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Dublin: 12°C Tuesday 20 October 2020

Poll: Should we stay on Summer Time for good?

Some people reckon keeping the extra hour of daylight would save electricity. Should we keep summer time forever?

THE CLOCKS WENT forward an hour this morning – meaning an hour less in bed for anyone getting up on a deadline this morning.

It’s been suggested by a few people – including Russia’s president Dmitry Medvedev – that the change is “irritating” and should be abolished. In Russia’s case, this will be the last time that the clocks go forward an hour.

Other previous studies in the US – in areas where the summer time project was extended by a few weeks, into November instead of the usual October – have shown that the amount of electricity used by homes falls significantly when there’s an hour of extra daylight, and natural heat, to exploit.

So – now that the UK is considering staying an hour ahead – with plans to adopt ‘Central European Time’, an hour ahead of now - should we similarly rethinking our thinking of time? Or should we keep the current system, which at least ensures brighter mornings during the winter?

Poll Results:

Keep summer time forever (1365)
Keep the status quo (253)
Keep winter time forever (83)

Turning back the clock… to Dublin Mean Time >

About the author:

Gavan Reilly

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