Daylight Savings Time

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:26 Written by Albert Greenhut Thursday, 7 November 2013 02:57

The history of Daylight Saving Time is relatively long and complicated. It was first conceived by either Benjamin Franklin in 1784 or George Vernon Hudson in 1895, depending on whom you ask. Then it was implemented during the First World War, then removed, and then implemented during the Second World War. For the twenty years after the Second World War, Daylight Saving in the United States was not uniformly enacted, until the Uniform Time Act of 1966 was implemented, thus standardizing the when the time changes, even though local municipalities can and still exempt themselves from it.

The underlying reason for standardized time has been human beings change from agrarian to industrialized societies. If you wake up and work based on sunrise and sunset it really doesn’t matter what a clock says, but in a society that is industrialized and depends on synchronization everyone must be on the same clock. This concept is why the few hundred years between supposed invention and implementation took place, during this time societies were still making the shift from largely agrarian to largely industrialized.

Presently, Daylight Saving Time is partly used for convenience, allowing more daylight in the morning, some make the argument that it is for safety for early morning commuters, specifically children going to school. But if you look at the past implementation the main reason is not complicated, it is a matter of dollars and cents. The essay Franklin wrote when he was considering DST was titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light”, the time change was implemented during the wars to save fuel, and in the 70’s it was found that DST saved the equivalent to 10,000 barrels of oil every day.

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