Can someone explain daylight saving time to me? I just don’t get it. Why do we need to save daylight? Are we running out of daylight? Doesn’t daylight magically reappear every morning? I’m fairly certain the sun is suppose to light our planet for at least another five billion years.
I also don’t understand how daylight saving time gives us an extra hour of daylight. Am I missing something here? Isn’t there approximately the same amount of daylight — it just starts and ends an hour later, right?
Then there’s the theory that daylight saving time saves energy. Sure, with daylight saving time, we don’t need to turn on the light as often at the end of the day. But I read somewhere that daylight saving time actually increases energy use because people use the air conditioner an extra hour longer when it gets hot. According to another study, people also use more gas because they are out and about.
As you can probably tell, I’m not too fond of daylight saving time. I find manually adjusting the clocks annoying. And with the new schedule in the states, I have to adjust the clock twice on my old electronics because they were programmed with a different daylight saving time schedule. For me, the hardest part of daylight saving time involves the kids. Last year, it took my son about a month to adjust to the new time. Tucking him in at night was a two-hour ordeal. I love my son, but I have better things to do than to lay with him for two hours every night waiting for him to fall asleep.
This year, I decided to do something different. For the past week, I’ve been tucking my son ten minutes earlier each day. It’s sorta working. For the last three days, he has been falling asleep around 8:15 (7:15) regardless of what time I tuck him in. On Sunday, it took me 75 minutes to tuck him. Better than two hours, but longer than normal. So, here’s the new poll question. How do you adjust for daylight saving time?