I work in Information Technology and I have to monkey with this time change event twice a year. It’s a hassle and as you look deeper into why we do it, you realize it is silly and no longer useful.
The origin of this concept was Ben Franklin in 1784. The old goat felt that changing the time would save on candles. He was probably right, but he could have as easily awoken an hour later to begin his day.
During the World Wars, DST was used by some countries as a cost savings effort to help fund their war efforts. FDR called it “war time” and it was enforced after Pearl Harbor bombing. After Japan surrendered, it became known as “peace time”.
Daylights Savings it confusing for obvious reasons. It’s 4 oclock here and 5 oclock there and we are 2 miles from each other (bordering cities). Not all of the country participated originally. It was 1966 when Congress passed the Uniform Time Act and it was modified in 2005 by extending it by a month.
The modern reality:
Energy consumption savings from DST is minimal and can be easily offset by energy efficient bulbs, appliances, and adding solar energy sources. Let’s stop this antiquated practice of adjusting our clocks. If local governments, schools, and businesses want to make use of the daylight hours why not adjust your schedules instead.
If you want to see an end to DST, visit the White House Petition site and sign it.