Daylight Saving Time: ‘Fall back’ continues despite questions about benefits

1 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Clocks fall back early Sunday.

Daylight saving time ends tomorrow, a fact which will cause many of us to groan as we think forward to the Monday evening commute home in utter darkness.

Residents of Philadelphia and most people in the United States get an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York is urging residents to use the time change as a reminder to put a new battery in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they are in working order. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. In the past most people kept forgetting if the clocks were supposed to go backwards or forwards that important day, so we invented the tidy sayings “spring ahead” and “fall back.” The unfortunate part is most of us can’t remember which day we are supposed to change the clocks, as the date seems to keep changing. Here are some of the things—aside from changing the few manual clocks you still have lying around that won’t fix themselves—that you can do with an extra 60 minutes on your hands. Having your fans run clockwise during the winter can save on energy costs—when the blades move in the opposite direction, they circulate warm air throughout the room according to Energy Star.

Official say working smoke alarms are proven life-savers, and homes and apartments should have at least one working smoke detector, preferably near sleeping areas. In 2007, crime rates dropped by as much as seven percent in the days following the implementation of DST, according to an analysis done by Jennifer L.

On the other hand, why can’t we rid ourselves of standard time—which, by the way, only encompasses about four months of the year at this point—and enjoy longer evenings year round? With a potentially brutal New England winter and freezing temperatures on the way, it’s a good time to turn off outside water so that water in the pipes doesn’t freeze and cause them to burst. A growing body of research indicates that switching the clocks back or forward can have adverse health effects, by disrupting our sleep patterns and leading to short-term sleep deprivation. Other critics of DST, such as Michael Downing, professor of English at Tufts University and author of “Spring Foward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Savings,” also note that while DST was originally established to support the war effort, its largest supporter since 1915 is the Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber understood that if you give workers more sunlight at the end of the day they’ll stop and shop on their way home,” said Downing in a radio interview. If you have as many digital clocks as I do it’s a real hassle altogether and could take until at least 2:30, so the sleep we gain we actually lost changing the clocks at 2 a.m.

When the sky goes dark before you’ve finished your daily grind and gotten a chance to relax, an irresistible little voice starts whispering in your ear. There’s a new season of Supernatural on Netflix.” How many hours of human creativity and productivity have been wasted in the name of inexplicably early evenings we can only imagine. I am currently crossing Australia by bike this Then I found the Territory of Victoria, which contains my final destination Melbourne, observes daylight savings when the entire rest of the country doesn’t.

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