Daylight savings is the practice of advancing time by one hour during the summer months to extend the evening sunlight by one hour. I’m sure there are arguments for and against the practice of doing this, but frankly, I don’t really see a point as it relates to my life and those around me. The hours of the day while the sun is up remains unchanged.

Anyway, now that time has advanced an hour forward, it pushes the sunrise back an hour, prolonging the need for lights on the bike in the morning. I was really starting to enjoy the sun rise over the San Jacinto mountains to the east.

Sunrise

In regards to daylight savings, it apparently seemed to arise from a desire to partake in hobbies in the evening. It seems to have been proposed by two separate indiviuals at two different times, George Hudson and William Willet, in 1898 and 1905. However, neither of their proposals resulted in the actual implementation of DST. It wasn’t until 1916 when Germany and Austria-Hungary decided to use DST to help conserve coal during war. Following World War One, DST was abandoned until the 1970s when it was adopted to try and help solve the energy crisis. Regardless of its origins, research on DST’s effect shows contradictory results with the decreased energy usage in the evenings resulting in an increased usage in the mornings.