Cancun, Q.R. — More than one billion peso has been saved already this year by the states of Quintana Roo and Sonora for opting out of daylight savings time.
According to statistics provided by the government Energy Secretariat, 1.3 billion peso, or the equivalent of approximately $70 million USD, has been saved between the two states. They say that a energy consumption savings of 899,754 gigawatts per hour (GWh) has been saved since spring daylight savings in April.
The amount of energy saved since the spring was enough to power 563,000 homes for one year, they said in a statement. The seasonal savings were calculated on an average energy cost of 1.48 pesos per kilowatt hour.
They added that the modified clocks have also seen the states eliminate 408,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions into the air, which is the main pollutant for greenhouse effects. The government Energy Secretariat says this is the equivalent of burning 146 million barrels of oil.
Mexico has participated in daylight savings time since 1996, however in 2014, the states of Quintana Roo and Sonora opted out. On October 29, other states across the country will adjust their clocks accordingly for DST.
Cancún, Riviera Maya and the rest of the state of Quintana Roo currently observes Eastern Standard Time (EST) all year.