Daylight Saving Time- Pain or Gain?
So, finally I am done with the research and now I am going to put some light on the other side of the coin too, apart from my personal experience mentioned in the previous article. Today, I am going to cover what others feel about Day Light Saving Time and let’s start with the money saving part.
How DST can save you money?
Though setting your clock forward has a number of negative impacts, you can save money by being a little wise.
1. Lessen electricity usage – You can turn down heat as the sun warms your home all through the day. You can do it by keeping the curtains and sheds while you will be at work. You can also save electricity by using fewer lights; focus on outdoor activities instead of watching TV shows or surfing Internet after work or school. This can help you renegotiate cable bill too!
2. Skip expensive gym workout – With additional daylight hours in the evening after work, you can have more time to use for outdoor exercises. You can cancel your expensive gym membership or freeze it for a little monthly fee as you can now walk, run and ride outside.
3. Use money saving deals – If you stay in a chilly area, this is the high time you can stock up some end-of-season athletic wear and other items for less.
4. Look for lucrative deals – When the dark winter negatively impacts on your disposition, shopping may momentarily enhances your mood. With extra daylight, you can spend more time outdoors and avoid visiting malls. As the extra dose of sunlight increases serotonin level of your brain, you will feel good and dodge the urge for shopping.
5. Use less fuel – As you know, gas prices are up once again. Consume less fuel by less depending on your car. Rather wake up a bit earlier and ride your bike or simply walk. If your office is too far to make this concept feasible, at least you can walk to grocery shop by walking after work instead of driving.
What are the pros and cons of DST?
Though DST has a number of disadvantages, it has some advantages too!
i) Preserves energy – It can save conserving time when mass population struggle to get accustomed to the adjusted time. As demand for gas and electricity increases during summer time owing to cooling equipments like air condition, DST can be used as a means of conserving overall household energy in countries like America, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Argentina. Transferring daylight hour to evening can be used to counter blackout and other electrical failures which often occur later in the day. It also decreases requirement for artificial lighting in your home that decreases electricity usages and thus increases energy efficiency. In a nutshell, it helps to maximize natural daylight and reduces exposure to artificial lightnings.
ii) Prevents Vit D deficiency and helps staying fit – It helps to prevent deficiency of vitamin D produced by the body itself from sunlight. Also, the longer sun shines the more hours there are for outdoor physical exercises as well as recreational activities. Additional daylight often encourages people for outdoor activities that let them stay fit.
iii) Ensures more business – Consumer spending increases during DST because of the shifted hour to the evening extends sunset and thus influences consumers to shop more. It helps sporting goods manufacturers, retailers as well as travel and tourism business get advantage of extra afternoon sunlight as the buffer daylight extends sightseeing events for the tourists. It also lengthens daylight leisure time. Halloween sales increase during this time.
iv) Lessens criminal activities – It helps by deterring criminal activities as the shifted daylight hour lets daylight to be observed for one hour more than the norm. Since most crimes are committed after the sun sets, the shifted hour helps reducing the period during which crimes are perpetrated.
i) Leaves negative health impacts – Extra daylight is not good for health and healthcare devices if not prepared for due time change in advance. People often experience irregularity in sleep pattern and thus poor health. It increases the chance of heart attack owing to less sleep and thus more stress insomnia and depression. Mood swing, behavioral changes as well as change in human emotions are also common adverse effects of DST. Medical devices like defibrillators, glucose monitors and pacemakers should be adjusted; otherwise they may stop working properly.
ii) Impacts negatively on financial market and economy – Flipping the clock forward by one hour affects the number of buyers and sellers for trade execution especially on the first Monday after DST. Some negative effects on logistics can also be seen because of the changes in time. With daylight changes, a huge change has to be made in travel plans, schedule for meetings, broadcast times, billing and so on. It leaves adverse effect on farmers’ morning productivity. DST is not good for dairy business too.
iii) Increases road traffic – During spring observance, more daylight brings more people out on road to play or work and that may lead to increase road traffic. The same can be seen in recreational facilities as well as malls.
In my opinion, Daylight Saving Time is good if it could be maintained throughout the year as this would stop schedule changes which seem to create more trouble than benefits. Do you all agree with my views? Or would you like to differ from my drawn conclusion? Whatever your insights might be, just feel free to express those on my FB, G+ or Twitter page. Your thoughts are valuable for me and the same will be appreciated in-spite of the fact that whether those thoughts are supporting or contradicting my insights.