Tuesday, 3 March 2020

What is Daylight Saving Time?

What is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight saving time, also known as daylight time, is the practice of advancing clocks during warmer months so that darkness falls later each day according to the clock. The main use of daylight savings is to make better use of daylight. 

First introduced in April 1784, it was Benjamin Franklin who made the suggestion through his essay "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light". His suggestion was largely overlooked until 1907, when it resurfaced, this time by  Englishman William Willett. His proposal was rejected by the British House of Commons, until 1916 where it was introduced to Parliament, creating what was known then as, British summertime. 

The US only starting the tradition towards the end of World War 1 in an attempt to conserve energy. The House of Representatives voted 252 to 40 to pass a law to save daylight. The first official daylight saving time took place on March 15, 1918. Michael Downing, author of "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time", met the new law with much resistance, a feeling he claims many others shared with him. 

Originally, clocks were sprung forward on the last Sunday in April and turned back on the last Sunday in October, but the Energy Policy Act of 2005 shifted the start of daylight saving time to the second Sunday in March and the end to the first Sunday in November. 

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