Daylight saving time has been getting a bad rap. Some are saying that setting our clocks forward one hour today, Sunday, March 11, is just a “big fast waste of time” that “creates chaos and confusion” and might actually use up more energy than it saves — which would be more than unfortunate, as the United States began to observe daylight saving time during World War I to conserve energy, on the theory that having an extra hour of daylight at night meant that people would use less electricity by needing to turn the lights on for fewer hours.
Does gaining an extra hour of sunlight make up for waking up in the dark for weeks?
Since 2007, the period for daylight saving time has been extended by four weeks to promote energy conservation, under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Washington Post reviews some disadvantages (and benefits?) of daylight savings time; I have added one of my own.
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