The History of Daylight Savings and its Importance

Find out how daylight savings came to be, and what makes it so important.

Daylight savings is coming up in just a few weeks. It impacts people all across the country. But many don’t actually know why we do it, and the history behind it.

Many people just see it as an inconvenience that we’re faced with twice a year with setting the clocks back an hour and losing sleep because of it. But in actuality, it is a lot more important for our lives than just an occasional annoyance. So here’s why daylight savings is so important to do twice a year.

According to, the first country to use daylight savings was Canada in 1908, when Ontario first started using it. Other provinces started using it in 194, and then Europe followed in 1916. Ever since then, the amount of countries to use daylight savings has grown to over 70. This includes a population of over 1 billion people.

So why do we use daylight savings? Why is it so important? Well, according to, it is to save an extra hour for people to work a little longer during the daytime. This also reduces fuel consumption and the need for extra electricity for lighting.

This has been especially helpful in the winter because it makes use of the shortened sunlight hours that otherwise wouldn’t be available. It basically allows people to be able to work more efficiently during hours that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

This has effects on students at Dunbar too. While it does force them to lose an hour of sleep, it gives them an extra hour of daylight for sports, clubs, or other after-school activities that are beneficial for them. So while you may lose an hour of sleep, you have extra hours of daylight to do things that you normally wouldn’t be able to do that can benefit you overall.

So even though it may be a little bit of an inconvenience, daylight savings is an important occurrence that people should learn more about, because it helps save time that may otherwise be lost. Hopefully this answers any questions that you had about daylight savings.