Daylight savings time is awful. At least in the spring when you lose an hour. Think that over for a minute. You’re minding your own business, and then bam! You wake up at 7:15am, except it’s actually 6:15am! The sun’s barely risen and already your day has begun.
How did this horrid tradition begin? According to Wikipedia, Daylight savings time (DST) was conceived in 1907 by the English builder William Willett. Why did he have this ingenious idea? He didn’t appreciate ending his golf game at dusk and also notice many Londoners slept during the summer. Wow, those are pressing issues. Thanks, Will.
DST isn’t without it’s benefits (although they are few). Certain areas such as sporting events and retail thrive in sunlight and therefore are helped by DST. But it’s not all fun.
As Wikipedia explains, “although an early goal of DST was to reduce evening usage of incandescent lighting, formerly a primary use of electricity, modern heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly, and research about how DST currently affects energy use is limited and often contradictory.” In other words, daylight savings time doesn’t necessarily reduce energy consumption.
I’m still cranky from losing sleep, so I’m a bit biased, but I don’t believe DST is necessary. We should adjust our schedules, not our clocks, if we need more light.