Daylight saving

Daylight saving commences this Sunday where clocks will be moved forward an hour. This issue regarding daylight saving has always been a question mark for certain people, especially those who may have been from a country where there’s no need for it.

What is Daylight saving?

Daylight saving is the convention of advancing clocks so that the afternoons has more light and the mornings has less. This means that clocks are adjusted an hour forward near the start of spring and one hour backward in autumn.

What to do?

The night before the start of daylight savings time, set clocks forward an hour. Set clocks backward an hour the night before daylight savings time end.

Daylight saving in Australia:

New South Wales( including Australian Capital Territory), Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania adjust their clocks forward an hour on the first Sunday of October and back an hour on the first Sunday in April.

The Northen Territory and Western Australia do not change their clocks. Western Australia had daylight saving trial starting 2006 but voted against it in 2009 and thus now maintain Western Standard Time all year round.

There was much debate every year in the south-eastern corner of Queensland, particularly on the Gold Coast which straddles the border but much of the state is in the tropics where Queenslanders have no desire to adjust their clocks in order to increase the amount of daylight and hot sunlight in which they live.

NSW and Victoria:

Begins at 2 am, EST on the first Sunday in October and ends at 3 am Eastern Daylight Saving time on the first Sunday in April

Tasmania:

Starts at 2 am on the first Sunday in October and ends at 2 am on the first Sunday in April

Benefits:

1. Exploit sunlight after working hours for activities such as retailing and sports. It induces customers to shop and to participate in outdoor afternoon sports.

2. Reduce traffic fatalities.

Drawbacks:

Complicate timekeeping, disruput meetings, travel, billing, recordkeeping, medical devices, heavy equipment and sleep patterns.  

Extra information:

Daylight saving operated nationally during World War I from 1 January 1917 to 25 March 1917 and during WWII for three summers beginning on 1 January 1942.

Modern DST (Daylight Saving Time) was first proposed by George Vernon Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist in 1895.

Effects of DST on health and crime is arguable.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. ivan says:

    wow , i hate day light saving when it comes to experiment and we had to lose an hour , very devastating

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