Daylight Saving Time is Back!

Daylight Saving Time starts in most parts of the world, including the United States, on Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 am. Other parts of the world such as countries in Europe will begin on Sunday, March 26th.

Do you know why we have Daylight Saving Time?

What is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Saving Time is something many countries in various areas of the world do during summer months by moving the clocks one hour forward so that evening daylight lasts an hour longer. Clocks are adjusted at the beginning of spring and are adjusted back in the fall. This is referred to as standard time.

Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday, the weekend, to help with the one hour time transition. Ideally, people have Sunday to adapt to the time change so they aren’t late for work.

History of Daylight Saving Time

Benjamin Franklin, historical American inventor, proposed a form of Daylight Saving time in 1784. He wrote an essay, “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” to the editor of The Journal of Paris. Franklin suggested that people could get the most from candles by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning, making use of the natural morning light instead.

George Hudson, entomologist and astronomer from New Zealand, later proposed the idea of Daylight Saving Time in 1895 with a more structured plan. 

First Adopters

  • Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada was the first location to adopt Daylight Saving Time in 1908.
  • Germany was the first country organized the first nationwide implementation, starting on April 30, 1916.
  • The United States adopted it in 1918 but was repealed shortly after. It was reinstated permanently in 1942.

Fun Fact: Most of the state of Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Why Adjust the Clocks?

It’s believed that adjusting the clocks an hour ahead provides people with an extra hour of daylight during their scheduled waking hours.

With this extra hour of daylight, it is thought it conserves energy consumption. However, research results are debatable that energy is actually being conserved.

Areas with higher latitudes and closer to the equator are not as affected as other parts of the world.  For example, Alaska has periods throughout the year where it is daylight or dark for a majority of the day. If the sun is abnormally present throughout the day, any adjustment to the clocks will in ineffective.

Do you live in an area of the world with Daylight Saving Time? How does it affect your schedule?