Daylight Saving Time 2011: Why Does It Begin?

A custodian checks Kansas’s Clay County courthouse clock after daylight savings ended last year. Photograph by Charlie Riedel, AP
With daylight saving time (also called daylight savings time) kicking off again, clock confusion is once again ticking away: Why do we spring forward? Does daylight saving time really save energy? Is it bad for your health? Get expert answers below. 

When Did Daylight Savings Begin in 2011?

For most Americans, daylight saving time 2011 started at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, when most states sprang forward an hour. Time will fall back to standard time again on Sunday, November 6, 2011, when daylight saving time ends.

The federal government doesn’t require U.S. states or territories to observe daylight saving time, which is why residents of ArizonaHawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands won’t need to change their clocks this weekend.

Where it is observed, daylight savings has been known to cause some problems.

National surveys by Rasmussen Reports, for example, show that 83 percent of respondents knew when to move their clocks ahead in spring 2010. Twenty-seven percent, though, admitted they’d been an hour early or late at least once in their lives because they hadn’t changed their clocks correctly.

It’s enough to make you wonder—why do we do use daylight saving time in the first place?

How and When Did Daylight Saving Time Start?

Ben Franklin—of “early to bed and early to rise” fame—was apparently the first person to suggest the concept of daylight savings, according to computer scientist David Prerau, author of the book Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time.

While serving as U.S. ambassador to France in Paris, Franklin wrote of being awakened at 6 a.m. and realizing, to his surprise, that the sun would rise far earlier than he usually did. Imagine the resources that might be saved if he and others rose before noon and burned less midnight oil, Franklin, tongue half in cheek, wrote to a newspaper.

“Franklin seriously realized it would be beneficial to make better use of daylight but he didn’t really know how to implement it,” Prerau said.

It wasn’t until World War I that daylight savings were realized on a grand scale. Germany was the first state to adopt the time changes, to reduce artificial lighting and thereby save coal for the war effort. Friends and foes soon followed suit.

In the U.S. a federal law standardized the yearly start and end of daylight saving time in 1918—for the states that chose to observe it.

During World War II the U.S. made daylight saving time mandatory for the whole country, as a way to save wartime resources. Between February 9, 1942, and September 30, 1945, the government took it a step further. During this period daylight saving time was observed year-round, essentially making it the new standard time, if only for a few years.

Since the end of World War II, though, daylight saving time has always been optional for U.S. states. But its beginning and end have shifted—and occasionally disappeared.

During the 1973-74 Arab oil embargo, the U.S. once again extended daylight saving time through the winter, resulting in a one percent decrease in the country’s electrical load, according to federal studies cited by Prerau.

Thirty years later the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was enacted, mandating a controversial monthlong extension of daylight saving time, starting in 2007.

But does daylight saving time really save any energy?

Daylight Saving Time: Energy Saver ?

In recent years several studies have suggested that daylight saving time doesn’t actually save energy—and might even result in a net loss.

Environmental economist Hendrik Wolff, of the University of Washington, co-authored a paper that studied Australian power-use data when parts of the country extended daylight saving time for the 2000 Sydney Olympics and others did not. The researchers found that the practice reduced lighting and electricity consumption in the evening but increased energy use in the now dark mornings—wiping out the evening gains.

Likewise, Matthew Kotchen, an economist at the University of California, saw inIndiana a situation ripe for study.

Prior to 2006 only 15 of the state’s 92 counties observed daylight saving time. So when the whole state adopted daylight saving time, it became possible to compare before-and-after energy use. While use of artificial lights dropped, increased air-conditioning use more than offset any energy gains, according to the daylight saving time research Kotchen led for the National Bureau of Economic Research [PDF] in 2008.

That’s because the extra hour that daylight saving time adds in the evening is a hotter hour. “So if people get home an hour earlier in a warmer house, they turn on their air conditioning,” the University of Washington’s Wolff said.

In fact, Hoosier consumers paid more on their electric bills than before they made the annual switch to daylight saving time, the study found.

(Related: “Extended Daylight Saving Time Not an Energy Saver?”)

But other studies do show energy gains.

In an October 2008 daylight saving time report to Congress (PDF), mandated by the same 2005 energy act that extended daylight saving time, the U.S. Department of Energy asserted that springing forward does save energy.

