AN expert in clean energy has said that by not turning the clocks back over winter, households could save more than £400 a year on electricity.
During winter, energy demand peaks between 5pm and 7pm. Professor Aoife Foley, a clean energy expert at Queen’s University Belfast, said that if the clocks stayed on daylight saving time (DST) it would remain lighter for longer, reducing carbon emissions and energy demand.
“People leave work earlier, and go home earlier, meaning less lighting and heating is needed,” she said.
There has long been debate around whether DST (the UK version is British Summer Time) should be scrapped, with those against the clocks changing arguing that it causes sleep disturbance and leads to road accidents.
In 2019, the European Union voted to get rid of DST, although the change hasn’t happened yet. The UK isn’t in the EU now, so isn’t part of that decision.
A Government spokesperson said that they do not agree with Professor Foley’s claim, saying: “It is wrong to suggest this would save people money.”