Daylight Saving Time 2024

It’s that time of year again, where we all lose an hour of sleep and give our opinion on what time we prefer the sun to rise. That’s right, this Sunday, March 10th is the start of Daylight Saving Time (DST). This period lasts from March 10th – November 3rd, where we will revert back to the Standard Time (ST). During DST, people will have a later sunrise and sunset, making our days longer (in terms of daylight).

 

Daylight Saving Time is thought to be the product of farmers needing certain hours of daylight for their crops. This is completely untrue, and just a rumor. Believe it or not, the person credited for the idea of Daylight Saving Time is Benjamin Franklin. As the story goes, Benjamin Franklin was living in Paris in the late 1700s and he grew tired of sleeping in and missing his mornings. So, Franklin suggested the French fire canons in the morning waking people up which would reduce candle consumption.

 

For most of the 1800s time was established locally by the sun, which meant many towns had different times, which proved difficult for train / mail schedules. Time Zones were created in 1883 which then lead the way for daylight saving time to be introduced to the country. Going off of Benjamin Franklin’s idea to conserve candles, during the industrial revolution, the idea was to save energy such as lights or gas. The theory is, if humans are awake for daylight longer, they will use less energy at nights, saving money and non-renewable resources.

 

Since then, it has been widely debated whether or not Daylight Saving Time is worth it, with some even arguing that it wastes more energy. In fact, many people today are against the time change saying it interferes with life and that it is not necessary. Many states such as California, Ohio, and Florida are against the time changes. In March of 2022, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to end the time changes throughout the year, however it failed in the U.S. House of Representatives. In Florida, a bill was introduced in 2023 to do away with Daylight Saving Time, however it has not been taken up by the Florida House of Representatives… yet.

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