Daylight saving time in the United States officially ends this Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m. – and yes, slackers, this is “the one when you get an extra hour of sleep.”
But should you get this hour back? Or more to the point … should you have lost it in the first place? And should we really continue this ridiculous “spring forward, fall back” interruption in our daily lives?
If you ask us this whole thing is a scam.
Implemented in 1966 via the Uniform Time Act (and last adjusted in 2007), daylight saving time was created with the intention of conserving energy. The argument? That longer days would reduce the demand for illumination.
Has it worked? Hell no …
Longer days have reduced nighttime lighting bills, but they’ve also jacked up air conditioning usage in the evenings. Not only that there’s a new demand created for lighting in the early morning hours. Also, daylight saving time results in increased gasoline usage as people spend more time outside of their homes.
Given that daylight saving time (like most government experiments) isn’t accomplishing its intended objective – why does it go on? Good question …
According to a new Rasmussen study, only 36 percent of Americans believe “spring forward, fall back” is worth the hassle, while 45 percent do not.
Maybe it’s time we should scrap this failed experiment … especially since it’s estimated that the American economy loses $1.7 billion a year just from changing its clocks every March and November.