This Sunday marks that time of year where we all “spring forward” an hour and feel groggy and sleep-deprived for the next couple of days. As much as we may all love “falling back” again in a few months, at this time of year, we always have to wonder if Daylight Savings Time is really worth doing. After all, Arizona and Hawaii have opted out of it, and they seem to be getting on just fine. So is this old habit an outdated one that should be done away with? Or does it have merit?
Though ancient cultures have adjusted their schedules to the sun’s for millennia, Daylight Savings Time was not made official until World War I. It was instituted to take better advantage of the sun’s natural light and cut down on oil and energy consumption in order to support the war effort. After World War I ended, most countries reverted back to the standard time.
However, “War Time,” as it was then called, was put back into place during World War II, and became a regular thing for many countries even after the war ended. We have continued the tradition ever since.
Though we haven’t officially been using Daylight Savings Time for long, our lives have changed a lot since World War II. To put things simply, we just don’t rely on the sun to dictate our schedules anymore. Light or dark, we can go about our normal lives using all the conveniences of modern technology. So, quite frankly, changing our clocks to suit the subtle shifts of the sun’s schedule seems a bit unnecessary.
Additionally, some people feel that Daylight Savings Time can present a hazard to commuters and even to children going to school, because the winter mornings are made much darker by this change. And of course, we can’t complain enough about the disruption to our sleep schedules.
Still, we have to acknowledge the fact that there is one big benefit to still using Daylight Savings Time—it saves energy. In 1974 and 1975, the United States government tracked the amount of oil saved in the country during Daylight Savings Time. The total came to about 10,000 barrels of oil saved every single day. That’s quite a lot of oil. (Perhaps they should rename the time change to be Oil Savings Time?)
The Long and Short of It
So there you have it—the reason for Daylight Savings Time and the pros and cons of it. We won’t pass judgment on the tradition. We’ll allow you to decide whether it’s an outdated policy, or just vastly underappreciated.
Whatever the case may be, it’s never a reason to keep sticking to other traditions that are severely outdated, such as using paper in your office. Though going paperless won’t get you that extra hour of sleep you’ll be wishing for on Sunday, it can cut back on your time at work so that you can catch up on that sleep more easily. Just give us a call or fill out the form on this page to learn more.
And don’t forget to set your clocks forward by one hour on Sunday. Because whether you like it or not, Daylight Savings Time is still a thing.