribly ironic that only after I moved to Indiana did the state start following DST. And a new study, by Matthew Kotchen and Laura Grant of University of California at Santa Barbara reports that DST increases residential energy use. The article is available at “Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Indiana”