Whose Idea Was Daylight Saving Time, Anyway?!

Kayla Palesky About The Author

Thu, Mar 07, 2019 @ 08:07 PM

Eagle Express, One Hour Deliveries

“You know how there are 24 hours in a day? Every spring, just for fun, let’s take away one of those hours! We’ll give it back later.”


This is how we imagine the conversation began regarding the inception of Daylight Saving. Of course, our one hour deliveries team knows that it probably was a little more involved than this. After all, we know how much a difference on hour can make, especially when it comes to your ultra-sensitive legal documents, lifesaving medical specimens, and refrigerated food distribution deliveries.


One hour can mean the difference between sealing a deal with a customer and losing it. Or showing up to surgery with a viable organ or a deteriorated one. Making it to an important deadline or blowing it.


“Just” one hour is a really big deal! So why take it away during Daylight Saving, which, incidentally, begins this Sunday, March 10,  at 2 AM? There’s no one better than our DFW one hour deliveries team to explore that question.


Daylight Saving got its start way back in the early 1900s during WWI. In an effort to save energy during wartime, Germany created the concept of setting the clock forward in April and returning back in October. Folks had more time to work during daylight, and as a result they used less energy during nighttime hours.


Many European countries thought this idea was brilliant. Austria, Norway, Britain, and many others followed suit just a few years later. The United States adopted this concept in 1918. After the war ended, though, the option was left to the individual states, many of whom went back to normal time due to Daylight Saving’s unpopularity.


During WWII, though, Roosevelt established “War Time”, which was essentially perpetual Daylight Saving from February 1942 to September 1945. Once the war was over, the observance of Daylight Saving was once again up to the individual states. At one point in Fort Collins, CO, a city who observed DST, it was one hour different than Denver, a city one hour away who did not observe DST. Confused yet? Us too.


Thankfully, the madness ended (or did it just begin?) in 1966. Congress established the Uniform Time Act of 1966. This said that every state, within their specific time zones, would start and end Daylight Saving on a specific day and time. This excluded states who wished to remain on standard time year round, such as Arizona.


Since then, there have been a few changes to DST, but, for the most part, we can expect every spring to “spring ahead” and every fall to “fall back” an hour. Does it do any good? The jury is still out. Energy consumption hasn’t shown significant changes resulting from manipulating our clocks every year. Except, of course, the energy we spend trying to get children and animals to sleep a whole hour earlier, only to return them back to their original sleep schedules.


Thankfully, even if our nation thinks it’s ok to give up an hour, our one hour deliveries team is here for you to help you get that hour of time back. While we can’t exactly change the clock, we can make your speedy deliveries throughout DFW on your behalf.


Whether you have one envelope or pallets of product to move, Eagle Express has someone available for you at any time of day or night, to move items within the hour. If you have a little extra time, and want to make a more economical choice in delivery options, we also offer 2, 3, and 4 hour delivery timeframes, as well as scheduled route deliveries.


Don’t waste another minute! After all, in a few days, you’ll lose 60 of them. Contact Eagle Express today to get started moving your time and temperature sensitive goods throughout DFW and beyond.