Never do I quite get used to the loss of that hour hour in the morning. I really need my cup of coffee when we are enduring DST. Although it's not terribly hot here where we live very often, it can be a bit uncomfortable during the middle of the day. (And who knows what will happen as the climate changes.) So I have to wake up very early (CST) for us to get our walk with the dogs in before the sun is too high. Suppertime rolls around too soon. And if it has been a hot day, we have to wait an hour longer for the sun to start to set and the air to cool.
And then all of a sudden it's bedtime! Pet peeves rather than serious, I know. But still....
Here in Mexico, we change our clocks in the spring about a month later than in the US and about a week earlier in the fall. It was decided quite sensibly to leave things as they were and not to follow those Merkans up north who for some unknown reason decided to make DST season even longer than it had been a few years ago. And mercifully (a little bit) we turn back the clock about a week earlier in the fall. Some countries did not follow suit at all, like Chile. But of course Chile doesn't lie along an uneasy border shared with the US.
The photo above is of workers changing the time on (I think) Big Ben that I stole from this article on the time changes in BBC News online including the bit on Chile which just decided to reject, cast off, DST this year.
Some Time Change facts, courtesy of the BBC article, bits of which I translated, below:
- It was originally a German idea introduced during the First World War to economize on energy.
- It was thought that housseholds wouldn't need artificial light in the evenings until later which would be good.
- However, someone forgot that it meant you'd have to use it in the morning for longer.
- In the United States, there is a growing number of voices challenging the idea that the benefits of DST are worth the pain of getting up an hour earlier.
- In a study called "Estimating the Economic Loss of Daylight Saving Time for US Metropolitan Statistical Areas (whew!)put out by Chmura Economics, it's said that the contry loses $424 milllion dollars in r educed productivity because of DST.
- A Yale study by Matthew Kotchen and Laura Grant looked at the change in Indiana which only adopted Daylight Savings Time in 2006. They found that lighting use was reduced but air conditioning increased, and the air conditioning is more expensive.
- There are various United States states investigating the elimination of DST yay!)
And I grew up thinking it was to give farmers an extra hour of light for work during the farm season.
You folks up north are already on DST. Down here, don't forget to change your clocks on April 5.