I’ve been told a lot of things about Daylight Saving Time. Some say it was instituted for farmers, to extend their working hours. Some say for school children having to meet the bus before sunrise. Turns out, neither of these reasons is correct, and if you ask most people, they have nothing good to say about DST.
So why do we continue to observe it?
Let’s Start with a Brief History of Daylight Saving Time in the US
Daylight Saving Time was talked about and recommended by many people, including Benjamin Franklin, for years before Germany adopted the idea during the first World War. The idea was so save money on energy in the evenings by having people get up earlier in the morning, and to spend the money conserved on the war effort. This practice was quickly adopted by other countries. Surprisingly, many went back to standard time after the war, then started again during WWII.
DST was first instituted in America in 1918, repealed 7 months later and then in 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted a year-round Daylight Savings Time. The length of time observed and the areas in which it is observed have varied greatly over the years. Today, most states observe DST from the second Sunday in March till the first Sunday in November.
According to TimeandDate.com:
DST is a change in the standard time with the purpose of making better use of daylight and conserving energy.
Clocks are set ahead one hour when DST starts. This means that the sunrise and sunset will be one hour later, on the clock, than the day before.
What Do Homesteaders Think of Daylight Saving Time?
Personally, I abhor it. I’m a flexible urban gardener. When the days become longer I can adjust my time outdoors to make the most of the daylight. I’m going to have just as much sunlight in a 24 hour period as everyone else!!
Not wanting to be biased, I decided to ask some fellow preppers and homesteaders what they think of DST.
Tips for Getting Used to Daylight Saving Time on the Homestead
1. Start Getting Up and Going to Bed Earlier
A week or two before DST begins, work on getting up earlier while you have time to be flexible so your body isn’t in a state of shock the second Sunday morning of March! Going to bed earlier helps too!
2. Make a Plan
Are there chores you’ll need to reschedule? Think about all you do outside every day from milking to feeding the chickens and watering the garden. Figure out where you’ll be to make adjustments to your daily routine and create a plan so you’re not lost the first week or two.
3. Start a New Habit
I find the beginning of DST is a really good time to start something new. You’re already adding going to bed earlier and getting up earlier to your day, so why not use that time of adjusting your inner clock to make room for a new routine. Maybe you’ve been meaning to exercise in the mornings or start a training program with your dog. Add these things to your plan!
What do YOU Think of Daylight Saving Time?
Last week I asked on Facebook if anyone else disliked this obstruction of normalcy known as Daylight Saving Time. Y’all had some pretty opinionated answers!
Chime in! Let me know what you think of DTS in the comments!
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