Extended daylight saving time—still in practice in 2011—saved 1.3 terawatt hours of electricity. That figure suggests that daylight saving time reduces annual U.S. electricity consumption by 0.03 percent and overall energy consumption by 0.02 percent.

While those percentages seem small, they could represent significant savings because of the nation’s enormous total energy use.

What’s more, savings in some regions are apparently greater than in others.

California, for instance, appears to benefit most from daylight saving time—perhaps because its relatively mild weather encourages people to stay outdoors later. The Energy Department report found that daylight saving time resulted in an energy savings of one percent daily in the state.

But Wolff, one of many scholars who contributed to the federal report, suggested that the numbers were subject to statistical variability and shouldn’t be taken as hard facts.

And daylight savings’ energy gains in the U.S. largely depend on your location in relation to the Mason-Dixon Line, Wolff said.

“The North might be a slight winner, because the North doesn’t have as much air conditioning,” he said. “But the South is a definite loser in terms of energy consumption. The South has more energy consumption under daylight saving.”

(See in-depth energy coverage from National Geographic News.)

Daylight Saving Time: Healthy or Harmful?

For decades advocates of daylight savings have argued that, energy savings or no, daylight saving time boosts health by encouraging active lifestyles—a claim Wolff and colleagues are currently putting to the test.

“In a nationwide American time-use study, we’re clearly seeing that, at the time of daylight saving time extension in the spring, television watching is substantially reduced and outdoor behaviors like jogging, walking, or going to the park are substantially increased,” Wolff said. “That’s remarkable, because of course the total amount of daylight in a given day is the same.”

But others warn of ill effects.

Till Roenneberg, a chronobiologist at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, said his studies show that our circadian body clocks—set by light and darkness—never adjust to gaining an “extra” hour of sunlight to the end of the day during daylight saving time.

“The consequence of that is that the majority of the population has drastically decreased productivity, decreased quality of life, increasing susceptibility to illness, and is just plain tired,” Roenneberg said.

One reason so many people in the developed world are chronically overtired, he said, is that they suffer from “social jet lag.” In other words, their optimal circadian sleep periods are out of whack with their actual sleep schedules.

Shifting daylight from morning to evening only increases this lag, he said.

“Light doesn’t do the same things to the body in the morning and the evening. More light in the morning would advance the body clock, and that would be good. But more light in the evening would even further delay the body clock.”

Other research hints at even more serious health risks.

A 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that, at least in Sweden, heart attack risks go up in the days just after the spring time change. “The most likely explanation to our findings are disturbed sleep and disruption of biological rhythms,” lead author Imre Janszky, of the Karolinska Institute’s Department of Public Health Sciences in Stockholm, told National Geographic News via email.

(Related: “Leap Year: How the World Makes Up for Lost Time.”)

Daylight Savings Lovers, Haters

With verdicts on the benefits, or costs, of daylight savings so split, it may be no surprise that the yearly time changes inspire polarized reactions.

In the U.K., for instance, the Lighter Later movement—part of 10:10, a group advocating cutting carbon emissions—argues for a sort of extreme daylight savings. First, they say, move standard time forward an hour, then keep observing daylight saving time as usual—adding two hours of evening daylight to what we currently consider standard time.

The folks behind Standardtime.com, on the other hand, want to abolish daylight saving time altogether. Calling energy-efficiency claims “unproven,” they write: “If we are saving energy let’s go year round with Daylight Saving Time. If we are not saving energy let’s drop Daylight Saving Time!”

But don’t most people enjoy that extra evening sun every summer? Even that remains in doubt.

National telephone surveys by Rasmussen Reports from spring 2010 and fall 2009 deliver the same answer. Most people just “don’t think the time change is worth the hassle.” Forty-seven percent agreed with that statement, while only 40 percent disagreed.

But Seize the Daylight author David Prerau said his research on daylight saving time suggests most people are fond of it.

“I think the first day of daylight saving time is really like the first day of spring for a lot of people,” Prerau said. “It’s the first time that they have some time after work to make use of the springtime weather.

“I think if you ask most people if they enjoy having an extra hour of daylight in the evening eight months a year, the response would be pretty positive.”

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73 responses to “Daylight Saving Time 2011: Why Does It Begin?

