It has been said for quiet sometime that daylight saving causes issues. Such as. curtains fading. Chooks not laying and so on, especially north of the NSW border. But the latest myth, according to a resident of Albury, is that daylight saving is at fault for the drought. Yes you read that right.
Albury resident Chris Hill wrote to local paper and said, “When I was a kid we never had drought after drought. Then we started with daylight saving. We started with a little bit, but now we have six months of the year daylight saving. It has become too much for the environment to handle.”
He then went on to say, “it is so logical, for six months of the year we have an extra hour each day of that hot afternoon sun”. He finished up with. “ why can't the Government get the CSIRO to do studies on this, or better still, get rid of daylight savings. They have to do something.”
The only issue with daylight saving is you end up having dinner later. Or, kids come inside later for their bath/shower and bed time.
So why is it that we have daylight saving? Glad you asked. It was introduced originally in Germany in 1916 to save fuel during WW1. Tasmania was the first of Australian states to move to clock changing in 1968. The rest of Australia trialed it in 1971, with WA, the NT and Queensland dumping it in 1972. NSW put it to vote in 1976 to adopt it permanently. The only real benefit is the extra sunlight in the evening instead of the morning. It is also believed that it was introduced for childrens safety when heading off to school in the mornings, So it isn't dark. Though I didn't find anything to back this long held theory.
So in the end. It was voted, and I for one love it. There are farmers I am sure who still do not look forward to the time changes. There will also, always be people who have some hair brain ideas on what changing the clocks does to curtains and the climate as well.
Are you a fan of daylight saving?