Do you know what time it is? Happen to be an hour late to work today? Well if you did not remember to move your clocks forward one hour early Sunday morning in recognition of daylight savings time you may have been. Yes, yesterday was one of two, which some find controversial, days which we change the time on our clocks by an hour to time to help with… wait why do we do it again?
This practice was formally established in 1966 within the Uniform Time Act in hopes to cut energy consumption. However even further back in history we saw the concept of changing the time and saving energy. It’s thought Ben Franklin first noticed he was wasting day light in the spring, Germany in World War I adopted the concept to save on coal, and the US made daylight savings time mandatory for the entire country in World War II. Today however, while it is recognized in most of the United States, the federal government doesn’t require its states or territories to observe the twice a year time change.
That’s right the residents of Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands do not have to worry about their clocks reading the wrong time – they have opted to not use daylight savings time. There has also been other states who have seriously considered permanently stopping or staying on day light savings time year round – Michael Drowning, author and professor, reports at least 10 and as many as 30 new bills appear in to legislation yearly throughout the states.
Here in Tennessee, Curry Todd, Republican Representative, has sponsored a bill, which has passed out of subcommittees, to keep Tennessee on daylight savings time year round. While he has been working to get this change put into effect by July 2014, once it was sent to the House State Government Committee in February, no further progress has been heard.
Ok so this doesn’t sound like a big deal but let’s look at this particular case a little closer. While the state of Tennessee is trying to stay on day light savings year round, our neighbor state Kentucky, is trying to pass that they would permanently stay on standard time. Here is the kicker… these two neighboring states, each has two time zones. Meaning a person who lives in Tennessee and works 5 miles down the road in Kentucky could have the risk of seeing a two hour time difference in that short drive to and from work every day.
Reports go back and forth about whether there are advantages to the changing of time twice a year. Questions on if it is actually helping in saving energy and if it is helpful or harmful to health are constantly being asked with no clear, constant answer.
Click here to see some other places around the world which did not change their clocks to daylight savings time.