Daylight saving time: Failing at original intent?

Springing forward may mean using more energy

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Daylight saving time began Sunday, but according to research, it may be actually decreasing energy efficiency, the opposite of its original intent.

The U.S. government adopted DST in 1918 so Americans would rely less on artificial light sources, thereby decreasing overall energy usage.

But according to Bustle, a National Bureau of Economic Research study showed the state of Indiana increased its energy consumption by 1 percent after adopting DST in 2006.

Other research at the University of Michigan and the University of Washington concluded that DST has a negative effect, if any at all, in reducing electricity use and green house gas emissions, according to Bustle.

The Bustle article concluded that DST may not be working because Americans live by their clocks, not by daylight, with many workers rising early and using lights in the dark early morning hours.