Let the Sun Shine - It's Daylight Savings Time!
Daylight Savings Time
All across most of this great land, people are breathing a collective sigh of relief: We made it. Winter is once again behind us. The clocks will “spring forward” for Daylight Savings Time at 2:00 a.m. making it effectively 3:00 a.m. For those heading to work Monday morning, it’s fair to say that losing that extra hour of sleep hits you where it hurts, but the ride home usually makes things look a lot brighter, literally.
So, why do we do it? The idea reportedly came from Benjamin Franklin who drafted the proposal as a way to save on candle usage by providing more daylight in the evening hours since most people slept past dawn (though the change never happened in his lifetime). The first instance of American Daylight Savings was during WWI in an effort to save on fuel. In 1966, President Johnson made it official, but states had the option to opt out, which is why Hawaii and most of Arizona don’t change.
Interestingly, the Department of Transportation oversees the switch because of the alleged energy savings, minimization of traffic accidents, and the decline in crime. Statistics have shown, however, that the plan doesn’t really work. Basically, they forgot to account for sleep deprivation. An article in USA Today sums it up nicely citing a spike in the heart attack rate (in the fall, too) as well as a jump in the number of car accidents. The energy-friendly angle is also askew: despite saving 1% of energy for lighting, there’s a 2–3% increase for heating and A/C. *womp womp* Changes in crime rates were not confirmed in the article.
So who benefits from the extra hour? Workers and Small Business America, that’s who! An article from wnyc.org reveals that “…if you give workers more sunlight at the end of the day, they’ll stop and shop on their way home.” Clearly a little more daylight gives us all a little more energy, which everyone needs at the end of long working day.
Question is, what are YOU going to do with that extra hour of energy? We highly recommend checking out some of Bottle & Bottega’s studio and pop-up events to find one that can really channel that newfound vitality. Try to take full advantage by gathering with your friends for a bright night out!
The clocks won’t change back to Standard Time until November 6th, so enjoy it while you can!