Did Ben Franklin Get It Right? Time To Change The Clocks Again

In 1794, while in Paris, Benjamin Franklin initially introduced the concept of “daylight savings time” in an essay with the title “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.”  While there are debates as to who came up with the useful modern interpretation, the current version we use with the “Spring Forward / Fall Back” concept was enacted by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which set the current standard of changing the clocks on the first Sunday in November and the second Sunday in March.

We do this because, theoretically, it should reduce energy usage and costs, keep children from going to school in the dark, reduce crime and have fewer auto accidents. In practice, most agencies like the Department of Energy, National Transportation Safety Board and others have shown little variation in statistics whether DST was active or not. Many states have varied back and forth between Daylight Savings Time adoption, however, currently, the only state that doesn’t “Spring Forward / Fall Back” is Arizona. Stick with The Maria Sanchez Show for more fun filled facts about why we do the things we do!

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