How did Daylight Saving actually start?

How did Daylight Saving start?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – There is no doubt Daylight Saving Time is a subject many people have their own opinions on, especially as we prepare to turn the clocks back Sunday.

There are many facts and theories as to how Daylight Saving (yes, it’s “saving,” not “savings”) started. At some point, you may have even heard it was created for farmers.

For farmers like Danny Carpenter, Daylight Saving is useless.

"Daylight saving time as a farmer, no it doesn't affect us as much,” Carpenter said.

According to National Geographic, many farmers are opposed to Daylight Saving as it disrupts their schedules. Livestock also do not adapt easily to the change.

So why do we have Daylight Saving? It just depends on who you ask.

Some say Benjamin Franklin invented it when he proposed a change in sleep schedules to reduce cost of light in 1784. Others say it was created to reduce energy costs.

But regardless of theories, Carpenter said Daylight Saving does have its benefits.

"I look forward of it. After working through the summer you definitely want to enjoy the fall and you get an extra hour of sleep,” he said.

For now, we will just have to continue to fall back and spring forward. Daylight Saving ends this Sunday, so don't forget to turn back your clocks one hour at 2 a.m.

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