11/29/2004

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time can be a real pain come April and October of each year. Why do we really have Daylight Saving Time anyways? I've always thought that we could just have one set time that everyone follows. Of Course, my idea would probably cut down on a lot of confusion, but according to a recent article I found on the internet we would miss out on a lot of energy saving opportunities. The article stated that, "one of the biggest reasons we change our clocks during Daylight Saving Time is that it saves energy. Energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly connected to when we go to bed and when we get up." The article also said that on average about, "25 percent of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, such as TVs, VCRs, and stereos." Therefore if we can cut down on the amount of time we use these types of applicances we can conserve energy, and Daylight Saving Time does that.

I never really realized how much the time of day could affect our energy consumption, but the idea makes a lot of sense. The United States is not the only country that practices Daylight Saving Time either. The Daylight Saving Time concept is one that is practiced worldwide. Some countries begin and end Daylight Saving Time on different months than the United States, but the idea is basically the same. Some countries are even known to adjust their clocks up to two hours forwards or backwards. Sometimes the time changes can be a hassle, but the logic behind this concept is really quite interesting. I highly recommend you read the article that I have hyper-linked to this post.

10 comments:

miles said...

I had no idea that the main reason we have Daylight Saving Time is to save energy. In the article it states that Daylight Saving Time reduces the energy used by one percent every day. This is a great and easy way to save energy.

Bruce Banner said...

I was told about daylight savings during early years that it was to help farmers and ranchers to be able to work longer on their crops and ranches longer during the peak time of the year. Daylight savings would give farmers more light to work with.

It is interesting on how daylight savings helps on saving energy cost. As long the sun is shining people are more likely to stay active instead of coming home and watching TV.

Jake said...

I read that article and found it interesting that not all of the United States take part in daylight savings. I don't see how or why Arizona and Hawaii don't take part in it. If daylight savings help save on energy costs, would they want to take advatage as well?

Maudi said...

Daylight Saving is a very important thing. I never understood the importance of it. I agree with the author that we need to be make more of a conscious effort to conserve. I'm impressed that the government has enough sense to want to conserve also.

Maudi said...

Daylight Saving is a very important thing. I never understood the importance of it. I agree with the author that we need to be make more of a conscious effort to conserve. I'm impressed that the government has enough sense to want to conserve also.

Maudi said...

Daylight Saving is a very important thing. I never understood the importance of it. I agree with the author that we need to be make more of a conscious effort to conserve. I'm impressed that the government has enough sense to want to conserve also.

pramahaphil said...

Daylight Savings Time is a pain in the butt. I understand that it is supposedly is for our own good by saving on energy costs. However, most people could just as easily take some simple steps to reduce energy costs such as throwing out old fridges, turning out lights when they are not in use, etc. For a parent, daylight savings time really makes life difficult for a few weeks. I'd rather be treated as an intelligent enough person that could make energy saving decisions in my own home.

Dr. Tufte said...

I can tell that Pramahaphil has kids - daylight savings time wrecks havoc with our 2 and 5 year olds sleeping schedules.

I am very dubious about the idea that daylight savings time saves money. I can follow the arguments, but I have this sense of foreboding that something isn't being counted properly. But I can't figure out what that is yet.

Kova said...

I agree that Daylight Savings Time can be a pain. It messes with my entire schedule. Not to mention having to change the time in approximately 20 different places. My one question is that if Daylight Savings Time saves money why don't all of the states do it consistently. I've always had a hard time remembering when Arizona's time was the same as ours and when it is an hour different. I wonder why Arizona doesn't change with the rest of us.

Student 01 said...

If energy savings are so great as to make it worth throwing the whole country off for the week after we change our clocks. Then why don’t we change then four or five times a year. I even for getting rid of the time zones all together. I think that has some real advantages, if someone says it is 1:00 pm in New York it would be 1:00 pm in Utah. Who cares what the numbers on the clock says, it is just a way to synchronize the people of the world. If the people of NY eat lunch at 12:00 or 1:00 (the lunch hour) then the people of Utah would eat lunch at 10:00 to 11:00 (the lunch hour). Instead of banks closing at 6:00 in Utah they would close at 3:00. There just numbers on the clock don’t make them more difficult then they really are.