These days, citizens of the United States has become accustomed to changing their clocks back or forth an hour to adjust to “Daylight Savings” time. However, what has gone overlooked as people fiddle with theit clocks and enjoy an extra hour of sunlight is that the whole idea began as a means to conserve resources during the war.
“War Time” Savings, as it was once called, was introduced during World War I and was implemented once again in 1942, just weeks after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and brought the United States into World War II. Its original purpose was to extend the daylight hours as a way to save fuel and resources for the civilians during the tight economic times.
It was repealed by the United States government in 1945 at the end of the war, but reinstated by Congress in 1966 when they legislated a permanent Daylight Savings time for the entire nation (with the exception of Arizona and Hawaii.)
Watch the brief history of “War Time” Savings below: