Save people money with summer time

Is daylight saving time a good idea?

Per time change

Saving energy as an argument for summer time - that is Kokolores today. It used to be different. Because the additional daylight saved electricity in the evening, the time change was once attractive in terms of energy policy. Today, however, firstly, LED technology provides highly efficient light, and secondly, due to the many new electricity consumers in the house, lighting is hardly relevant for the electricity bill. In today's leisure society, one must even assume that bright summer evenings provoke additional energy consumption - because people are more on the move, often by car. A country that wants to save energy has to think about something other than turning the clock.

Regardless of the energy policy, summer time is still a nice achievement because the additional hour of daylight in the evening means quality of life - during sport, in leisure time, in the garden. Those who enjoy being in nature would miss summer time very much if it were abolished. To keep this in mind: In July in southern Baden it would be dark at nine o'clock without a time change, in late summer it would already be at half past seven.

Wise guys have therefore suggested that summer time should last all year round. A bizarre thought. Then it would still be dark at 8:30 in the morning in December. Does anyone want that?

In short: The demand to abolish the clock change is largely actionism (with the possible exception of agriculture, which simply cannot explain the change to its animals). Ultimately, the question of summer time is a balance between the effort (changing the biorhythm twice a year) and the benefit (the long evenings). Today people accept time shifts of many hours even for short vacation trips. Bringing it to this level, an hour change is no more than the jet lag of a trip to England - not a bad investment for a full summer of long evenings. Therefore, a prognosis is daring: If summer time were canceled, the discussion about its reintroduction would begin immediately. Because suddenly everyone realizes what they are losing.

Against time change

There is this question every six months: advance or postpone? What do you have to do with the watches that can't do it alone? Because of the time change during the night, has it been one o'clock instead of two - or three o'clock instead of two? This weekend you have to introduce the hands. But why? The evenings are getting longer, why are we skipping an hour?

But even if you let the headache be and just follow what is in the newspaper, the change is and remains an imposition. The early riser, who has to go to work in the morning or send the children to school, was just happy that it was finally light in the morning after the long winter, which clearly lifts the mood. And what happens? The sunrise is postponed by an hour. When you step outside the door, it's dark again.

Why is a slow organic development suddenly interrupted? Economic rationality was once the reason that daylight saving time was introduced. Energy should be saved on long evenings. Once again, life was subjected to efficiency thinking.

It is high time that this was changed again. Not only because the savings effect is nothing. But also because many people's internal clock is disrupted by the time change. A few years ago, a motorists' association used the statistics to show that the number of traffic accidents increases in the days after the switch. The people who got out of bed are still tired. And in almost every second family, a health insurance company now reports, according to a survey, children have problems falling asleep and getting up after the time change.

It doesn't have to be. Just as little as the regular depression, which affects sensitive people when the time comes back in autumn - forwards, backwards? - is changed. Then it suddenly gets dark in the late afternoon. Instead of being able to prepare for the coming winter and retreat, you are condemned to do so. That is unnatural and unnecessary.