Spring forever forward?

March 12, 2023

Though we’ll have an hour less time this weekend, we recommend that reading “Time Well Spent: An Economic Analysis of Daylight Saving Time Legislation” is indeed time well spent. 

Authored by two University of Washington professors, it’s 15 years old, 47 pages long, heavy on footnotes and light on pictures (in fact, there are none). But before you click away to clear your inbox, consider this: Spend a few minutes skimming this paper and you will know:

Why the history of Daylight Saving Time is so interesting

  • Benjamin Franklin first proposed the idea in a satirical essay, writing that shifting sleeping patterns to coincide with sunlight would save money on candles, and suggesting – tongue in cheek – the ringing of all church bells at sunrise, and “if that is not sufficient, let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards effectually.” 

Why the future of Daylight Saving Time is so promising 

  • Washington state passed legislation in 2019 to make Daylight Saving Time permanent – but only if allowed by the federal government. Professor Steve Calandrillo sums up the benefits in this Fast Company article. Candle wax efficiency (or rather the 21st century equivalent) remains a major consideration (see point number 3).

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