Daylight saving time (DST) is fast approaching on March 10 to shine an extra hour of sunlight on our days. Along with a bit of extra sun, DST springs forward questions, curiosities and sometimes grievances about its conception and purpose. Why do we observe it and how did it even start?
Germany was the first country to implement DST on a large scale in 1916, in hopes of preserving energy. The U.S. finally hopped on board two years later and enacted the first daylight saving time, along with the Standard Time Act. According to Sam Houston State University Associate Professor of History Wesley Phelps, America also had the intention of conserving energy when implementing the time change.