We worked 8/25 to come up with a Daylight Saving Time (DST) joke, but from a business standpoint, the ongoing efforts to change the time twice a year are failing to amuse. Daylight saving time is good for business – or at least, doesn’t hurt – so we are mounting a defense, here and now.
Synchronize your wearables. Oh, waitâ¦ they’re syncing up. Let’s review it instead.
Signed into U.S. law for the purpose of saving electricity after seeing the Germans introduce the idea two years earlier, the Standard Time Act of 1918 had a basis on payments, as it was first left to the old Interstate Commerce Commission to determine the time.
This idea was so popular that the federal government scrapped the Standard Time Act in seven months.
Not exactly enthusiastic approval. But that didn’t stop us from burning the light of day on the idea.
FDR reinstated daylight saving time in 1942 during World War II, calling the clock change “War Time” (no pun intended), but it was the Uniform Time Act of 1966 – clearly designed by the Doctor (of fame from “Doctor Who”, not Doc Brown from “Back to the Future”) – who ultimately enshrined daylight saving time in current law, although several states (Arizona, Hawaii) do simply ignore.
Some want to end the practice altogether. Others think it should be universal. Who is right ?
It depends on what you think of Ben Franklin. Although he is often considered the genius behind DST, his famous trial, “An Economic Project,” was actually an open letter “to the authors of the Journal de Paris,” and went into excruciating detail about the cost of wasted lamp oil and wax.
Franklin calculated that Parisians burning candles and lamps on extra long nights, times the cost of the wax at the time, “made the sum of ninety-six million and seventy-five thousand” French pounds , which he described as âan immense sum! that the city of Paris could save each year, by saving from using the sun instead of candles.
Franklin’s flamboyant frugality, coupled with the desire of American farmers to make the most of their workday, were the main arguments in favor of maintaining daylight saving time. Keep in mind that the Founding Father is the same guy who took his son out in a thunderstorm to fly a kite hoping he would get hit.
Grain of salt. I’m just saying. But he was on to something about business and the weather.
See also: Could this be the last time we change the clocks?
Take our time to decide the fate of daylight saving time
Knowing that not everyone likes the biennial Rise and Shine reset, some investigation is needed.
As Liz Brown, founder of the Sleeping Lucid bedding company, told Reader’s Digest: âOne of the main drawbacks of daylight saving time is that it is very expensive for businesses because the hours opening and operations must adapt each spring.
The same article adds that âthe time change costs the United States approximately $ 430 million each year. Increased heart attacks, workplace injuries, and decreased productivity all account for the added costs. “
Maybe our favorite DST takedown comes from Kurt Rankin, economist and vice-president of PNC Financial Services Group. In a widely quoted cabin crew blog postRankin rained on the daylight saving time parade, saying, “In theory, reducing power consumption is the most compelling argument for an economic advantage for daylight saving time.” . But he has not proven that he succeeds.
The post noted that “some supporters of daylight saving time argue that increasing daylight in the evening gives consumers more time to shop.” Rankin says there is no current evidence to support this claim – but the businesses most likely to benefit from an extra hour of daylight at night would be those that offer products or experiences for outdoor recreation. air. Outside of these select retailers, Rankin hypothesizes that the effect of daylight saving time on businesses is imperceptible.
Don’t tell Big Candy. In 2005, the Shadow Snack Lobby succeeded in moving summer time from October to the first Sunday in November. One word: Halloween.
And besides, like NPR reported on Monday (November 1), “Daylight saving time is a money maker.” The late Michael Downing, professor at Tufts University and author of âSpring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time,â once said, âWhat we don’t tend to know as Americans, c t is that the biggest lobby for daylight saving time since 1915 in this country – and to this day – is the Chamber of Commerce.
Daylight saving time is good for business, but not ideal for humans. In other words, uniquely American.
That doesn’t stop the forces of daylight (or is it the nightlight?) From trying to end daylight saving time.
Thursday (November 4), USA Today cited Jim Reed of the National Conference of State Legislatures: âIn the past four years, 19 states have passed laws or passed resolutions providing for daylight saving time all year round, if Congress allows such a change, and in some cases, if neighboring states adopt the same legislation.
Will this effort make time go back by turning time back? We will find outâ¦ in due course.
* For the uninitiated, the TARDIS is a spacecraft / time machine that appears in the BBC sci-fi series “Doctor Who”. It looks like an old-fashioned London police phone booth. Those of us on this side of the Atlantic will probably never understand. Here ends the explanation.