Daylight Saving Time: Fun Facts and How To Enjoy It

Daylight Saving Time: Fun Facts and How To Enjoy It

Daylight Saving Time, often confused as Daylight SavingS Time, begins here in our home in Pompano Beach, Florida this Sunday, March 13th, 2016. This is the day that we in the United States spring our clocks forward one hour until November 6 of this year when we will “fall back” one hour. The time change is said to conserve the energy output of people during the long, hot summer days. While many enjoy the longer sunlight in the evenings, others complain of internal time clock issues from the change. Whether you’re a friend or foe of DST, there is much to say about it.

Fun Facts About Daylight Saving Time

  • Two states DO NOT observe the daylight saving time period: Arizona and Hawaii.
  • It is not required of states to observe the period.
  • The idea of a time change period was first introduced by Ben Franklin in 1784 and was meant to conserve candle usage.
  • Many believe the change was instituted to help give farmers more sunlight hours to work the fields.
  • The Uniform Time Act of 1966 allowed states to set their own timekeeping regulations.
  • An execution set in 1921 was delayed due to confusion over time zones and DST
  • Germany was the first country to observe DST, but ancient civilizations were also found to have a similar practice of adjusting their daily schedules to mirror the Sun’s natural schedule.

How To Enjoy DST

  • Throw an evening get-together. For many during fall and winter, the sun has already set by the time they are leaving the office. Ignore that you lost an hour of sleep and have fun outdoors while watching the sunset after work.
  • Program your AC’s thermostat: Making sure that your thermostat is set to a temperature that both leaves your house cool enough to not be humid all day, but not so much that you are unnecessarily wasting your HVAC’s energy when you’re not home to enjoy it! A good thermostat temperature to set it at when you’re not home in the summer is 78 degrees.
  • Exercise outdoors: Before it gets unbearably hot in the afternoon, use the darker mornings to take your workout outside. The humidity will be much lower and you’ll start your day with more energy.

Don’t Forget to Change Those Clocks!

Many digital clocks may change the time automatically at 2 a.m. but most will not. Be sure to spring them forward when you wake up in the morning, and before you’re late! Daylight Saving Time is also a great time to think about the energy efficiency of your air conditioning system. Make sure to change those air filters and contact us if you think that your AC could use a boost to help get you both through the dog days of summer!