The scoop on daylight saving

November 4th, 2012 at 11:19 am by under Weather

Benjamin Franklin (Image Credit: H.B. Hall/J.A. Duplessis, Library of Congress)

So, did you remember to change your clocks?

Daylight Saving Time, and the resulting twice a year switch to our clocks, can be a topic that creates much controversy.  Just think how long it took Indiana to finally adopt the practice!

But, how much do you really know about the history of the time change?  Ben Franklin often gets credit for having the original theory about changing the clock to reduce energy costs spent, at that time, on candles.   However, if you read the letter  that he wrote to the editor of the Journal of Paris back in 1784, you will see he did not really propose the clock changes we’re now used to.  What he was suggesting was that people adjust their sleep schedules to be more closely aligned with the sun’s rising.  Basically, to go to bed earlier and wake up with the sunrise.  By doing so, families wouldn’t have to buy as many candles to light their homes.

The practice of actually switching the clock to achieve daylight saving time didn’t happen until the 1900s during World War I.  Click here to read more “Things You Didn’t Know About Daylight Saving”

Many of you already use the time change to remember to change your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries.  Here are a few more reminders of things to do…

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