As I was walking
(my dog) this morning and the first rays of sunrise glistened off the bay, it occurred to me that if I wanted to see a sunrise tomorrow I would have to take my canine companion for a walk at 5 a.m. instead. So I enjoyed my last sunrise experience, for the time being anyway, and my thoughts turned to the idea of Daylight Savings. I had researched the concept (hoping to gain some understanding of the whacky time adjustment) a few years ago and thought this would be a great time to share what I’d learned with my loyal blog readers. Jamaica
The idea of daylight savings was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin during his sojourn as an American delegate in
in 1784. Parisian culture required late bedtimes (hours past midnight), and yet the bright morning rays of sun shone through his window at six a.m. the next day when Paris would have preferred to sleep until noon. “Wasted daylight,” he’d concluded, and set to work calculating the amount of candle wax unnecessarily expended with this habit. On the assumption that 100,000 Parisian families burned half a pound of candles per hour for an average of seven hours per day (the average time for the summer months between dusk and the supposed bedtime of Parisians), the account would stand thus: Franklin
183 nights between 20 March and 20 September times 7 hours per night of candle usage equals 1,281 hours for a half year of candle usage. Multiplying by 100,000 families gives 128,100,000 hours by candlelight. Each candle requires half a pound of tallow and wax, thus a total of 64,050,000 pounds. At a price of thirty sols per pound of tallow and wax, the total sum comes to 96,075,000 livre tournois. An immense sum.
Over the next two-and-a-half centuries, the concept of daylight savings (otherwise known as Summer Hours in other parts of the world) has gone in and out of favor. There have always been proponents, touting the energy saved, and the opponents, saying that if people want to enjoy daylight they should just get out of bed an hour earlier each day. Not only is it disruptive to schedules (and anyone who has children or animals who don’t grasp the concept, this can be an incredibly frustrating semi-annual transition), there is some evidence that the number of auto accidents increase the week after a change as people adjust to the new light levels during their commute.
, daylight savings time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November, with the changeover occurring at 2 a.m. local time. Not all places in the United States observe daylight time. In particular, U.S. Hawaii and most of do not use it. Arizona adopted its use beginning in 2006. Indiana
Things could be worse…during World War II,
practiced a Double Summer Hours, moving their clocks ahead two hours. England
You can find out more, LOTS more, more than you ever probably want to know, about daylight saving at :http://webexhibits.org/daulightsaving