Daylight Saving Time
Are you noticing that the days are getting shorter? The first Sunday in November marks the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) and a return to standard time. Clocks are set ahead (“Spring Forward”) in March to shift an hour of daylight to evening for the spring and summer months, then turned back in the fall.
The theory behind DST is that if daylight is extended by an hour, energy will be conserved, since people use more electricity when it’s dark because they turn on the lights and spend more time indoors. While not all states and territories in America observe DST, it dates back to 1918.
You may not know that in 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter suggesting the concept of DST to a Paris journal. You can read “An Economical Project,” at Daylight Saving Time, webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/franklin3.html.
You might also want to research others who proposed early ideas for Daylight Saving Time, including a New Zealand entomologist named George Vernon Hudson in 1895 and a London builder, William Willett, in 1907.
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