Daylight saving time costs Chicago more than $15 million

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This weekend is a little bit shorter than most. It is time to “spring forward” for “daylight saving time”

Don’t forget to set your clocks an hour ahead before you go to bed Saturday night.

Switching to daylight saving time Sunday morning could cost you more money than sleep.  The spring forward was invented to maximize sunlight working hours and minimize energy use at night.

But, an economics firm says the annual clock change costs Chicago more than $15 million a year in wasted energy.

There’s also an increased risk of heart attacks, workplace injuries and car accidents.

Overall, the time change costs the country nearly $2 billion each year.

The office of the state fire marshal also reminds you, it is a good idea to change the batteries in your smoke alarm as we make the time change.

And do not be too upset about losing an hour of sleep tonight, you’ll get it back in the first week of November when we set the clocks back an hour.


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    • Todd Pardee

      A fellow by the name of Benjamin Franklin proposed DST to France, under an assumed name.
      According to Wikipedia

    • pagan69

      Well it MUST BE TRUE. It’s on the inter-net and they can't put anything on the inter-net that isn't true. Another government think tank with the mantra, Publish or Perish.

  • Larry Sellers

    Well the entire city has 1 less hour to work, so not as much $$$ is made. There you have it – $15mil in waste!

  • evangelin dangelo

    If you think Johnny`s story is exceptional…, 3 weeks ago my son basically actually earnt $9188 working twenty hours a week from home and the're neighbor's mother-in-law`s neighbour was doing this for 8-months and made more than $9188 in their spare time at there computer. use the advice on this page………… BIT40. ℂOℳ

  • mjzeebs

    This is the laziest piece of journalism I've seen. Why is energy wasted? Why do heart attacks increase? Why do workplace injuries occur and car accidents? Could be helpful to provide these answers. Oh, there's also an increased chance of lightning striking the same place twice.

  • Steve

    I never understood the point of DST. It's the same amount of daylight no matter what we call it.
    By the way, what genius came up with all these facts and figures about accidents and such?
    What's that got to do with anything? Sounds like BS Just like DST BS

  • Coco

    Obviously neither does the person who wrote the article know the reason for DST.
    Probably pilfered the article, then edited the reasons out.
    I gave WGN more credit than that