Daylight Savings Time Returns
Daylight Savings time goes into effect for most of Indiana this weekend so don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour after you come back from the club Saturday night! You ever wonder why we use daylight savings time! According to an article in National Geographic I read, (yes, I read National Geographic Online), Ben Franklin—of “early to bed and early to rise” fame—was apparently the first person to suggest the concept of daylight savings time BY ACCIDENT!
While serving as U.S. ambassador to France in Paris, Franklin wrote of being awakened at 6 a.m. and realizing, to his surprise, that the sun would rise far earlier than he usually did. Imagine the resources that might be saved if he and others rose before noon and burned less midnight oil.
It wasn’t until World War I that daylight savings were realized on a grand scale. Germany was the first state to adopt the time changes, to reduce artificial lighting and thereby save coal for the war effort. Friends and foes soon followed suit.
So save some money on your electric bills by using daylight savings time! Your wallet will thank you…