March 8, 2018 | Heather Lynch

Four Daylight Saving Time Facts

It is ‘daylight saving time’.

The first of our daylight saving time facts is that it is, ‘daylight saving time’, not ‘daylight savingstime’. A review of the original Uniform Time Act of 1966 reveals no reference to ‘saving’ or ‘savings’. However, when Congress expanded daylight saving time in 1999, the amendment was referred to as the Expansion of Daylight Saving Time Section 2 (a) of Pub.L. 99-359. The text refers to daylight saving time repeatedly. A prior public law, the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973, also omits the second ‘s’. There is some speculation the term ‘daylight savings time’ entered the vernacular due to the common use of the word savings in terms such as savings account.

It’s becoming less popular.

The fact is, daylight saving time is becoming increasingly unpopular. Rasmussen Reports, which studies public opinion, polled 1,000 adultsregarding the popularity of daylight saving time over the course of several years. In 2012, less than half the country, 45 percent, supported daylight saving time. The number dropped to 37 percent in 2013. And in 2014, only 33 percent of Americans stated they thought it was worth the hassle.

Not all of the world observes it – nor all of the US.

While Australia and most of Europe observe daylight saving time, most Asian nations, as well as most of Africa, don’t. In countries near the equator, for example, the amount of sunlight is relatively constant. Therefore, it doesn’t really make sense to adjust time to take advantage of extra sun.
In the United States, Hawaii and parts of Arizona also don’t observe daylight saving time.
You can test your knowledge of countries with daylight saving time here.

Daylight saving began as part of the war effort.

Daylight saving time was originally introduced during World War I as a way of taking advantage of usable daylight hours. First used by Germany, and designed as a temporary measure, England, France, and the United States eventually adopted the measure as well. Most countries, including the United States, abandoned daylight saving time until World War II, when it was then reimplemented. Between the end of World War II and the 1966 Uniform Time Act, states were free to use or abandon daylight saving time.

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