  1. This article was mainly about daylight savings, and personally I hate daylight savings. It will either take away from your sleep or add to it and I believe its just a hassle. If you forget to change your clock you will either be behind everyone else or ahead and it will really mess you up. I don’t like daylight savings simply because it is taking away your sleep, for what reason? Finally, I think we should do away with daylight savings because I don’t think it is benefiting us in anyway.

  2. Daylight Savings Times in my opinion is bad for your health. Your daily schedule is being pushed back an hour and everything is off. Your sleeping is what especially needs adjusting. It may astronomically correct to move the clocks back but it isn’t anatomically correct for your health.

  3. This article is about how daylight savings time has many positive and negative effects. I personally do not understand why having daylight savings time is necessary anymore. Sure, in the past there were many who needed it for farming but, farming isn’t as common anymore. To me, daylight savings just changes my amount of sleep. I don’t notice it too much but, still dislike it. Although I dislike it, I would understand why taking it away would be bad. It’s like the debate over using the metric system in America. Many agree it will be useful but, it’s not a very easy switch to get used to. Just like starting to use the metric system, taking away daylight savings would need to be a gradual change and would be as confusing as it already is or worse. I don’t believe that it affects the amount of exercise or energy use enough to care. You can exercise at night, and some people just tend to use different amounts of energy compared to others. As for the health problems, I understand why it could be serious and important. Overall, I think we need more reason for either side to be chosen.

  4. his article explained really well the pros and cons of Daylight Savings Time. With me, I like it in the fall rather than in the spring. In the fall I feel I have the extra hour of sleep. I don’t mind that it gets darker earlier because I feel better when I wake up in the morning. When spring comes it is harder for me to wake up in the morning because it is still dark outside. in spring it really messes up my sleep cycle.

  5. This article is about daylight savings time. I hate daylight savings time because when we spring foward an hour i lose an hour of sleep so the next morning when I wake up at my normal time of 7 o’clock it feels like 6 o’clock. It takes me a while to get use to the new time. Also when we fall back an hour I don’t like how it gets dark at 5 o’clock so you can’t go outside after like 4:30

  6. This article is mainly about how Day Light Savings was created, and the pros and cons of it. To tell you the truth, I really do not care if we save .03% of the total intake of energy, or how we are tired more than usual for a week or so after the switch. I care about the extra hour of evening time I’ll get. I enjoy having an extra hour of being able to be outside, and play. Its seven o’clock right now and there is still some light out six days ago it would have been six o’clock and not as bright. That is why I think day light savings time is a good thing.

  7. This article is mainly about daylight savings time, and how it affects energy uses. I think that day light savings is annoying. It is annoying because it totally throws off my day. The day light savings that just happened took an hour of sleep away, and trust me I need all the sleep that I can get. It is also annoying because if I forget to change the clock, when I look at it, it is incorrect. So I could be an hour early or late for something simply because I foroet to reset the clock. I have done that before, and it is really annoying when it happens. There is also a good side to daylight savings, and that is that you get an extra hour of sunlight. So, at seven pm in the new time it is actually somewhat light out, but at seven pm the old time it was pitch black out. So, I can conclude that daylight savings time is good and bad.

  8. I don’t like daylight savings time. It screws with my circadian clock (body clock). I could see it’s use in olden times but now it has become obsolete.

  9. This article is about daylight savings and why it was created and its’ affects on the population. I personally don’t like daylight savings because i don’t like to wake up early. Due to daylight savings i feel a lot more tired in the morning especially and I have trouble waking up because I’m not used to the time changes. Is the amount of energy saved really worth starving the population of sleep?

  10. This article is about the effects , advantages and disadvantages of daylight saving. Personally, I barley realize when daylight saving changes, I still get a decent sleep. But during the summer on those lazy warm days, I really love when its light until about 9 at night. I would not want to stop daylight saving because I really don’t think it matters what a clock says, just that you get the amount of sleep you need.

