By Kimberly Jenkins -

In 1895, George Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand, came up with the modern concept of daylight saving time. He proposed a two-hour time shift so he’d have more after-work hours of sunshine to go bug hunting in the summer.

Several countries, including Britain and Germany, implemented DST during World War I. The practice aimed to cut artificial lighting use so troops could conserve fuel for the war. But the US didn’t standardize the system until 1966, when it passed the Uniform Time Act.

There’s an age-old myth that Daylight Saving was a practice adopted to give farmers extra time in the sun to work out in the field. But, that’s not really why dozens of countries follow it.-CNN

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a system to reduce electricity usage by extending daylight hours. For eight months out of the year, the US and dozens of other countries follow DST, and for the remaining four months, revert back to standard time in order to take full advantage of the sunlight.

As some studies were done, and putting in heating and cooling, now lighting, it is a debate as to whether it says on electric that much.

There are several thoughts on who truly started wanting to change the time, it was not Benjamin Franklin who came up with the idea many sources say, and it was not George Hudson from New Zealand so he could go bug hunting longer, it was an idea from William Willett in London, although he tried to get the British Parliament to pass it dying before ever seeing his idea happen. Germany was the first country to enact daylight saving time. In 1966, there was the enactment of the Uniform Time Act, but states had the option of remaining on standard time all year.

The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called “Summer Time” in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

There are pros and cons for Daylight Saving Time pros include longer evenings especially in the summer, less artificial light, it’s lighter-it’s safer, The cons, it could cost money, it can make people sick due to lack of sleep, doesn’t save energy.

The debate on whether or not change the time in Spring is a worldwide controversy and it debated more as springing forward time approaches.

The question of what would happen if daylight saving time became permanent? it is theorized by many that it would decrease car accidents saving hundreds of lives and also fewer hours of daylight could help reduce crime. they are awaiting permission from the United States Congress before any changes can be made.

By Kimberly Jenkins

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