Fall Back an Hour!
It is that time of year again! It is time to set our clocks back one hour in observance of Daylight Saving Time which began on March 11 and officially ends on Nov 4th at 2 am this year. This “holiday” was created for the sole purpose of shifting time to maximize the use of daylight hours and reduce the use of electricity. Actually, as history records, you can thank Benjamin Franklin for coming up with the idea in the first place, but it would take a test trial with the British during World War I, from 1914-1918, before the United States would warm up to eventually practicing the idea. Here are a few extra fun facts from Bigthink.com that most people don’t know about Daylight Saving Time.
-Drop the “s”: It is often mispronounced as Daylight Savings Time. Saving is singular.
-Dipping a Toe in the Water: The United States finally decided to give DST a try in 1919. It was repealed a year later and re-established in 1966.
-Not everyone participates: Internationally 70 nations practice DST, but that is still less than 40%. Japan and China don’t observe it.
-Exceptions in the U.S.: Most states participate except for Hawaii and most of Arizona. U.S. Territories such as Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and American Samoa also do not observe DST.
-Minuscule savings: According to a 2008 U.S. Department of Energy study, they found the decrease to be 0.003%. Some studies show an increase due to extra A/C usage.
-Recreation spike: There are higher sales of golf clubs, footballs, and grilling supplies during DST.
-Set in Stone: President George Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law which set the start of DST in 2007 from the 2nd Sunday in March to the 1st Sunday in November as we know it today.
Enjoy your 49 hour weekend!