Understanding Daylight Saving Time USA (DST)

There are around 70+ countries that use Daylight saving time. USA is one of them. On the other hand, Arizona and Hawaii don’t use Daylight saving time (DST). In addition, Daylight saving time is adjusted according to the season. That’s why it confuses most of the people. In this blog post, specifically, we will take a look at Daylight Saving Time USA.

What is Daylight Saving Time?

Without a doubt, DST is a practice. In summer or warmer months of the year, the time clock is set an hour advanced/forward. It is just like “Spring Forward” in time. Moreover, Daylight adjustment is made during the spring season. From November or Fall, the time clock is set back to one hour which is known as “Falling Back”.

Concept and History of Daylight Saving Time In the USA

In 1784, the idea of Daylight saving was introduced by Benjamin Franklin. His concept behind this theory was if people adjust their time of sleeping and waking up, they could save more energy and make better use of candles as well. Additionally, he said people can take advantage of daylight to save a lot of energy. The USA officially adopted this concept (Daylight Saving Time) during World War I to save fuel and energy.

To reduce the need for energy and other resources, Daylight saving time was implemented to help out the war participants during World War & II. After the end of the war, the DST was no longer used. Furthermore, in the 1960s, during the energy crisis, DST was reintroduced. Meanwhile, in the 1960s, In the United States, the Uniform Time Act was introduced for Daylight saving time.

Purposes Of Daylight Saving Time

The main purpose of daylight saving was to consume natural resources like daylight better during the start of autumn, summer, and spring days. By adjusting the clocks one hour forward, we can take more advantage of consuming daylight even during the evening time. Here are some benefits of daylight saving time that are given below:

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Energy Saving:

The main purpose of Daylight saving time was to save energy and resources. It saves artificial energy like candles and fuel. Also, people can take advantage of daylight even in the evening hours. Moreover, It reduces electricity consumption too.

Fewer Traffic Incidents:

Daylight causes more visibility on the road. it reduces the number of road accidents.

Economically Beneficial:

During daylight time, people spend more time outside. It boosts the economy due to shopping, having food at restaurants, and other economic activities.

Some US States That Wants To Remove Daylight Saving Time Bill

In addition, there are some states in the United States that want to remove DST. Across the US, since 2015. there are 350 resolutions and bills have been applied to remove daylight saving time. Still, there are around 19 states that have passed regulations on daylight saving time. Some states, the year of the bill, the law name, and their goal are mentioned below:

State NameYearLaw/ResolutionGoal
Kentucky2021House Resolution 141Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Georgia2021Senate Bill 100Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Montana2021Senate Bill 254Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Mississippi2021House Bill 1062Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Minnesota2021Chapter 12 amendmentPermanent Daylight Saving Time
Alabama2021Senate Bill 388Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Wyoming2020House Bill 0044Permanent Daylight Saving Time
South Carolina2020Act No. 113Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Louisiana2020House Bill 132Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Idaho2020Senate Bill 1267Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Georgia2020House Resolution 1240Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Maine2019Legislative Document 885Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Delaware2019Senate Bill 73Permanent Daylight Saving Time
Washington2019House Bill 1196Permanent Daylight Saving Time

When Does Daylight Saving Time Start?

According to the state’s local time, DTS starts at 2:00 AM. In summer or warmer days, all clocks are set to 3:00 AM by law. Whereas, in the Fall, all clocks are set back to 2:00 AM again. On the other hand, in Europe, all the clocks are set to 1:00 AM UTC (start & end).

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