Daylight Savings Time is one of the most confusing everyday things a lot of us face but not so many people understand the facts and processes through which it works. Here are all the facts you need to know about it.
It was Benjamin Franklin’s Idea
In 1784, Franklin penned a satirical letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris outlining how many pounds of candle wax the city would save if only its clocks were better aligned with the rise and set of the sun.
He said it as a joke, suggesting that if residents had trouble adjusting, “cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards effectually.”
The idea Came To Be In 1907
It took more than a hundred years after Benjamin Franklin’s letter before the idea was taken up. A British builder named William Willet became the champion of Daylight Saving, and lobbied Parliament to adjust the time in April and September in order to take full advantage of the day’s light.
It is believed that he got the idea when riding his horse on one summer morning and noticing how many blinds were still down, which signaled to him the sunlight was going to waste.
Daylight Saving Time became law during World War I
Germany and several other European countries had already mandated DST as a way of reducing electricity and thereby saving coal for the war effort.
However, recent studies have called this line of thinking into question, with researchers doubting whether it actually saves energy.
More sunlight equals more sales
a number of researches suggests that an extra hour of sunlight in the summer results in people spending more.
The number of accidents and heart attacks increases
A 2009 study found that Daylight Saving resulted in a whopping 5.7 percent increase in injuries that occur at work places. Another study found that the number of heart attacks surge as much as 24 percent on the Monday following a change into Daylight Saving Time.
The rate of crime goes down
The U.S. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration found that crime has consistently dropped during DST by 10 percent top 13 percent.