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Dark Enough Mornings For You?

This morning as I raced out the door to get my son to the bus stop in time, I was amazed at how dark it was. Granted it’s a rainy day here in NJ (as predicted by the Farmers’ Almanac) but at 6:55 a.m. it was really very dark.

As you may recall, in 2005 an Energy Policy Act that the Bush administration signed extended daylight saving time. Staring in 2007, we didn’t move the clocks back to Standard time until the first Sunday of November, and changed back to DST on the second Sunday of March.

In the 2007 Farmers’ Almanac, we asked readers what you thought of this change We pointed out that while the underlying reason to extend daylight saving time was to save energy, we questioned whether or not the darker mornings (when people are getting ready for school and work) really encourage energy saving efforts.

Sunrise for October 28, 2009, in New York City is 7:29 a.m. and sunset will be 5:51 p.m. And it’s supposed to rain again. It seems a bit late for the sun to finally rise doesn’t it? A week from tomorrow the sun will rise at 6:39 a. m. Eastern Standard Time, but the sun will set at 4:41 p.m. EST.

Which do you prefer .. more light in the morning or more in the evening? Better yet which do you think saves energy… darker mornings or darker evenings? This is a tough one for me as I hate to see the days get dark before work ends, but these dark mornings are hard to wake up to. I do have a friend who constantly reminds me that the days will start getting longer after the winter solstice, so maybe I’ll vote for lighter mornings.

Share your thoughts here. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back this weekend before you head to bed on Saturday night.

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1 Pam { 10.28.09 at 2:30 pm }

I prefer darker evenings. Get Folks off the streets sooner. We’re all like the chickens, we tend to go in after the dark:) This may sounds strange, but to me there’s something cozy about the dark evenings.

2 brian { 10.28.09 at 8:15 am }

Daylight savings time is a political joke. You have x number of min. Of daylight per day. We are a 24 hour a day society. Changing time is just a inconvenience. Get rid of it would be the best thing. How much money is wasted on this stupid idea every year. I don’t know but i bet a lot.

3 Janet { 10.27.09 at 7:44 pm }

Definitely prefer darker mornings. I am a morning person anyway and have more difficulty focusing late in the afternoon, so when it starts getting dark at that time, my challenge becomes greater. But I guess that doesn’t really address the saving energy question…other than my personal energy.

4 Mike Burleson { 10.27.09 at 3:17 pm }

Like you, I don’t think this saves much energy. It is pretty dark out there too with the kids at the Bus Stop. And we have a whole month more of this! They should change this back to the way it was.

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