I posted this last year, however if you missed it, here it is again!! =-)
Fall Back, Spring Ahead!!
Daylight saving time was first thought of by Mr. Benjamin Franklin back in 1784, when he suggested that using sunlight was cheaper than using candles. In 1907, William Willett an Englishman, was the next man to further the cause. He passed away before seeing the first county, Germany, embrace daylight saving time in 1916.
Contrary to popular belief, daylight saving time was not wanted by farmers and strongly rallied against it. Farmers never based their days on a clock, but the sun itself. Cows don’t tell time any more than wheat does.
Daylight saving time was implemented in the U.S. during the World Wars to conserve energy, however three weeks after WWII, daylight saving was repealed. States and localities could start and end daylight saving whenever they pleased, a system that Time magazine (an aptly named source) described in 1963 as “a chaos of clocks.” In 1965, there were 23 different pairs of start and end dates in Iowa alone, and St. Paul, Minnesota, even initiated daylight saving two weeks before its twin city, Minneapolis. Passengers on a 35-mile bus ride from Steubenville, Ohio, to Moundsville, West Virginia, passed through seven time changes. Order finally came in 1966 with the enactment of the Uniform Time Act, which standardized daylight saving time from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, although states had the option of remaining on standard time year-round.
This of course was changed by President Bush in 2007 to be 4 weeks longer…. THANKS, not.
Hawaii, Arizona and the Navajo Nation do not observe daylight saving time. The U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands also remain on standard time year-round. Some Amish communities also choose not to partake in daylight saving time. Around the world, only about one-quarter of the world’s population, in approximately 70 countries, observe daylight saving. Since their daylight hours don’t vary much from season to season, countries closer to the equator have little need to deviate from standard time.
This was all done to try to save resources, energy and money… However, environmental economist Hendrik Wolff, of the University of Washington, found that the Daylight saving did indeed drop lighting and electricity use in the evenings… HOWEVER, higher energy demands during darker mornings completely canceled out the evening gains.