Good Question: Why Do We Observe Daylight Savings Time?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

How does one hour of extra sleep sound?

We fall back this weekend, marking the end of Daylight Savings Time.

A lot of people love the extra hour, but several people would rather we not even change the clock in the first place.

Why do we even practice Daylight Savings Time?

Good question.

It dates back to 1918. It was an effort to conserve fuel and it's been the center of controversy ever since.

There have been countless studies on Daylight Savings Time. Everything from its economic impact to its health benefits. Some argue that if it is so great and saves so much money, then keep it year-round.

Arizona and Hawaii don't mess with the clock, so why not the rest of the states?

That's up to the states.

The federal law just requires states to observe the dates set forth by Congress. Each state decides if it wants to practice Daylight Savings Time or not. Some require legislation to opt out. Others require an executive order by the governor.

In the meantime, Congress extended Daylight Savings Time in 2005, so plan to spring forward and fall back until at least 2025.

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