Daylight saving benefit up to us
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.