Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 am, is the official daylight-saving time change for the state of Georgia.

The idea of changing the time was first introduced to the world as a joke by one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin. In his letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris in 1784, Franklin estimated that 64,050,000 pounds of candle wax would be saved if the city’s clocks were better aligned with the daily cycles of the sun. Years later, the idea became law in Germany and several other European countries during World War I as a way to reduce electricity, thereby saving coal for the war effort. Nowadays, the idea of changing the time to conserve energy continues to be debated. Some claim there is no quantifiable effect produced by the time change. Yet, for the commercial industry, the elongated summer hours produce millions more in sales, at least for the golf and barbecue industries. In 1986, when Congress changed the DST from six to seven months, the golf industry claimed $200 million in increased sales, and the barbecue industry boasted $100 more in sales of grills and briquettes. According to law enforcement, another benefit of summer hours is that crime drops by 3%. However, not all research shows the benefits to our society concerning DST. One study indicated the hour difference resulted in a 5.7 increase in workplace injuries, maybe because workers stayed longer on the job site into the evening hours. There are also studies that show increased risk of heart attacks and strokes related to less sleep. (Source: www.rd.com/culture/daylight-saving-time-facts/).

 


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Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.