Saving the Daylight

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By: Amber Elvis

Let’s talk about daylight savings time, you know when we spring forward an hour, and it takes everyone forever to get used to the time change. The worst day is that first Monday, it’s hard to get up and get going. The time change usually takes place the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November. The dates of the time changes just recently changed in 2007 to November, when it was originally in October. The date was changed so that the the trick-or- treaters could have an extra hour of daylight to collect candy, and during the presidential years we would have a better voter turn out because of the extra daylight.

In 1918, they established time zones and daylight savings. Most states in the United States follow the rules of daylight savings time, but most of Arizona doesn’t observe the time change and all of Hawaii doesn’t observe it.

It is said that we participate in Daylight Savings Time to help save money on electricity bills, and when Daylight Savings Time was first created it was to save candles because they didn’t have electricity yet. They say if you get up earlier and have an extra hour of daylight it is easier to complete any work that you need to. Benjamin Franklin wrote an essay  called “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” to the editor of The Journal of Paris in 1784. In the essay, he suggested, although jokingly, that Parisians could economize candle usage by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning, making use of the natural morning light instead. We have been doing this for hundreds of years  now and will continue to do it for many years to come.