Daylight saving time is the practice where clocks are moved an hour forward in the spring and again an hour back during winter. Basically, daylight saving time was initially intended to use more of the daylight during summer and save more energy. The idea of DST seems a good one initially and has some benefits as well but many people today don’t think it is necessary anymore. The daylight savings time history dates almost a century ago, and many things have changed over that time.
Initially, the idea of daylight saving time was to utilize more daylight in the evening which would result in saving energy bills. Nevertheless, things have changed and the argument doesn’t seem valid. Today, however, more people are willing to continue with the daylight saving practice. As a result, it has prompted the end daylight savings time petition.
The DST practice doesn’t seem any better anymore like it was initially. Because of the shortcomings of DST, it seems good to get rid of daylight saving time. The following reasons make the argument to end DST valid.
1. It doesn’t save energy costs.
One of the main reason why DST was introduced is to save energy. By moving one hour forward in the spring adds an hour of daylight. Because of this, people can use the extra daylight to work and do their business. This meant that artificial light finds less use to save on energy.
Today, however, there is minimal or negligible energy saved as a result of this DST practice. This is because there are computers, air conditioning units and TV screens that use even more energy. Actually, these devices may increase the energy costs. Since the energy saved from DST today is negligible, more people find it necessary to get rid of daylight saving time.
2. People can get sick.
By changing time even by a single hour disrupts the circadian rhythm or body clock. Often many people are inconvenienced by the tiredness that arises from daylight saving time. Usually, some people experience serious consequences due to change in time. Some studies have also shown that lacking enough sleep at the beginning of DST have resulted in workplace injuries, miscarriages, and car accidents. Depression has also be linked with darkness at early evening after the daylight saving period. Again, the risk of suffering from heart attack is increased at the onset of DST.
There is also economic disadvantage after DST transition since productivity is found to decrease. As a result, DST shortcomings have seen more people concerned about the need to continue with DST. Because of this, there are petitions to end daylight saving time.