The daylight saving time generates great benefits for the country’s economy, the environment, tourism, an has a positive impact on the daily life of thousands of Mexican families as the savings made in one year represent a saving in consumption of 740 millions pesos.
Hours from this measure’s implementation, the Secretary of the Energy Commission of the Chamber of Deputies Sharon Cuenca Ayala, indicated that daylight saving time represents a saving in electricity consumption of 602 thousand houses, which represents a great benefit for families, mainly for low-income households.
The legislator mentioned that the main goal of this program –which starts next April the third and ends the last Sunday of October– is to save energy. In fact, according to data from the Trust for Electric Energy Saving, in 2015 1,046.47 gigawatts per hour were saved, which amounts to the capacity of the La Yesca hydroelectric plant in Nayarit.
Meanwhile, in terms of the environment, 406,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions were avoided, this being the main pollutant of the greenhouse effect, as well as the burning of 1,33 millions oil barrels.
Cuenca Ayala stated that, in economic terms, energy saving obtained by this program represents a saving of about one billion 470 million pesos, taking into account the average cost of electric energy for 1.4048 kilowatts per hour for home users.
The official added that the savings accumulated sin the beginning of the program in 1996 amount to over 22, 853 gigawatts, enough to cover the electricity consumption of 13,15 million homes during a whole year.