Speaking of Savings…

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This Sunday everyone in the U.S. (with the exception of the lucky souls in Hawaii and most of Arizona…) will “Spring forward.”  Yup, it’s that time of year again when we set our clocks ahead one hour (before you go to sleep on Saturday night…) and wake up an hour earlier the next morning.

Ugh. This is not my favorite time of year and for all the perky morning people who chirp, “I love getting an extra hour of sunshine!,” I want to scream:  “You’re not getting extra daylight!  You’re waking up an hour earlier!

I mean, couldn’t all these daylight-lovers just wake up earlier to enjoy the sunrise without inflicting it on the rest of us?

The practice of clock-changing originated in the U.S. in 1918 as an energy-saving measure after World War I.  It wasn’t consistently practiced across the country until 1966 with a federal act that officially set Daylight Saving Time to begin on the last Sunday of April and to end on the last Sunday of October.

Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been experiencing something akin to the infamous Christmas Creep, gradually moving up the time it starts and pushing back the time it ends over the years.  Now, with a mid-March start date and beginning of November end date, DST is now officially longer than so-called “Standard Time.”

What’s up with THAT?!!!

As for the alleged energy savings–well, that may be just a myth.  According to a recent post on Walletpop, Daylight Saving Time savings amount approximately $12 a year. 

Not nearly enough to balance the cost of the extra Starbucks coffee you need to wake you up an hour earlier each day!

Over at Mainstreet, they enumerated a list of reasons Daylight Saving Time costs more than it saves:  from increased accidents to decreased productivity, DST may have outlived its benefits.  I’ve heard that the so-called “extra hour” was so that kids who lived on farms could help out after school with the aid of a longer day, but we’re no longer an agricultural nation.  I’ve also heard that the meat industry perpetuates the lingering light as it encourages people to barbecue more, but that sounds a bit conspiracy theorist…

Whatever the reasoning, I think the practice needs to be reviewed and revised.  If it doesn’t save energy, why the heck are we putting ourselves through this disorientation twice a year?  Personally, I’d like the whole “Spring forward, fall back” thing to be eliminated. How do you feel about DST?  Take the poll and/or vent your spleen in the comments below.

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  1. snarkydeals

    4 years ago

    lol I’m torn. I HATE losing that hour but it IS nice to be able to have extra sunshine after work. Honestly, the people in AZ and Indianapolis are probably just laughing at us crazies always changing our clocks.

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  2. arreguin

    4 years ago

    I love getting an extra hour of Sunshine!

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  3. Mumphy

    4 years ago

    I don’t mind about losing the extra hour – it’s a Sunday so you get to sleep in anyway right? But it really messes up the kids’ bedtimes – just cos the clock says it’s 8pm THEIR body clocks think it’s still 7pm, so come Monday morning, they still think it’s 6am when I’m dragging them out of bed for school at 7am

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  4. WiscoVixen

    4 years ago

    When I’m forced to get up an hour earlier, I start to feel like how that polar bear looks. I do have to admit that having sunshine later in the evening is nice though. Makes post-work outdoor activities a bit more enjoyable.

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  5. DealiciousG

    4 years ago

    Leave Father Time alone and get rid of Daylight Savings. Keep Savings.com though.

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  6. ShoppinHolly

    4 years ago

    I’m the dumb one who is 1 hour early or late all by myself thinking “Where IS everyone??” But it’ll be sooo nice to have the extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day now!

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  7. Tom-Kuljis

    4 years ago

    Totally cool with losing an hour….as long as we agree to set clocks forward an hour say around 4pm on Monday instead of Sunday morning.

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  8. termed12

    4 years ago

    Living south of the equator was confusing enough without Daylight Savings! When the US sprang forward, we fell back an hour. Sooooo if it’s midnight in Sydney, can I call my sister in LA without getting yelled at? Depends on the season … and if I can stay up ’til midnight!

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  9. coupiedoll

    4 years ago

    Spring, particularly in LA is my favorite season–clear, breathable skies thanks to occassional rain, and mostly sunny days that aren’t too hot. Springing forward just reminds me Spring is here!

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  10. Yasarh

    4 years ago

    There are no disadvantages to day savings time. I hate losing the hour of sunlight. It’s stupid. I’d give up 3 hours of sleep for one hour sunlight. Sunday things will go back to the way they are meant to be and all will be right in the world.

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  11. stella.louise

    4 years ago

    Dear Yasar,

    I’m finding it a bit difficult to believe that someone whose two great passions in life are playing video games and laying on your sofa (that’s a quote, buster!) would really care all that much about daylight. And if indeed you do (What? The light of the TV screen isn’t enough for you?), then feel free to get your butt out of bed at 5-6 am and enjoy all the daylight you want.

    As we approach summer, the days naturally get longer and lighter as it is (case in point: we use to have to switch on lights in the office @ 2:30 pm. Now it’s 4:30 pm and later…). I’d rather not have to get up an hour earlier…

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  12. Crystal.Ritchie

    4 years ago

    This whole process is set up to torture parents, I swear!

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  13. HSimas

    4 years ago

    Yasar, are we still on for that jog tomorrow? See you at 6AM!

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