Daylight Saving Time Info

This is off topic but some of the misinformation I hear about Daylight Saving Time (DST) irritates me so I’m going to try to correct some of the more common misinformation.

I’ve seen it stated that DST was started to help farmers. If you know any farmers then you know that is illogical since they generally get up with the sun regardless of what the time is. DST was started in the U.S. as a way to save energy. Whether it actually does that and whether it is the reason we have DST now is open for debate. You can find studies supporting both sides.

The hours of sunlight in a day change because of the tilt of the earth’s axis. Some people think that DST actually changes the hours of sunlight in a day. It only changes what time of day we have sunlight. In order to actually increase the hours of sunlight in a day would require powers much beyond what Congress has.

I personally like having the extra hours of sunlight later in the day since I’m not an early riser. I’m not really sure if DST is an overall benefit though.

4 thoughts on “Daylight Saving Time Info”

  1. Since we’re on the subject of fixing common misperceptions about DST – here’s the biggest – it’s daylight Saving (notice NOT Savings) Time – by the way, your welcome, and I’ll save you from saying it by saying it for you – Touche’.


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