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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fall Back

Good ol' fall back is taking it's effect tonight. I've always enjoyed when we put the clocks back ever since I was a kid. Extra hour of sleep, and.... ok so there is only one plus and it's only for one night instead of every night, get's lighter a earlier and of course it gets darker earlier.

So what is the point of this? Daylight Saving Time (not Savings time like commonly said by numerous people) was brought into effect during World War I to help save energy for war production in the later evening hours of summer, April - October. Then again during World War II the government requested we observe the time changes again. Between the wars each state and community chose whether or not they would continue doing this, until 1966 when Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the legth of which Dalight Saving Time would happen.

In 2005 the Energy Policy Act was passed which would increase the legth of DST by four weeks, from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November, with hopes that it would save 10,000 barrels of oil each day by companies during daylight hours. In 2007 is when this act took effect on the country.

So what do you think. Is a 1% increase in energy savings during DST worth it? Not every business experiences a saving from DST.

3 comments:

Anji said...

It cetainly tell us that winter is coming. I always feel sorry for the teenagers where we live. They leave for school in the dark and they return home in the dark for a while.

Rhetoric Camel said...

Anji - It's the same with me, I leave for work at 5:30am and get home at 5pm, so it's dark when I wake up and dark when I get out. And it's nice bright and sunny beautiful days while I'm inside working. Blah! haha.

Don said...

I think that the savings now experienced, with today's technologies are VERY minimal and make the need to go in and out of daylight savings time obsolete. I agree with Nevada (and I think Arizona) who never adapted and accepted the changes, and leave their clocks alone year around...

Time to do away with DST.