Recnetly had this disucssion with my brother about the benefits of putting the clock forward 2 hours instead of just 1.

Seem like a pretty solid arguement to me. We could apprently cut carbon emissions (guardian claims 1.2 million tons and 10:10 Lighter Later claims 447,000 tons a year) and have longer evenings with no noticable affect on our lives.....win-win?

Any thoughts...

This is taken from the Lighter Later website:



he first reason the change would save energy and cut carbon is simple: by more closely matching the times when most of us are awake with the times that the sun is shining, we would reduce our daily need for electric lighting. Think about a summer day: few people are awake at, say, 5am when the sun comes up, but most homes have their lights on at 9.30pm when the sun goes down.

The second reason that shifting the clocks would save energy and carbon is a little more complicated. When we all use electricity at the same time this results in even more fuel consumption and carbon emissions than usual, because the least efficient power stations get fired up to meet the extra ‘peak’ in demand. At present, the peak demand period for electricity each day – the period between 4pm to 6.30pm, when most of us arrive home from work, school or university – coincides with nightfall for much of the year. So as well as switching on the kettle and the television when we get home, we're also switching all the lights on at the same time, making that peak in demand even higher than it would have been already.

By having lighter evenings we will use less electricity overall and we’ll flatten out the peaks in demand, too, saving a whole lot of energy and carbon in the process. Experts predict carbon savings of at least 447,000 tonnes each year – and that's just in the winter, with considerable extra savings expected in the summer.

To put that figure in perspective, 447,000 tonnes of CO2 is equivalent to more than 50,000 average cars driving all the way around the earth, or 1788 plastic bags being produced for each home in the UK."