After ushering in a crazy night of Halloween it is now time for the next big event. If you left picking out a Halloween costume to the last minute as I did, you will realize stepping into any department store that Christmas is in full swing already! The next big event this weekend is to give us an extra hour of sleep. I have a friend from northern Arizona who is searching to buy a home in Colorado. We got into a discussion about Daylight Saving Time. Having grown up in New England I was always under the impression that it was for farmers. However, after our discussion and doing some research I realize I was mistaken.
Not the First
Daylight savings is actually not Daylight savings. It is called Daylight Saving Time. It is now a concept that has been in effect for 100 years in the USA but has further back origins across the world. We weren’t original with this idea and it is something that occurs all over. The thought process for saving the daylight is actually credited to an entomologist from New Zealand who, in 1895, wanted more time to hunt bugs. Then some chaps from England tried to get the idea passed through the Brittish Parliament. This occurred during the time of Churchill, Doyle, and the man who really wanted to see it pass, William Willett.
Passed to the Zone
During WWI the Germans and other countries were looking for ways to save energy. Daylight Saving was again brought up and in 1916 was implemented by the German government. This led to other countries passing the same measures. It actually did work because coal was the main source of power. The United States finally jumped on board in 1918 with Daylight Saving Law as well as putting in effect the Standard Time Act which defined time zones.
Don’t ask Arizona
According to my friend, if you try and figure out what time it is in northeastern Arizona without a math degree, you might get confused. The easiest way to know what time it is is to not look at your watch or cell phone, but by asking a local. This is because the Hopi Reservation, the Navajo Reservation, and the Arizona state government have all decided on how to handle DST differently. Also added to the list this year is Flordia which voted to always be in DST.
Regardless of how, when, or where, most of us will enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend. Except those of us with pets, small children, and who work an overnight shift. The rest of you can enjoy the added Daylight and the added hour of rest. It was interesting to learn that DST was not about farmers but about saving energy.