How did Daylight Savings Come about
Benjamin Franklin suggested Daylight savings as a way to conserve energy, however, it was not adopted by society till 1916. Germany adopted it during the war as a way to conserve energy and conserve money during world War One. The rest of Europe eventually got on board, but the United States didn’t adopt Daylight Savings till 1918. Woodrow Wilson wanted to keep daylight savings around after World War One but the farmers objected since it meant they would lose an hour of valuable light.
Daylight savings didn’t make a return till WWII when Franklin Rosevelt brought it back in 1942. When the war was over states and towns were given the choice to adopt daylight savings. The choice was leading to chaos so in 1966 Congress stepped in. Congress in 1966 enacted the Time Uniform Act That federal law meant that any state observing DST — and they didn’t have to jump on the DST bandwagon — had to follow a uniform protocol throughout the state in which daylight saving time would begin on the first Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. Then, in 2007, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 went into effect, expanding the length of daylight saving time to the present timing.
Facts about Daylight Savings
1) Only 40% of countries follow daylight savings
2) Hawaii and Arizona are the two U.S. states that don’t observe daylight saving time
3) US Virgin Island and Puerto Rico do not take part in daylight savings
4) Most of the negative effects of daylight savings happen when we spring forward than when we fall back.
5) When we Spring forward there is an increased risk of heart attacks, the first Monday after time change workplace injury increases.
6) Danish Study found depression increased 11% during daylight savings and decreased after 10 weeks of daylight savings
7) Australian study found suicide rates also increased in the weeks that followed after the time change the first few weeks.
8) Your dog or cat is just as affected by the time change as you are. Your four-legged family member will be looking at you saying hey you feed me and not aware of they are an hour early or an hour late.
Day Light Savings To-Do List
Do some fall cleaning, get rid of clutter from your home, donate, recycle or toss items.
Swap out closet and decor. Take those summer and spring items and swap them out for warmer attire.
Flip your mattress if appropriate. Flipping a mattress can extend the use of your mattress.
Reverse your fan from counterclockwise to keep things cool in the summer but clockwise rotation so it pushes the warm air down,
Replace HVAC Filters will not only keep the air cleaner but will also help in keeping your heating and cooling running efficiently and protecting your wallet.
Check your water heater. Routine maintenance will allow your system to work more efficient
Daylight Savings is a great time to update the batteries in your smoke and carbon detectors.
Clean your gutters so damage doesn’t happen to your home.
Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries in flashlights, car kit is a key current with jumper cables, blankets, water, first aid kit, radio, phone charge powered by solar, utility knives, gloves, medication, games, and cash.
Clean your fireplace and check the chimney for cracks and obstruction.
Clean out Medicine Cabinets get rid of anything expired.
Put a new Baking Soda in your fridge and clean and organize your freezer
Do a deep clean of your kitchen appliances inside and out
Swap out filters HVAC, Coffee, Humidifier filter, Water Filters
Washer your pillows, Pillow Shams, and seasonal blankets
Clean out your pantry if there are spices, food expired, or you’re just not going to use if it’s still good donate it to a local pantry
Sharpen your knives, throw out Tupperware that is cracked, looks discolored, or is missing the matching tops
Revamp a room in your home. Swap out some furniture, repaint a room, change some hardware.