Yesterday was the annual right of spring, wherein the vast majority of the people around the world advance their clocks one hour, to institute Daylight Savings Time. I am old enough to remember when we did not go through this process. Time was the same, year ’round.
The twice a year adjustment of time from standard time to daylight savings time and back again has become so routine that aside from the effort involved in the changing of all the various clocks and other time keeping devises, it is not really a big deal. And for many, they have never known anything else beside “spring forward, fall backward.” But for me, the whole daylight savings time thing begs several questions.
What are we saving? I am at a complete loss to understand what it is that is being saved. If it is money, it is not much, as the estimates of energy savings are in the neighborhood of 1%. And in fact, a recent study by the state of Indiana indicates that energy consumption actually increases as a result of daylight savings time.
It can’t possibly be daylight, as the name might suggests, as merely changing the hands of a clock does not add or subtract even one second of daylight.
We are not saving time, if that is somehow the rationale. After all, we actually gave up an hour on Sunday, which thankfully, we will recover this fall. And then there is all that time required to change all those clocks. That is time that is not saved, but actually spent.