Change the clocks

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This is the weekend to switch to Daylight Savings Time. I find the biannual time change annoying, my husband really hates it. “Just leave it alone!” he rants whenever the subject comes up.

We have founding father Benjamin Franklin to thank for the concept. In an essay titled “An Economical Project,” published in the Journal de Paris on April 26, 1784, he opined the public would use less candles and oil-fueled lamps if the extra sunlight in the spring moved from the beginning to the end of the day.

The Internet has a lot of data both for and against the idea.

According to www.webexhibits.org, a 1975 study done by the United States Department of Transportation found the nation uses about one percent less electricity per day during DST. In New Zealand, usage drops 3.5 percent at the beginning of DST and in the first week peak evening consumption drops to around five percent...

 

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