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Who’s saving with “Daylight Saving Time”?   5 comments

I really like this quote: I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I’ve saved all year.” Victor Borge

Everybody knows that we “SPRING ahead and FALL back”. We also know if we don’t push our clocks ahead tonight when we retire, we will be late to church or anything else we had planned to do!

But do you know why we do this and what it buy us? With the cost of fuel sky-rocketing, I found myself pleased to find gas for “only $3.25 gal, I ask myself this week…. “Who’s saving with Daylight Saving Time?” Apparently, the correct terminology is “Daylight Saving Time”, not Daylight Savings Time, as most of us have been calling it for years.

 If you watch this video, you too might ask the question that I posed above!

Maybe in 1917 when the US started using DST, it made more sense. Today nearly 100 years later, I have questions!

1. Does DST save electricty? This is what some documentation says:  The extra hour of daylight in the evening is said to give children more social time with friends and family and can even boost the tourism industry because it increases the amount of outdoor activies. DST is considered as a means to save energy due to less artificial light needed during the evening hours

Truth: Really… helps tourism? Some would disagree. Maybe it helps waterparks, but what about resturants that people patronize after the sun goes down? This may have been true back when the program was implimented in 1917, but the way we use our private vehicles to drive most everywhere we go, I believe that this adds to fuel consumption.

2. Less auto accidents? Some believe that it could be linked to reducing the amount of road accidents and injuries. 

Truth: Okay I’ll give you this one…DST does seem to reduce auto accident as a matter of fact a 5% reduction in crashes fatal to pedestrians. I assume this is due to the extended daylight hours / better vision.

3. Do farmers like DST? It was largely held that the agricultural community was in favor of DST.

Truth: No the farmers are not happy to see DST come around as they only have a few hours to get their fresh produce to market between sunrise and say 9am when the maket opens….now they have one LESS hour to do so!

There are many more aruguments like the fact that there are 5% MORE heartattacks on the days following the begining of DST, likely due to the sleep deprivaton brought on by the changes in sleeping patterns. 

I’m just here to say that if gas keep rising like it has, maybe our law makers should take a serious look at this and it is is RAISING our fuel consumption, why are we still doing it? Some of us are couponing to say money on food… Maybe an extra hour of daylight in the summer is just getting TOO COST PROHIBITIVE!

Tell me what you think…. and oh yeah, push your clock ahead tonight!

Post script: Hawaii, Arizona, Puerto Rico and some other warm places don’t observe DST because they are sunny all the time. Truth: Maybe they know something we don’t know!

For those who’s little ones might have questions of their own….A Little History:

Benjamin Franklin first suggested Daylight Saving Time in 1784, but modern DST was not proposed until 1895 when an entomologist from New Zealand, George Vernon Hudson, presented a proposal for a two-hour daylight saving shift to the Wellington Philosophical Society.

The conception of DST was mainly credited to an English builder, William Willett in 1905, when he presented the idea to advance the clock during the summer months. His proposal was published two years later and introduced to the House of Commons in February 1908. The first Daylight Saving Bill was examined by a select committee but was never made into a law. It wasn’t until World War I, in 1916, that DST was adopted and implemented by several countries in Europe who initially rejected the idea.

In which direction does the clock move?

The clock moves ahead (thus, losing one hour) when DST starts, typically in the spring, and falls back one hour (thus, gaining one hour) when DST ends in the fall. To make it easier to remember which way the clock goes, keep in mind one of these sayings: spring forward, fall back or “spring ahead, fall behind.”

Resources:
http://topnews.us/content/236499-daylight-savings-2011

http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2011.html

http://overtake.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/its-time-to-do-some-daylight-saving/

http://www.ethicsoup.com/2009/03/daylight-saving-time-more-accidents-heart-attacks.html

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