LAHORE - The daylight energy conservation programme of the government on one hand may decrease the consumption of electricity slightly, but on the other it will also disturb people from every stratum of life. From April 15, people before going to bed all across the country, would have to make sure that they had set their clocks ahead one hour and updated their PCs since it is a new experiment. The electricity consumers reacting to the news of the time adjustment by one hour ahead, which was approved by the federal cabinet on Wednesday, have said almost every citizen of the country would have to change his or her sleeping habits and the whole lifestyle, but there is no surety that electricity use by the households would reduce during the period. They pointed out that households consume most of the electricity and the government would have to launch an aggressive campaign to make them aware of the daylight energy conservation. Not surprisingly, the housewives are much perturbed by the alien Day Light Savings System. Majority of the Pepco consumers were furious on the government plan to move the clock forward by one hour saying the very next day after the clock was moved forward on June 1, 2008, the citizens complained about how the changing of time had completely made a mess of everything in their household. They said every thing was going wrong because they had not exactly forwarded their clocks one hour forward. Many citizens repeatedly cited the apathy by the airlines and railways that are unlike other government institutions are service providers based upon timings, usually forget to inform their passengers about the newly formulated time schedules. One of them complained, Last time around, it caused a lot of confusion for everybody at the railway stations because trains were now running according to the new timings. He asked the government to ensure proper announcement of schedules besides coordination between various government departments for avoiding utter confusion to the people. A citizen from Muslim Town observed that daylight saving time could prove to be helpful for energy conservation and said energy conservation was a earnest issue needing proper appreciation at the earliest. Historically speaking, experts say the practice of observing daylight saving time has been enforced in many parts of the world since the First World War. At the time it was adopted, it seemed to be very strange practice. They say the observance of daylight saving is more common in the countries lying in the higher altitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, but in Pakistan it would not yield results as government has already tried it last year. Farhat, an employee of a private company, claimed he experienced loss of sleep due to the one hour shift when the government moved the Pakistan Standard Time (PST) by one hour ahead last year, that was to be overcome in late evening hours. Fawad, who works in a private firm in a second shift, opposed the hour-based displacement. He said he usually worked late and last year before the implementation of the decision he used to reach home around 8 pm. But after the change in time, it felt like he was returning at 9 pm and that notion seemed quite frustrating, he added. Wajih Ahmed, a vender in the walled city, pointed out that observing daylight saving time was not feasible in the localities where his home was located as it did not seem to yield any substantial differences, either positive or negative. He said he got back to his residence at around 7 pm when it was quite bright outside, but he still needed to switch on the lights inside, as it was not possible to utilise the natural light. It is to be noted that the government had turned clocks ahead one hour last year on June 1 in view of conserving energy. With clocks going ahead an hour, the Pepco had failed to save electricity during the period according to its projected target. The Pepco had reportedly set a target of saving 500MW electricity daily at the time of introducing the initiative, but it had fallen far short of achieving the target.