Springing forward means dark mornings and bright evenings. How will this have an effect on your utility bill this month? Some might feel like they are conserving electricity by not having to use lights inside the home but, recent studies have cast doubt on the energy argument. Air Conditioning and other household electronics have had a big impact on the U.S. electricity usage patterns according to Matthew Kotchen of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Kotchen found that daylight time led to a 1% overall rise in residential electricity use, costing the state an extra $9million. So even though daylight time reduces the use for household lighting, researchers found an increased demand for cooling on summer evenings. So the question to ask is… If time shifting is such an energy waster why are we still on daylight saving time?