Did George Hudson have the right idea?

Nov. 4, most people woke up a little more refreshed than usual, due to their extra hour of sleep after our clocks “fell back” at two A.M. This change means instead of waking up to dark and it staying light outside longer, we would wake up to light and it would be dark by six P.M. This, to most of us, was an adjustment over the weekend. Sleep schedules are out of whack, clocks are wrong; so why do we still do this?

Daylight saving time (usually incorrectly spoken as daylight savings), was thought by many to have been created by Ben Franklin to save money and energy, according to NationalGeographic. However, it goes on to explain that this concept traces back hundreds of years. The modern concept of daylight saving time in the United StatesImage result for George Hudson daylight savings

originated from George Hudson’s (pictured to the left) initial plan in 1895. He proposed a two hour time change allowing for more work hours in light and more time to go firefly hunting in the summer.

Years later, places like England and Germany began to wonder how they could conserve energy and save some money. Throughout World War I, many countries involved in the war implanted some type of daylight saving method. On Mar. 9, 1918, the United States Congress passed the first daylight saving law, along with the Standard Time Act in which time zones were put in place.

After the bill passed and the war was over, according to LiveScience, President Woodrow Wilson wanted to keep the Daylight Saving method in tact. However, many farmers in the United States were very unhappy about losing an hour of morning light. Thus, each town was allowed to decide if they would participate in daylight savings time which created mass chaos. Later, daylight savings time was no longer a choice and every state participated.

Today, TimeandDate states 40 percent of the world still “falls back” in the fall and “springs forward” once spring comes back around. Every year, the time change affects people worldwide and we never get used to it. Does it really save energy, or is it a way to mess with our sleep schedules and make us late at least two times out of the year? Overall, it is supposed to make the best use out of daylight, lower energy bills and in return save the country money.

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