Monday, March 10, 2014

Daylight Savings Time

Although not used by the majority of the world's countries, daylight saving time is common in the Western world.

  DST is used.
  DST is no longer used.
  DST has never been used.

In the past I have woken up every morning prior to 6:00 am without fail.  Today after setting the clock backs for daylight savings time over the weekend, I woke up abruptly and checked the clock to find it was 6:25 - that meant I had just a few minutes to get in the shower, get dressed and wake my children so that they could begin their morning routine.

It was still dark out this morning at 6:30 and I must say I didn't like it.  I am a morning person.  If we didn't adjust for daylight savings time, wouldn't it be daylight in the morning and still stay light out longer in the evening?  Days get longer don't they during this time of year?  So as I am asking myself all these questions I decided I would do a little research today.  

Who was it that decided that we should set the clocks back an hour in the fall and forward an hour in spring?  and WHY?  It disrupts peoples schedules and internal clocks..I am trying to find a positive here...

So according to Wikipedia, daylight savings time (DST)  was originally proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and was first implemented by Germany and Austria-Hungary in 1916.  Many countries have used it at various times, and most consistantly during the energy crisis of the 1970's.

An early goal of  DST was to reduce the use of incandescent lighting.  This was FORMERLY the primary use of electricity.  Modern heating, cooling, and lighting usage has changed dramatically and research about how DST affects energy use is limited and contradictory.

There are many arguments for and against the practice.  The United States is one of the few areas of the world that do still practice this ritual.  Many areas have stopped.

What is your opinion?

 

 

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