It’s Time You Knew: Daylight Saving Time Myths Revea
Myth: Daylight Saving Time (DST) was established to benefit farmers.
Fact: When DST was first proposed, many farmers actually opposed and lobbied against it. Farming is largely dependent on daylight hours, not clocks, so they found it disruptive.
If not for the farmers, why did DST really come about?
The United States implemented Daylight Saving Time in 1918 as a way to conserve energy during World War 1.
Myth: Everyone observes DST.
Fact: Actually, Arizona and Hawaii don’t observe DST. And while most of North America and Europe observe Daylight Saving Time, most of Africa and Asia do not.
Myth: Daylight Saving Time has been the same since its U.S. beginnings.
Fact: DST was repealed in 1919 and re-established during WWII. After the war, states were free to choose whether or not they would observe it.
That’s good, right?
With some states choosing to observe DST and others not, it complicated transportation schedules. In 1966 Congress enacted the Uniform Time Act, mandating that all states observing DST begin and end it on the same date each year to avoid confusion.
Myth: Daylight Saving Time saves lot of money on energy usage.
Truth: Some studies say it saves a minimal amount, others say we actually spend a little more money on energy. Instead of keeping lights on later are we just turning them on earlier?
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