  11. The article is mainly about the history of daylight savings and why we have it. I honestly think that daylight savings doesn’t save energy or help the environment really at all. During daylight savings, people can still leave on their lights and have their chargers plugged in so it won’t exactly make a difference. Although I feel it has no point I still enjoy it. I like how the sun is still out as late as 7:00 at night. Also I like getting an extra hour of sleep between the fall and winter. It’s just in between the spring and and summer where I don’t exactly like it as much because it usually messes up my sleep cycle. On the bright side it helps me manage my time better so I can get enough sleep. All in all I feel daylight savings doesn’t fulfill it’s purpose, but I still enjoy it.

  12. This article discusses day light savings and the history of it. I personally do not think that it does much to save energy and to help the envirnment. Even though I dont think it is necessary for the envirnment I actually like daylight savings. I like it because it makes it lighter later in the spring and gives you more time to do things outside in the spring and summer. Overall I dont think that daylight savings is completely necessary but I dont think it is bad or should be changed.

    • I agree with you, I don’t think it really matters that its there or not, it barley has an effect on my life.

  13. This article sums up how daylight savings effects energy, and if it is really necessary. Personally, I love daylight savings. It does take a few days to get used to the loss of sleep, but I think it’s worth it. In the winter, it gets dark so early and it’s kind of depressing. After the time change, I can go outside and play lacrosse, or go swimming with my friends and just do a lot of thing at night that I couldn’t do when it got dark at 5:00. The only thing I’m against about daylight savings is that it’s not a very good energy saver. The statistics in the article were very small numbers, and I don’t see how they make much of an impact. I’m sure we could find a better way to conserve energy. Anyway, we should still keep changing the clock every year, just because we will get more needed daylight.

    • I completely agree with you. People can still keep their light switches on and use up energy during daylight savings and it won’t make a difference by helping the environment. I also really like how sometimes it’s still light outside as late as 7:00 at night.

    • I also agree with you and Samantha when you say the amount of energy saved is so minimal it doesn’t matter. I also agree with both of you when you say that you enjoy the extra hour of daylight. I think people should stop complaining how they are never able to get back on track (sleep) in a period of 8 months, it takes me a day an hour to back to normal.

  14. This article is about daylight savings and why we have it. I sometimes do have problems early on with daylight savings. It’s hard to look out the window and see pitch lack in the morning. I am also very tired during daylight savings because I am so used to non daylight savings.

    • I also agree that it’s not always easy to get used to it and I am also affected similarly by it. I guess people get used to it eventually. Sometimes I don’t even notice it but, sometimes it’s the opposite.

  15. This article is mostly about daylight savings and how it effects energy. Personally I hate daylight savings because I lose an hour of sleep so when I feel like its 1:00 when its really 2:00, and that throws off my whole day. It also makes me confused as to what time it really is during the day. I think that the only good part about daylight savings is that it gets dark later than usual so I can be outside doing things that requires sunlight longer. I don’t think that this is an effective way to conserve energy and I don’t see how it would conserve energy either.

  16. This article is mainly about daylight savings, and how it affects energy consumption. I think that day light savings is annoying, mainly because I have to change the time on all the clocks. It also totally throws off my day. The day light savings that just happened took an hour of sleep away, and trust me I need all the sleep that I can get. It is also annoying because if I forget to change the clock, when I look at it it is incorrect. So I could be an hour early or late for something simply because I forget to reset the clock. I have done that before, and it is really frustrating when it happens. There is also a good side to daylight savings, and that is that you get an extra hour of sunlight.

  17. This article talks about daylight savings and if its a good way to conserve energy. I do not think this is a good way. I hate when i wake up and we loose an hour of sleep. It makes me tired for the whole day and it is really annoying. I do not think daylight savings even saves that much energy. But there are a couple of positives. I like how it gets darker later. This is what I think about daylight savings.

    • I completely agree with you. I also dislike daylight savings because it takes away an hour of sleep. The only positive thing is that it gets darker later.

    • I agree with all over the place. I don’t like it either because it makes me feel the same way. I hate how we have to lose an hour of sleep because it turns off my whole day

  18. I do think that daylight savings time is a good think to do, especially for people our age. Because of daylight savings time, we can go outside at 7:00 and still be able to play sports outside without having to deal with pitch darkness. However, I think that there is a pretty big downside to it: sleep patterns. When you wake up, it could still be pitch dark at 7:00 a.m, which could really sabotage your sleep patterns, since your body is used to waking up to light, but it won’t react to darkness. This can make it difficult to wake up early in the morning. The fact that it could still be light out at 8:00 could also make it harder to wind down and feel tired, which could cause you to go to sleep much later than you are used to.

