This Sunday, March 11th 2018 marks the 100th year that most of the United States has participated in Daylight Saving Time. On March 9th, 1918, congress enacted the very first daylight saving law. Now that 100 years have passed research has found that science does not back up the traditional justifications for Daylight Saving Time.
3 REASONS WE BEGAN DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME AND WHY THEY’RE ALL MYTHS:
By having a little more natural daylight we can keep daily energy costs down for families and business.
One research found that DST actually increases energy use.
The Study: “We used a policy change in Indiana to estimate daylight saving time’s effects on electricity consumption. Before 2006, most Indiana counties didn’t observe it. By comparing households’ electricity demand before and after daylight saving time was adopted, month by month, we showed that it had actually increased residential electricity demand in Indiana by 1% to 4%” – Yale Economist Matthew Kotchen
Other studies have validated that DST does not decrease energy or fuel use.
BENEFICIAL TO FARMERS:
DST will help farmers get their harvest in, more sunlight means more time in the field for farming.
The agriculture industry has long lobbied against DST. The truth is that DST disrupts a farmer’s schedule; the lost hour of morning light meant farmers had to rush to get their crops to the market.
Dairy farmers specifically complained that cows do not adjust well to the time shifts.
Farmers would much rather use the sun and the seasons to determine milking times, planting charts and the best time to harvest.
BENEFICIAL TO BUSINESSES:
Consumers are more likely to go out and spend money if there’s more daylight after leaving work.
Only big businesses benefit, such as the Chambers Of Commerce (the most vocal lobby pushing for longer periods of DST).
Some of the industries that suffer from DST are Television Networks, Airlines, and Transportation services like Amtrak.
DST can also cost employers with studies showing that in the week after DST employees are more likely to do non-work-related things in the office.
How does Daylight Saving Time affect you?
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