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Day light Savings Time


Daylight Savings Time is something we all have grown accustom to, in the past the world did not reap the benefits of DST. Daylight Saving Time or (DST) was introduced by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, but a more modern daylight saving time was not proposed until 1895 when George Vernon Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand, established a proposal for a two-hour daylight saving shift to the Wellington Philosophical Society. After that another conception of daylight saving time has been credited to an English builder, William Willett in 1905, when he presented the idea to set the clocks forward during the summer months, which is why we have these longer bright days we love in the summer where it gets dark at around 8:30 or 9pm.

All modern developed countries adhere the current DST, but some under developed countries do not use it. The difference in sunlight is biggest in the areas that are the furthest away from the equator.      Our clocks are set forward in the spring when DST starts in which we lose one hour, and back one hour when DST ends in the fall in which get the hour we lost back. An easy way to remember which way the clock goes, just remember “spring forward, fall back”. If you by chance forget, you will always know when to make the change from your local news and radio stations, and most employers will definitely remind you.

Many countries make use DST to allow better use of the natural sunlight in the evenings. Some believe that DST could lead to fewer road accidents and commuter injuries, by having more daylight during the hours most people are on the roads.

Another benefit of daylight savings time is to reduce the amount of energy used for artificial lighting during the evening hours. However, some studies actually disagree about the ability of DST’s energy savings, while other studies have a positive outcome, it seems obvious that it saves energy because we don’t need to use light lights until 8pm in the spring and summer, as opposed to using lights at 6pm in the fall and winter.

So in conclusion, DST has evolved and has many uses for modern civilization, we need it for several reasons. The next time you need to set your clock forward or back you will know all the benefits it has for you and the world around you.

The System Of Daylight Savings Time


Daylight saving time (DST) is also known as summer time, it is the system of advancing clocks during summer months so that people get up earlier in the morning and experience more daylight in the evening. (This article was brought to you by Michael and Dee Norris Realtors, Norris & Company Realty, LLC. Winter Haven Real Estate, Providing your trusted Real Estate Services for over 20 years).

In the United States a one-hour shift occurs at 2:00 A.M. local time, in the spring clocks jump forward from the last moment of 1:59 A.M. standard time to 03:00 DST and that day only has 23 hours, in autumn the clock jumps backward from the last moment of 1:59 A.M. DST to 1:00 A.M. standard time, repeating that hour, and that day has an extra hour making it 25 hours.

Many countries in the northern hemisphere (north of the equator) observe DST, but not all. Daylight saving time is in use between March and April and ends between September and November as the countries return to Standard Time.

In the southern hemisphere (south of the equator) the participating countries start DST between September and November and ends between March and April. Standard time begins in the southern hemisphere between March–April and ends between September–November.

These days clocks are almost always set one hour back or forward, but throughout history there have been several variations, like half adjustment (30 minutes) or double adjustment (two hours), and adjustments of 20 and 40 minutes have also been used. A two-hour adjustment was used in several countries during the 1940s and elsewhere at times.

Daylight saving has caused controversy since it began. Winston Churchill argued that it enlarges “the opportunities for the pursuit of health and happiness among the millions of people who live in this country” and pundits have dubbed it “Daylight Saving Time”. Historically, retailing, sports, and tourism interests have favored daylight saving, while agricultural and evening entertainment interests have opposed it, and its initial adoption had been prompted by energy crisis and war. (This article was brought to you by Michael and Dee Norris Realtors, Norris & Company Realty, LLC. Winter Haven Real Estate, Providing your trusted Real Estate Services for over 20 years).


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