Daylight Saving Time
Don’t forget to turn your clock ahead at 2:00 am tomorrow. Yes, it is Daylight Saving Time. The US is one, of about 40 % of countries worldwide who use it to make better use of daylight and to conserve energy. So, tomorrow we shall spring it forward.
Benefits Of DST
You will discover there is more light to enjoy in the evening hours. It is reported that crime rates drop during this time of the year. Your costs are lowered as it minimizes energy consumption. It also reduces the number of traffic accidents. These facts are, however, disputed by opponents of DST.
Why Twice A Year?
Clocks are changed twice a year. This came about to provide more daylight during the evening hours in the spring and summer. It was later created as a way to try and conserve energy. Since this came about studies have not determined whether or not more or less energy is used.
US Started DST in 1918
In 1918 the US decided to use Daylight Savings Time to save fuel during wartime. This was the same time Germany started using DST. It was also at this time that the US Chamber of Commerce determined that DST provided a boost to the US economy. They determined that the later it stayed lighter outside the more time Americans would have time to shop at their favorite businesses.
William Willett Wanted DST
An Englishman, by the name of William Willett, was on an early morning horseback ride in the outskirts of London in 1905. He felt that the United Kingdom should move its clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October. He determined that this would allow more people the enjoyment of plentiful sunlight. He spent much of his fortune promoting “summertime.” Year after year the British Parliament said “no.” Willett died in 1915 at the age of 58 without ever seeing his idea turn into a reality.
Not All Of US Participates In DST
Hawaii and Arizona, except for the state’s Navajo Nation, do not observe DST. The US territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands also continue with standard time throughout the year. There are also Amish communities that do not participate.
DST Is Somewhat Controversial
Different states have different opinions regarding DST. As of today, 34 states want to make DST permanent while eliminating standard time. Opponents of DST argue that studies indicate there is an increase in car accidents, heart attacks, and suicides in the days following time changes. The fight to continue or to stop the time changes has been ongoing for years. Most likely it will continue in the years ahead. So, instead of arguing tomorrow, it is easier to just set your clock one hour ahead.