  19. This article is about daylight saving time, whether it affects your health and if it saves energy. I think it can affect people’s help in a good way because in the article it said,”… at the time of daylight saving time extension in the spring, television watching is substantially reduced and outdoor behaviors like jogging, walking, or going to the park are substantially increased.” When Ben Franklin invented daylight saving time, he thought it could save energy because people could use the extra hour of sunlight. For example with an extra hour of light people didn’t need to use lamps to light up the house. I think that daylight saving time helped back in those days but not now because more people will use their electronics with that extra hour.

  20. This article is about daylight savings and whether or not it saves energy. I don’t think daylight savings will help save energy at all, all we need to do to save energy is to turn off the lights and not waste water. Also turning the clocks doesn’t affect me at all but I think it was very useful for Benjamin Franklin and the farmers because it was needed and very helpful for working on the farm. Overall, it think that daylights savings has its positives and negative.

    • I totally agree with you that if we want to save energy we can just turn lights off and try and not waste as much water. I also think that it could save energy but i don’t it makes a big difference. Also, I think it was smart for Ben Franklin to change the clocks because it helped many farmers.

    • I agree with you. I also do not think day light savings does much to save energy and I think your comment to just turn off the lights when you leave a room or to save water are good ideas! I think that if everyone followed those 2 rules we wouldn’t have to have daylight savings.

  21. This article talks all about daylight saving time. It talks about the history of it and why we have it. The article also talks about who has it. I think this article is very interesting. It’s interesting to find out why we have it. I think we should follow some of the other states in the U.S. and stop turning back our clock for many reasons. The first reason is the confusing part. I always forget to turn back my clock. At least 1 person in my family is late for something every year. I also think we shouldn’t turn back our clocks anymore because the article says it doesn’t really save energy anymore.

  22. I think the main point of this article was to set things straight with daylight savings time. I think it is really confusing and hard to remember to jump forward or back each year. Even though it is confusing, I love it. It allows me to practice lacrosse outside for hours on end without it getting dark at all, my friends and I can stay out later, and it saves energy. Most of the lights in my house are turned off more than half of the day now because of all of the natural light that enters my house. Daylight savings time is also good because by the time we get out of school, the sun has been out for so long that it is warm outside. This way I can go home and be outside in shorts and a t-shirt.

    • Nice point about the extra lax hours I didn’t think of that. Also, all your good points on why daylight savings is good are really good and descriptive.

  23. This article is about daylight savings time and if it was a good idea or not. I believe that this can be a great argument. It has its ups and downs because I love it when we get an extra hour in the summer so my brothers and I can play outside for an extra hour. Also sometimes we get an extra hour of sleep which is always great. But this makes me think that if we gain an hour in the evening and then lose it later that year doesn’t it cancel it out. So why don’t we just get rid of the idea altogether to get rid of the tardiness and the hassles of changing our clocks every 7 months. Why should the USA care about it? I know it messes me up but sometimes I like it.

  24. In my opinion, daylight savings time is a good way to conserve energy, but for people to stop being lazy and stop using so much power would be an even better idea. Daylight savings time can be very confusing for some people because they may not know that they are gaining or losing an hour of sleep. They also might forget to set their clocks back or forward. This is why it would be even better if people started to conserve energy by turning off the lights, or hand washing/air drying their clothes.

    • I agree with you because after reading this article, I noticed how my sister and I are outside later. If I am doing something from 4-6:30, I still have time to go outside and play lacrosse. Also, since it stays light outside, there is more natural light coming in through the windows, so this allows my family to keep the lights off and use the natural light for reading and other things. Even though it may be a little bit darker in our house, we deal with it.

  25. In my opinion, daylight savings time is a good way to conserve energy, however, there are better ways that we can save energy. The real problem is that people are lazy and use up way too much electricity. If we stopped being lazy and started to save energy, and had daylight savings time we would conserve plenty of energy. Daylight savings time can be very complicated for many people with the fact that they are gaining or losing an hour of sleep, so to start using energy only when needed would be a fantastic way to save power.

