Spring forward: Daylight saving time starts Sunday

11 March, 2019, 10:28 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Graphic to be used as a reminder to turn clocks forward one hour 1c x 1 1/4 inches 46.5 mm x 31

So, you may be wondering why on earth we observe daylight savings, considering time is a construct and there are way bigger things to be worrying about right now.

Energy savings from changing clocks has historically been negligible at best. Capital Public Radio sums up nicely the vast hurdles to be hurdled for "Permanent Daylight Saving Time" to become real life (it includes a two-thirds vote in the state legislature, a signature from the governor and also Congressional approval).

At first, individual states observed daylight saving time without any standardization - until Congress passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to hold true. The U.S. Fire Administration says that you should change the batteries at least every year unless the alarms are over ten years old. According to Live Science, research on the topic is mixed, with some studies even finding that daylight saving time may boost energy consumption.

The additional power usage cost IN power users $9 million a year and increased pollution, to boot, the researchers found.

"People tend to shop, dine out, and engage in commercial activities more in after-work daylight", the commission found.

For those of us who will be asleep in bed, researchers estimate we'll all deprive ourselves of an extra 40 minutes of sleep because of the clock change. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 1996 reporting an 8% increase in traffic accidents on the Monday following the spring shift. Remember, sleep does a body good.

Other participants believe it exists to provide more working hours and some just think it costs them an hour of sleep.

- US territories: None of America's island territories observe the time change.

Initially, in Germany, the concept behind Daylight Saving Time was meant to help conserve energy. A slim majority of participants (56 per cent) said they'd prefer if the province stopped the time change.

Even so, the other parties of the war followed suit, and the United States adopted it in 1918. That's down from 37% in 2013 and 45% the year before.

Your evening commute will get brighter.


Thousands of people have signed a petition sponsored by the DST-hating website standardtime.com.

Interestingly, the risk for a heart attack decreases by 21 percent in the fall, when we return to standard time and gain an hour of sleep. In a memorandum to House members dated March 4, 2019, Diamond stated his intent to introduce legislation to "permanently place Pennsylvania on Eastern Standard Time and end the outdated ritual of 'springing forward and falling back'".


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