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Is daylight saving time actually saving or costing

Written by  Oct 25, 2016

"The main reason for having the Daylight Saving Time (DST) in history was for saving coal which was the main source of energy. But nowadays we can no longer claim that the DST has a positive impact on saving energy. Exactly the opposite, due to the turning the clocks backwards in the autumn and forward in the spring, people keep their air conditioners running longer hours in the summer and they usually turn on their heating devices earlier in the fall. Thus the energy consumption is always increasing, whilst the total savings are minor and insignificant, unlike the past when we were not experienced in this kind of technological development’’, explains Davor Skrlec, the Croatian member of the EU Parliament.

Accordingly, he followed an online survey from the 12th to the 19th of October 2016 on the topic of whether such practices should be kept or terminated in Croatia. In a sample of over 1,500 respondents for all of Croatia who belong to different age groups, environments and levels of education, 85 percent of them said that the Daylight Saving Time in Croatia should be abolished.

The world countries such as India, Japan and China do not use the Daylight Saving Time method. More recently, Russia and Turkey abolished this practice, and now an increasing number of countries around the world are seriously reconsidering the effectiveness of the DST.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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