Daylight Saving Time!

It is that time of year where we run around our homes and changes all of our clocks ahead one hour. Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday morning at 2 a.m. We do this in hopes of saving energy, because why turn on a light when Mother Nature supplies light longer into the evening hours. Benjamin Franklin thought of the idea of changing times for energy conservation. He wrote an essay titled “An Economical Project of Diminishing the Cost of Light.” Unfortunately, the idea never passed until about 100 years later. The railroads industry introduced a standardized time for their train schedules. The changing of the clocks started nationally during World War I to save energy and then it was stopped after the war was over. However, it started up again during World War II and then in 1966 Congress passed the Uniform Time Act.

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This post was written by qni_it on March 12, 2011

4 Comments so far

  1. roger March 13, 2011 9:11 AM

    Fail to see the savings. Do we not turn on the lights more in the morning because of it being darker? Is it not just a wash in terms of savings?

  2. Garrett March 13, 2011 4:00 PM

    Roger I couldn’t agree with and echo your sentiments any more!

  3. Justin March 13, 2011 5:18 PM

    Probably why Russia got rid of it all together

  4. Lee March 14, 2011 12:26 AM

    I grew up in Arizona, which does not engage in this silly exercise, and I never needed or missed it. If it is such a great idea, then why not push the clock up two hours or even three. Imagine the savings we would have if people out on a Saturday night did not have to use their headlights until almost midnight. Or, better yet, go on 12 hour daylight silly time. That way the drunks from the bar will have to drive home in the daylight and will be easier to catch. Let it be dark while we all work and save the light for when we are not. Or how about Christmas Savings Time. On December 31st, we put the calendar back a month to repeat Christmas over again. Wouldn’t that be great for the economy? In the summer we could go straight from July to September to make it up.

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