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Daylight Saving

How do you Save Daylight?

When daylight saving was first introduced by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, it was an economic evaluation that spoke to artificial lighting and its effect on the economy.  Fast forward a couple hundred years, and we have a greater selection of screens that create more artificial light than we had oil lamps manufactured in the US.

In 1908, a couple hundred Canadians in Ontario made the jump to spring ahead an hour.  After Germany introduced the concept in 1916, country after country started to follow suite.  Though public support was limited, and changes have been made since then, 70 Countries world-wide participate in Daylight Saving each year.

In the United States, Hawaii and Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Reservation) are the only two states who’ve opted out.  American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands also don’t participate.  If you had your choice, would you?

Contrary to popular belief, American farmers didn’t lobby for daylight saving.  For Farmers, the clock didn’t dictate their schedules, but rather the sun.  For the rest of us now using artificial light, how do we make the best of the phantom extra hour of daylight we have in a day?

Did you enjoy these fun facts about day light saving? Read more fun facts here 

Reminder! – Spring ahead this Sunday, March 8.

 

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Kelly Grohowski, Client Solutions Manager