    • I agree with you when you say that we are lazy. That is why we can’t save as much energy as we could. We are sometimes to lazy to turn off the lights and TV while we are walking out the room. If we become less lazy we could make daylight savings time work that much more.

  26. This article is about daylight savings time and whether or not it saves energy, if people enjoy it, and if it should remain in place or be abolished. I think that daylight savings time is a good thing. Studies show that it does save some energy, and no matter how small, any energy saved is good. This may be because people are outside for longer. Daylight savings time gives people an extra hour of light to be outside, and I happen to enjoy it. Other studies show that some energy is lost though. This may be because of people leaving their air conditioners on during the day, even when they aren’t home. If people turned them off more energy would be saved than would be lost.

    • I agree, EJ. Saving energy, any amount, is good for us. It is vital that people get necessary amounts of sunlight. Also, leaving air conditioners on while away from home is just a waste of money, and only the most wealthy, frivolous people do it, which is understandable in our area.

  27. This article is about daylight savings. It talked about when daylight savings occurred in 2011, how and when it started, if it saves energy and if it affects your health. Personally, I have mixed feeling about daylight savings. It is annoying because it throws my routine off. For example, I was later to school the day after daylight savings and I had a hard time waking up today too. On the other hand, it is nice to have the sun longer.

    • I agree with you. When i change my clock it always confuses me and I’m never on time for things within the first couple days of daylight saving time. But, it is good to see the sun out longer. Good job!

  28. This article is about daylight savings, and whether or not it saves energy. I think that daylight savings time is good and bad. Personally I enjoy having the extra hour of daylight because, kids have more time to go outside and play after all their homework is done. However, when there is good there is bad. I can never remember to change my clocks and it makes me crazy when I think it is one time and I’m always off. Also as a teenager I love my sleep, and daylight savings shaves off a whole hour. Between sports and school I never have any time to sleep in and now I have to deal with losing more time. After I adjust to the new time I can see the points people make related to saving energy. Now that there is an extra hour of light we don’t have to keep our lights on that long. If the whole world keeps their lights off for that hour we can save a lot of resources. In conclusion daylight savings is both good and bad depending on your own opinion.

    • I too like the extra hour of daylight. On the other hand, forgetting to change clocks can cause some people to go crazy. Also, you only lose an hour of sleep 1 night. The following nights just feel like you lost an hour because your internal clock is messed up.

    • I agree with Alec because i think that it is important for kids to play outside while its light out, but it is also important to have that hour of energy savings when all of our lights are off

  29. In this article about daylight savings, they show the positives, and negatives on how it affects energy consumption and how it affects people. The article also talks about how it first came to be. Just like the article I have positive and negative feelings on this concept. What I think is positive is that it saves energy. I believe that we need to save energy and even the smallest percent of energy saved helps our planet. I also think daylight savings is good because I enjoy spending time outside when it is late. Many sport practices are at later times, so they are convenient to get to, but if it is to dark outside they have to push the practices up, which makes it harder to make to the sport practices. Because daylight savings prevents that from happing in the spring, summer, and parts of fall we are able to practice sports outside when it isn’t too dark. However I think a negative affect is that it affects sleep patterns. Many people get thrown off when they gain an hour or lose an hour, so they have trouble sleeping. Before daylight savings happens in March people could wake up to the sun at seven o’clock. After daylight savings though, the sun isn’t up yet and they are not able to wake up as easily.

  30. Personally, I don’t have any symptoms of daylight savings time. One hour makes no difference on me, I usually adjust quickly and everything turns out fine. I can see why some people might have some trouble with the rapid hour change, though.

  31. Daylight savings is both good and bad for a few reasons. It is good because it allows us to use less energy by letting us keep our lights off for longer periods of time which uses less energy. I think that is great it saves the planet in an easy way. I think daylight savings is bad because it is very hard to adjust to the time when it is pushed one hour forward or back. So all in all I think that daylight savings is good for some reasons but bad for others.

    • I agree with you that it keeps our lights off for longer periods of time, so we use less energy. I strongley believe that we need to save energy, and to do that our lights need to be out for longer periods of time.

    • I totally agree with you on everything you said. It just dependson who you are talking to and their own opinion.

