Is Daylight Savings Time Still Valid


“Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of turning the clock ahead as warmer weather approaches and back as it becomes colder again so that people will have one more hour of daylight in the afternoon and evening during the warmer season of the year.” As defined by whatis.techtarget.com/definition/Daylight-Saving-Time-DST

I was having this discussion about Daylight Savings time and interestingly enough most of the group didn’t know if we were entering daylight savings or coming out of so I decided to do a little more research to figure out what the jest is.

Now that I read more about daylight savings I can understand why we can be divided on this topic. Due to the fact that our founding fathers were the ones to come up with concept, maybe the concept needs to be brought up to date. Here is some information I found:

“The idea is that if the sun is out "longer" than normal, people will use natural light and turn on their home lights later. Therefore, less electricity will be used. In 1975, a study was done by the US Department of Transportation that estimated DST would decrease the country's electricity consumption by 1% from March to April. One year later, other sources said that this reduction was insignificant. This is due to the fact that many people used air conditioning and other home appliances while they were home. Also, those who woke up early in the morning consumed lots of energy because there was less sunlight in the morning.

Moreover, during the wintertime, DST is less advantageous to many people and businesses that need more light in the early morning because the sun rises later. Even the logic behind DST was that it would save energy all year round. However, the least energy is saved during the winter's darkest months: November, December, January, and February. Furthermore, the entire state of Indiana did not follow daylight savings time until 2008. After doing a study, of residential electricity consumption in the state, they found that the usage of electricity was actually increased by a percent during DST. Therefore, it counteracted the original purpose of DST which was for saving energy. This is due to the increased usage of air-conditioning during the hot summer days.

Lastly, it is interesting to know that DST depends on where you live in the world. For those who live near the equator, the hours of day and night are equally about 12 hours each. Yet, the closer one lives to the North or South Pole, the longer they have daylight during the summer. For that matter, DST during the summer is not beneficial in the tropical areas. Also, nations close to the equator do not shift their clocks at all.” As reported on http://vpcalendar.net/what-is-the-point-of-daylight-savings-time.html

By now you might be wondering what this has to do with golf? Easy, the more sunlight the longer play time can commence. After all, who doesn’t want more time to be outside to soak in the sun and enjoy the great outdoor past times? Even though I personally do not like changing the clocks, I do see the benefits of having the sun out longer. So what about you, how do you feel about Daylight Savings time?