The History of Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time: How to Use It

Get ready to turn your clocks forward! Daylight saving time will start at 2 a.m. on this Sunday, March 11th.

Daylight Savings Time adjusts time by adding one hour to standard time. As a result, evening daylight increases by one hour. So, summer is the most useful time for this concept. Many countries extend evening daylight in spring and end it in the fall.

History of Daylight Savings Time

Since World War I, many European countries and the United States of America use Daylight Savings Time. This happened in an effort to reduce use of fuel required to produce electric power. In April of 1916, Germany and Austria first implemented extended evening daylight. Many European countries followed suit soon after.

The USA adopted Daylight Savings Time in 1918. The first observation in the USA began March 31, 1918 and spanned over seven months into 1919. After the war ended, a congressional override repealed the law implementing Daylight Savings Time. As a result, it became a local option. Some states or cities continued, while others quit all together. President Franklin Roosevelt implemented a year-round Daylight Savings Time, coined as “War Time.” This “War Time” lasted from February 9, 1942 to September 30, 1945. Then, from 1945 to 1966, no federal law defined it. As a result, states and cities regulated their own Daylight Savings Time at their own free will without guidelines. This resulted in creation of much confusion. Consequently, this caused difficulties for airlines, railways, bus companies, and even broadcasting industries.

The Uniform Time Act brought structure to the confusion of Daylight Savings Time in 1966. The act regulated it and only exempted states whose legislatures voted to keep the state on standard time. Many revisions to the original act transpired. Ultimately, Daylight Savings Time in the USA begins at 2:00 AM on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 AM on the first Sunday of November.

Using Daylight Savings Time

The ultimate purpose of Daylight Savings Time is to conserve energy. Rather on a smaller scale, consider ways you maximize your benefits of the evening daylight. Additional daylight in the evening potentially provides many new opportunities for better use of your time.

Some uses of this extra time may include more evening time with family and friends. With more daylight, you should get outdoors and increase your vitamin D intake from the natural sun in the evening. Use this time to make your morning easier by completing parts of your morning routine you can do the night before.

If you really need something to talk about with your partner during the extended evening hours, make financial plans. Simply finding time to sit down and discuss your plans for your financial future is oftentimes the hardest part. Use this extra evening time to talk about the hard things, like life insurance.

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