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Does Daylight Savings Time Save Energy? Evidence from Ontario


Nicholas Rivers


University of Ottawa - Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

December 13, 2016


Abstract:     
Daylight Savings Time was adopted for the purposes of reducing energy consumption, but recent studies have cast some doubt on whether it still serves this purpose effectively. This study estimates the effect of Daylight Savings Time on electricity demand in Ontario, Canada. It uses a quasi-experimental approach, by leveraging the fact that the transition to DST occurs on a different day in each year. The results suggest that Daylight Savings Time reduces the demand for electricity by about 1.5 percent in Ontario. The reductions in electricity consumption is concentrated during the evening period. The reduction in electricity demand appears to persist for at least several weeks following the transition to Daylight Savings Time.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: Daylight savings time, energy demand, natural experiment

JEL Classification: Q41, C22


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Date posted: April 30, 2016 ; Last revised: December 14, 2016

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Rivers, Nicholas, Does Daylight Savings Time Save Energy? Evidence from Ontario (December 13, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2772048

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Nicholas Rivers (Contact Author)
University of Ottawa - Graduate School of Public and International Affairs ( email )
75 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada
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