Why does daylight-saving time still exist?


During daylight time, a greater amount of travel occurs during the daylight, which means better visibility for drivers.

Daylight saving time begins each year on the second Sunday in March at 2 a.m.

Most of America springs forward and loses an hour this weekend as the nation moves from standard time to daylight saving time (DST). This caused widespread time discrepancies, so the Uniform Time Act of 1966 established a start and end date, but states still had the choice whether to observe it.

Half of all American parents say Daylight Saving Time (DST) affects their kids and more than one-quarter (29%) report it's more hard to get children to sleep after the time change, according to a new survey from the Better Sleep Council, the nonprofit consumer education arm of the International Sleep Products Association.

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But one thing is clear in all machinations and manipulations to spring forward over the years: Daylight savings time, which begins Sunday, was not created to benefit farmers.

This practice of advancing the clock one hour in spring and back again in fall was instituted in the US during WWI to conserve energy for war resources.

With the world gripped in the throes of World War I, a war unlike anything the world had seen at the point, the various world powers were looking for unique and innovative ways to conserve resources. Now the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is encouraging people to participate in FrogWatch USA - using some of the extra daylight to take part in a citizen science program that tracks the health of the American amphibian population.

On Monday, Monday, a bill will be introduced in the Colorado Legislature that would make daylight saving time year-round. But after World War I ended, many countries reverted back to standard time. Now only Arizona and Hawaii stay on the same time all year. "Now, getting us another hour of daylight in December and January would be nice!" Most of the US observes DST except for Hawaii and most of Arizona.

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Voters would have to approve the bill in the November 2018 election and it would only go into effect when other states wholly or partially in the Mountain time zone also adopt permanent daylight saving time.

Does DST save energy?Many studies have been done to determine if Daylight Saving Time actually saves energy. Clocks will remain untouched as daylight-saving time officially starts.

Grant County cattle rancher and Board of Agriculture member Sharon Livingston agrees that moving the clock up one hour doesn't necessarily help.

Daylight saving time may threaten our health, hurt local retailers, and otherwise disrupt our lives.

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