Daylights Saving Time

Daylights Saving Time

Haley Pierce , Editor

Spring marks many changes: warmer weather, longer days, flowers blooming. But for many states in the United States, spring calls for the start of daylights saving time. Daylights saving time ends right before winter. In 2021, DST began on March 14th and ends on November 7th when you will set the clock back an hour and the cycle will begin again.

 

Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea to reset clocks in the summer months as a way to conserve energy, according to livescience.com. By moving clocks forward, people could take advantage of the extra evening daylight rather than wasting energy on lighting. Germany established DST in May 1916 as a way to conserve fuel during World War I.

 

Fewer than 40% of the world’s countries observe DST, according to timeanddate.com. However, those who do observe DST take advantage of natural daylight during summer evenings. We see more daylight in the evenings because the days start to get longer as the Earth moves from winter season to spring and summer, with the longest day of the year on the summer solstice.

 

Regions farthest away from the equator and closer to the poles get the most benefit from DST clock change, as there is a more dramatic change in sunlight throughout the seasons.

 

Research has also suggested that with more daylight in the evenings, there are fewer traffic accidents, as there are fewer cars on the road when it is dark outside.

 

More daylight could also mean more outdoor exercise although the nominal reason for daylight saving time has long been to save energy.