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The Shocking Truth About Daylight Saving Time

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Pop quiz time! True or false? 1. Daylight Saving Time helps us conserve energy. 2. Daylight Saving Time was developed to help farmers. 3. Daylight Saving Time unequivocally reduces traffic deaths.

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Kathy B (106)
Monday March 3, 2014, 5:10 pm
Pop quiz time! True or false?

1. Daylight Saving Time helps us conserve energy.

2. Daylight Saving Time was developed to help farmers.

3. Daylight Saving Time unequivocally reduces traffic deaths.

The answer to all of these? False.

Although most Americans will routinely turn their clocks ahead an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall, polls show that most people don’t fully understand why they’re even doing it. “Daylight Saving Time is so confusing that everything we know about it is wrong,” explains Michael Downing, author of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time.

Benjamin Franklin is credited with the original concept that came to be known as Daylight Saving Time, when we “spring forward” or turn the clocks ahead an hour around springtime. It was initially intended for people to get the most out of the natural daylight so they could burn fewer candles and later, use less electricity.

Through its implementation during World War I and II, during the 1970s oil embargo crisis, and even today, it’s touted as an energy-saving tool, which is why it was extended most recently through the 2005 Energy Act. The problem is the early studies suggesting that Daylight Saving Time could save energy only looked at home electricity use. More recent reports also factor in gasoline energy use, since people drive more when natural light remains later in the day. “When you give Americans more daylight at the end of the day, they get into their cars,” Downing says. That’s why the petroleum industry has been a longtime supporter of the time change, he adds, noting that the extended after-work sunlight hasn’t been definitively proven to reduce traffic accidents, either, as sometimes claimed.

Beyond that, a 2008 University of California-Santa Barbara study looking at Indiana—a state that resisted Daylight Saving Time until 2006—found that Daylight Saving Time actually increased residential energy use to the tune of $8.6 million, with the biggest increase in household energy occurring during the autumn months. (This study didn’t even factor in gasoline use.)

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Past Member (0)
Monday March 3, 2014, 5:12 pm
Daylight Savings Time also increases the rate of cardiac emergencies in the Spring.

Wilde Thange (10)
Monday March 3, 2014, 5:18 pm
It shows disrespect for human biorhythms and the consequences of such abrupt shifts. A problem of mind over body and the body sometimes strikes back in unknown ways.

Freya H (357)
Monday March 3, 2014, 6:01 pm
Daylight Savings Time is a crock! I will sign any and all petitions to have it ended. Ask any police officer, firefighter, paramedic or ambulance driver, and he or she will tell you that the accident rate jumps on the morning after the DST change.

Bob hardly here P (394)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 8:11 am
Thanks Kathy

Dotti L (85)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 12:32 pm
I believe that Arizona is the only state that does not fool with the time. The only good thing I can say about Arizona.

Patsy Olive (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 12:47 pm
I would love to stay on slow time.

Shan D (49)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 12:54 pm
In this 24-hour-world we live in nowadays, DST is pretty meaningless. Personally I find it inconvenient and really annoying. Yes, one hour does make a difference when interfering with a person's sleep patterns.

James Maynard (84)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 1:46 pm
No surprise to me. I have long
stated that DST is the biggest
waste of time ever. Not only
that, but, it disrupts my natural
rhythyms for weeks on both
ends. Wish it would go away!

Judy Davey (14)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 1:58 pm
I SO wish we could just leave the freaking time the same year around!!!

Leanne B (46)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 1:58 pm
Sounds like the truth is again greed for profit to keep this implemented. And actually bad for our health to boot. I would also sign a petition to have this ended.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 2:08 pm
Noted. Yes, AZ tried Daylight Savings Time way back in the 60's and decided against it. So, summers we're on the same time as CA, winters: the same time as NM. It didn't serve our state because it was daylight at 9 p.m. and just threw everybody off.

Janis B (7)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 2:09 pm
We don't much like the time change either but would much rather change permanently to daylight savings time. Yes the lighter evenings mean you can do mowing and have a bit of relaxation before it gets dark. It is the dark winter months which are so soul destroying.

Roger G (154)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 2:25 pm
noted, thanks

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 2:40 pm
Thanks--this post needs more publicity.

Kate Kenner (215)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 3:03 pm
I am up early and out walking by around 6:00 AM so I really do not like DST. IT was one thing when the clocks changed around Patriot's Day (the 3 week in April-it's a MA holiday when the Marathon happens) but hen it got pushed back and back again so that now it is on March 9 this year. I would be very happy if the clocks did not change. Such a human thing to do. animals live by the light and the seasons yet people live by clocks. I like the early light and when it is time to settle down I like for it to be darker. I don't go out to shop and when it is cold but not warm it is just weird.
Ed Markey is responsible for the latest time change. When he was trying to get on the ballot he was at a sheep near my house. I went there just so I could ask him why the heck he did that. HE was late though and I and to walk my dogs so I left. Someone did tell me it is so people will shop more. What a lame reason.
I have to go with AZ on this one. Now they have 2 good things-a beautiful, if very hot, environment, and they don't change the clocks. They probably think it is a liberal plot.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 4:32 pm
Daylight Savings Time is a joke and a nuisance. It is a time to change clocks only. There is no benefit to us except the doctors who see all the people who have climbed on chairs or stools or ladders and gotten hurt.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 5:20 pm
When told the reason for daylight savings time the Old Indian said, “Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.”

Walter F (128)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 7:52 pm
Sorry I'm not concerned about the arguments for and against, I like daylight saving.I really enjoy the longer daylight in the summer. an appreciate the daylight coming later in the morning.

Elisa F (235)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 7:59 pm
Noted. I've always wished that we could just keep it on DST & not switch. Thanks, Kathy.

Marge F (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 8:17 pm
Interesting. Thank-you for posting Kathy.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 9:27 pm
Interesting. Thanks Kathy

Lloyd H (46)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 10:47 pm
Remember DST STARTS MARCH 9th this year! Yup this Sat-Sun.

Roberta Z (16)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 7:38 am
Always hated it.

Thomas M. (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 9:13 am
I am up when the sun comes up and go to bed when it is dark. The clock doesn't drive my beliefs nor my actions. I haven't worn a watch for 30+ years. Throw the watches and clocks away.

Christine Stewart (134)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 3:57 pm
Thanks for the article.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 8:51 pm
Indiana never changes their time! I thought it was so the kids could go out and get on the bus not be in the dark. Thank you Kathy

Kathleen R (138)
Friday March 7, 2014, 12:54 pm

Sergio Padilla (65)
Friday March 7, 2014, 1:40 pm

Edgar Zuim (47)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 4:18 pm
I hate daylight savings time. It's a pain in the ass. In my opinion no benefit.
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