Does Changing Clock Save Energy in Lebanon?
Lebanon turns the clock one hour backward last Saturday midnight. According to reports, changing clocks would save energy and cut carbon. By matching the times, most people are awake with the times when the sun is shining, they would reduce their daily need for electric lighting. But how does changing the clock affect Lebanese citizens, while Lebanon is desperate for energy. With electricity usually cut off over 8 hours daily, many spend most of the time on a candlelight or pay a monthly fee for a private generator to light up his home or office. Lebanon has lacked for years access to electricity. Lebanon's state-owned electricity company (EDL), provides power to most of the country, registers $1.5 billion in debt annually and cannot afford to purchase enough fuel to keep the lights on 24 hours a day.
Some measures have been taken by the Energy Ministry to find adequate solutions such as the achievement of the Wind Atlas and some other projects, one of them conduced with Electricite Du Liban (EDL) to create the first turbine which finances itself through its own fund.
What is sure, however, in Lebanon is that chaning clocks reduces pollution coming from generators.
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