Sunday Sales Blast 11/5/17

Daylight saving time: The myths and the truths

Loved by some, loathed by many, daylight saving time has wide-ranging and often surprising implications.
From energy use to our very health, here's a look at some of the mythology and facts surrounding DST.

MYTH: It saves energy
One of the most commonly offered rationales for daylight saving time (yes, it's "saving," not "savings") is the presumption that by extending summer daylight later into the evening, Americans would use less energy.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to hold true.
A 2008 U.S. Department of Energy study reported that daylight saving time reduces annual energy use by about 0.03%. And a study that same year from the University of California-Santa Barbara found it might even increase energy consumption.

TRUTH: You really DO feel cruddy for a few days after
A 2012 British study found kids got more exercise during the longer summer day. That's good. Then again, researchers at the University of Alabama Birmingham reported in 2012 that the spring adjustment led to a 10% increase in heart attack risk.
On the other hand, that same study found the risk fell about as much in the fall, when clocks were turned back.

MYTH: Farmers loved it
The idea that daylight saving time was created to help farmers get their harvests in is so ingrained into the national consciousness, it's hard to believe it's not true.
But it's not, according to Prerau, whose 2009 book "Seize the Daylight" traces the history of the time shift.
Farmers, in fact, vociferously fought the proposals, arguing they cut productivity and made life overall tougher for them.

TRUTH: Fewer and fewer of us think it's worth the trouble
A 2014 Rasmussen poll found that a declining percentage of adults in the United States -- 33% -- think daylight saving time is "worth the hassle." That's down from 37% in 2013 and 45% the year before.
Efforts to kill off daylight saving time are nearly as old as the time shift itself, and even today, some are trying to get it repealed.
More than 63,000 people have signed a petition sponsored by the DST-hating website standardtime.com. A search on Change.org returns 1,466 petitions mentioning daylight saving time, most of which appear to support abolishing it.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/10/health/daylight-saving-time-facts-myths-trnd/index.html


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