Day­light sav­ing ben­e­fit up to us

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

AF­TER be­ing around for more than 100 years day­light sav­ing still has the abil­ity to di­vide opin­ion.

First started on a very lo­calised front at Thun­der Bay in Canada in 1908, it gained more wide­spread ‘pop­u­lar­ity’ in Ger­many in 1916 dur­ing WWI when it was in­tro­duced to re­duce the need for ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing and save coal for the war ef­fort.

Other coun­tries in Europe soon fol­lowed and although it went out of fash­ion at war’s end it re­turned dur­ing WWII for the same rea­son.

Now it’s used in 40 per cent of coun­tries in­clud­ing most states in Aus­tralia.

It was first in­tro­duced here in 1971 (although Queens­land quickly dumped it the next year) yet it still cre­ates angst for many peo­ple.

For those with reg­u­lar ‘9 to 5’ rou­tines it works rel­a­tively well by pro­vid­ing ex­tra day­light to al­low longer out­door pur­suits.

But for many shift work­ers, farm­ers and par­ents of young chil­dren it’s not so friendly and of­ten leads to those af­fected to walk around in a zom­bie-like state from Oc­to­ber to April each year.

If we can em­brace the change to our body clocks it can lead to a more ac­tive life which is gen­er­ally a good thing.

It can still pos­si­bly re­duce our en­ergy bills as it did in the war years, although power hun­gry air con­di­tion­ers of­ten can­cel out any sav­ing.

If we set our­selves to make the most of the ex­tra day­light hour we might discover a to­tally new di­men­sion in our lives and carry that through the rest of the year.

The other choice is to bah hum­bug the sum­mer com­pletely and that would be waste of op­por­tu­nity.

Think of the dif­fer­ence an ex­tra hour of ‘liv­ing’ could make in our lives.

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