So What Does Daylight Savings Time Mean? And Why Do We Use It?

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Well as we get set to turn our clocks ahead an hour, it begs the question "just what does daylight savings time mean, and why do we do it?" The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to make better use of daylight. I guess it's right in the name. We're saving some daylight. We change our clocks in anticipation of the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Different countries have different change dates though, and not all use it. Hawaii is an example, and most recently Florida. Florida just passed "The Sunshine Protection Act" All it's waiting on now is the Governors signature. 

The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin during his time as an American delegate in Paris. 

The first Daylight Savings Bill was drafted in the UK in 1909. However, the idea was opposed by many, especially farmers, so the bill was never made into a law.

A little later, Germany introduced DST in 1916. Clocks in the German Empire, and its ally Austria, were turned ahead by 1 hour on April 30, 1916—2 years into World War I. The rationale was to minimize the use of artificial lighting to save fuel for the war effort.

Daylight Savings Time is now used in over 70 countries worldwide and affects over 1 billion people every year. The beginning and end dates vary from one country to another.

Although it varies from country to country and date to date, Don't forget we SPRING ahead at 02:00am Sunday March 11th. We miss an hour of sleep, but we'll enjoy the extra sunshine!

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