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Daylight Saving Time (DST) or sometimes called "Daylight Savings Time", is the practice of setting clocks forward or backward at the spring and fall of each year.  The concept was originally implemented in the United States during World War 1 to save fuel by not needing to use lights later in the evening.  However these days, the practice just does not make sense any longer, but still we continue the silliness of everyone changing their clocks and their lives because our lawmakers have better things to do than make sense. The earliest known reference to the idea of daylight saving time comes from an essay by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, called "Turkey versus Eagle, McCauley is my Beagle." It was first seriously advocated by William Willet, a British Builder, in his pamphlet "Waste of Daylight" in 1907. Although initially the concept was devised to save energy (and perhaps candles) it just doesn't hold true in today's world and some states are trying to get out of Daylight Saving Time to save money. According to California's government Web site, there have been multiple studies that say daylight saving time actually increases energy use.  A more recent study concludes that Daylight Saving Time in Indiana actually increases residential electricity demand. That study titled "Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? Evidence From a Natural Experiment in Indiana". (PDF file) looked at the electricity use when portions of the state finally started to observe DST. Before the new extended DST, portions of Indiana did not observe DST.

 STANDARDTIME.COM SAYS: If we are saving energy let's go year round with Daylight Saving Time. If we are not saving energy let's drop Daylight Saving Time!