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Posted: March 9, 2019

British Columbians uncertain about purpose of DST

A recent survey commissioned by BC Hydro finds the majority of British Columbians do not know why Daylight Saving Time (DST) exists.

Daylight Saving Time was first implemented in Canada more than 100 years ago as a way to conserve energy; however, about 60% of British Columbians incorrectly believe its purpose is to provide more sunlight during waking hours.

Others believe it exists to provide more working hours while some just think it costs them an hour of sleep – with 35% saying the time shift has a negative effect on them. Fifty-six per cent of British Columbians would prefer if B.C. remained on standard time year-round.

Several studies have found Daylight Saving Time electricity savings are negligible – or non-existent. In fact, a recent study in Alberta found that it actually has the opposite effect, increasing energy use.

This fall, BC Hydro is planning to release a new report after further research and analysis on Daylight Saving Time, which will examine whether or not this practice saves electricity in B.C.

Remember to spring ahead tomorrow morning, Sunday, March 10.


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