Monday, November 7, 2011

Saving Time

How does that work exactly? Saving time? We spring forward. Then we fall back. OR We spring ahead. Then we fall behind. Some of us spring back and fall forward. On our face. That's where I feel today. The time change always messes with my schedule. Yesterday at 5 o'clock it felt like it was 7 and I should be winding down for the day. This morning, I was awake at my normal time but that is actually an hour earlier. Good grief! Who thought this time change was a good idea? Here's what I found out:

How and When Did Daylight Saving Time Start?
Ben Franklin—of "early to bed and early to rise" fame—was apparently the first person to suggest the concept of daylight savings, according to computer scientist David Prerau, author of the book Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time.
While serving as U.S. ambassador to France in Paris, Franklin wrote of being awakened at 6 a.m. and realizing, to his surprise, that the sun would rise far earlier than he usually did. Imagine the resources that might be saved if he and others rose before noon and burned less midnight oil, Franklin, tongue half in cheek, wrote to a newspaper.
"Franklin seriously realized it would be beneficial to make better use of daylight but he didn't really know how to implement it," Prerau said.
It wasn't until World War I that daylight savings were realized on a grand scale. Germany was the first state to adopt the time changes, to reduce artificial lighting and thereby save coal for the war effort. Friends and foes soon followed suit.
In the U.S. a federal law standardized the yearly start and end of daylight saving time in 1918—for the states that chose to observe it.
During World War II the U.S. made daylight saving time mandatory for the whole country, as a way to save wartime resources. Between February 9, 1942, and September 30, 1945, the government took it a step further. During this period daylight saving time was observed year-round, essentially making it the new standard time, if only for a few years.
Since the end of World War II, though, daylight saving time has always been optional for U.S. states. But its beginning and end have shifted—and occasionally disappeared.
During the 1973-74 Arab oil embargo, the U.S. once again extended daylight saving time through the winter, resulting in a one percent decrease in the country's electrical load, according to federal studies cited by Prerau.
Thirty years later the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was enacted, mandating a controversial monthlong extension of daylight saving time, starting in 2007. (taken from the national geographic website)

Personally, I'm with Arizona who does not change their clocks. Let's just live with the time we have and enjoy today, This Day!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. Have a fabulous day and week.

Peace and Joy,

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV) 1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.


Penny said...

I have to always teach my students that it's daylight saving time, not "savings." Not sure if it's a Southern thing or not, but we like to add an "s" to that middle word, lol.

Jacqueline said...

Dearest sweeet susan, it's so lovely to meet you at Divas & dreams workshop! I look forward to connecting with you more. Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!


Katherine Aucoin said...

I'm just happy to get my hour back and get caught up on my sleep! lol

I do like that it gets dark early in the winter, makes our home feel more warm and cozy.

Hope all is well with you, Susan! Hugs~

Lori said...

I agree. Let's just leave the time be what the time is. :)

gigi said...

Arizona has the right idea. I've already had a 30 minute nap this afternoon and I NEVER take naps. Even my dogs and cats are out of wack :(
Happy Monday anyway!

Mary said...

Wait. Someone wrote a WHOLE BOOK on daylight savings time?
My hubby had a great idea: split the difference, move the time 30 minutes and leave it!