Daylight Savings: Outdated or Right on Time? 

Alyssa Smith and Dr. Colleen Delaney

Abstract

With the imminent arrival of Daylight-Saving Time (DST) in March, the study of how the time shift effects people and electrical costs is now more pertinent than ever before with the planned approval of a bill by the United States senate that would make the shift to Daylight Saving Time permanent, a bill which would go into effect as soon as 2023 depending on whether it gains both the approval of congress and the signature of president Biden. 
Past research about DST started with Benjamin Franklin during his stay in France as an ambassador for England where he observed the shifting of time as the sun rose earlier in the day, an opportunity wasted on the people who continued to close their shutters and continued to buy expensive candles instead of utilizing the natural light that the early rising of the sun provided.  William Willett was considered the “father” of DST as he championed for it the loudest and for the longest period, it wasn’t until it was used during the World War eras that America and Britain took a serious interest in the idea.
The researcher of this article used both Qualitative and Quantitative data methods to determine the effectiveness of DST. The data was collected with the query of how it affects humanity’s overall quality of life in addition to the cost of electrical bills based on the utilization of lights later in the evening during DST. It also begs the question of whether this cost savings really reflect the needs of people who find their health may be negatively affected during the transition to and from Standard Time (a uniform time that is used by regions that have the same longitude) to DST.

Presentation

Session 1 – 1:30p.m. – 2:45p.m.

Room A – Sierra 1411 

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