    • I agree with when you said it is very hard to adjust to the time when it is pushed one hour forward or back. Most people dont adjust quick enough and are either and hour early or an hour late to things because they are so confused with what daylight savings is doing to them.

    • I completely agree with you. Being a member of the green club, I totally accept that we use less energy. The lack of sleep really throws me off and it is hard to get back into the swing of things.

  32. In summary, this article is about daylight savings and some of it’s arguments. As said in the article Ben Franklin was the first to take daylight savings into consideration. If Ben Franklin, the man who did it all took daylight savings time into consideration it must be for the best. I personally, prefer things in the summer when we use daylight savings time. I say this because you can run around and play from ten to around seven o’clock at night at the beach in mostly sun.

  33. This is very interesting to learn about “Why” we change the clocks and how hitory has changed it. Without these setbacks we would have shorter summer days and longer winter days. I dont like my sleep pattern when we push back the clocks in the spring but it sure helps the day go longer.

  34. This article is about daylight savings time and mainly if it really saves energy or not. Honestly, I hate daylights saving time. It screws up my biological clock and gets me confused about what time it really is. When I wake up for school, I wake up at the same time everyday, but with daylight savings time, I lose an important hour of sleep from the start. Also, many people are either an hour early or an hour late to meetings or other commitments due to daylight savings time. I don’t see how it’s beneficial because it either gets darker earlier or later, so we still need lights instead of just the sun’s natural light.

  35. This article is about daylight savings, the history behind it, it’s affect on health, and does it really save energy. I personally don’t mind daylight savings when we turn the clock an hour foward because I love being able to be outside at 7 or 8 playing soccer or riding my bike and not worrying about it getting dark that early. But, I hate when the clock is turned back because I have nothing to do since it’s pitch black out. I don’t think daylight savings saves energy because all the light you save at night since it’s light outside, you gain it back the next morning since it’s pitch black out. I don’t think there’s any point in daylight savings aside from the fact I stay out later.

    • I agree with you. Although daylight savings doesn’t really save much energy, it’s nice to be able to stay outside in the sun for a while. It’s very beneficial.

  36. This article is basically about daylight savings, it’s history, how it is related to energy consumption, the affects on the body, and what people think of the idea of daylight savings. I think that daylight savings has positive and negative aspects. It annoys me that I loose an hour of sleep. But after I adjust, (which takes a few days) I can see where people make valid points about it saving energy, but in a world where tons of materials are wasted, why can’t we keep the hour and re-use materials. With that said I enjoy the light in the afternoon because even at six it is light outside so I can run or play tennis without getting stuck in the dark. Daylight savings is a good idea to use the most sunlight we have, and it helps me look forward to gaining an hour in the fall!

    • I agree with you that it’s good because we get to use the sunlight we have, and I also enjoy going outside and being able to play a sport without being in the dark. Good job.

    • I agree with you completely. Daylights saving is great when it comes to playing outside and enjoying the sun. Also I do too look forward to gaining hours in the fall.

  37. I think daylights saving time is not the most efficient way to consume less energy. Even though we are taking advantage of the increasing sunlight hours I still don’t think it does it really saves much energy. Instead to save energy we should only use water and electricity when we need to and to reduce waste we should recycle plastics and cardboard. I think this is a far better way to save energy and other resources.

    • I agree with what you said about saving energy and making better use of our resources. Still, daylight savings does make better use of sunlight which helps a little by not having to use electricity.

    • I agree with what you have to say 100%. I think that there are much more efficient ways to be conserving energy.

  38. Personally, I hate daylight savings. I have to wake up for school at the same time but feel like it’s an hour earlier, stay up later because at 10:00 it still feels like 9:00 and I’m tired all day. I can see how it benefited more back in Benjamin Franklin’s time when farming was a part of life, but now, how is it beneficial? Although I do enjoy when it’s over because in the morning it feels like you’re sleeping an hour later, but other then that, nothing about daylight savings seems to have any importance to me.

    • I completely agree with you Ginger James. I hate the effects of Daylight Savings on my sleep patterns too. I do not see really any benefits from this either.

    • I agree with both you and Alex. I hate what it does to my biological clock and sleep patterns. Daylight savings time doesn’t have any importance to me either.

    • I agree with you. Daylight savings time usually really messes up my sleep cycle, and I am usually very tired as a result,

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