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Daylight Savings Facts

Whether you savor the extra sunlight in the summer or dread the jarring time jump, Daylight Saving Time is inevitable (at least in most parts of the country). Here are 10 things you should know before making the biannual change.

1. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS HALF JOKING WHEN HE SUGGESTED IT.

More than a century before Daylight Saving Time (DST) was adopted by any major country, Benjamin Franklin proposed a similar concept in a satirical essay. In the piece, published in 1784, he argued:

All the difficulty will be in the first two or three days; after which the reformation will be as natural and easy as the present irregularity […] Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is more than probable he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening; and, having had eight hours sleep, he will rise more willingly at four in the morning following.

In one prophetic passage, he pitched the idea as a money-saver (though at the time people would have been conserving candle wax rather than electricity). To enforce the out-there plan Franklin suggested taxing shutters, rationing candles, banning non-emergency coach travel after dark, and firing cannons at sunrise to rouse late-sleepers. While his essay clearly brought up some practical points, Franklin may have originally written it as an excuse to poke fun at the French for being lazy. He wrote that the amount of sunlight that goes wasted each morning would likely come as a shock to readers who “have never seen any signs of sunshine before noon.”

2. OFFICIAL CREDIT FOR THE IDEA GOES TO A BUG COLLECTOR.

The first serious case for DST came from a peculiar place. While working at a post office by day, an entomologist who did most of his bug hunting at night soon became frustrated by how early the sun set during the summer months. He reasoned that springing the clocks forward would allow more daylight for bug collecting—along with other evening activities. The clocks could be switched back in the winter when people (and bugs) were less likely to be found outdoors.

When the idea was proposed to a scientific society in New Zealand in 1895 it was panned for being pointless and overly complicated. Just two decades later, Daylight Saving Time would begin its spread across the developed world.

3. WWI PUSHED DAYLIGHT SAVING INTO LAW.

In 1916, Germany became the first country to officially adopt Daylight Saving Time. It was born out of an effort to conserve coal during World War I, and Britain, along with many other European nations, was quick to follow the Germans’ lead. It wasn’t until 1918 that the time change spread to the U.S. A year after entering the war, America began practicing DST as an electricity-saving measure. Most countries, including the U.S., ceased official observation of the switch following wartime. Until, that is …

4. IT GAINED RENEWED POPULARITY DURING THE ENERGY CRISIS.

The U.S. reconsidered DST in the 1970s, when, once again, the argument pivoted back to energy conservation. The oil embargo of 1973 had kicked off a nationwide energy crisis and the government was looking for ways to reduce public consumption. Daylight Saving Time was imposed in the beginning of 1974 to save energy in the winter months. Not everyone was enthusiastic about the change: Some of the harshest critics were parents suddenly forced to send their children to school before sunrise.

5. IT MAY ACTUALLY BE AN ENERGY WASTER.

Despite Daylight Saving Time’s origins as an energy saving strategy, research suggests it might actually be hurting the cause. One 2008 study conducted in Indiana found that the statewide implementation of DST two years earlier had boosted overall energy consumption by one percent. While it’s true that changing the clocks can save residents money on lighting, the cost of heating and air conditioning tends to go up. That extra hour of daylight is only beneficial when people are willing to go outside to enjoy it.

6. IT’S ALSO A HEALTH HAZARD.

Even if DST was good for your energy bill, that wouldn’t negate the adverse impact it can have on human health. Numerous studies show that the extra hour of sleep we lose by springing ahead can affect us in dangerous ways. An increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and susceptibility to illness have all been linked to the time change.

7. BUT THERE ARE SOME BENEFITS.

Though people love to complain about it, Daylight Saving Time isn’t all bad news. One notable benefit of the change is a decrease in crime. According to one study published in 2015, daily incidents of robbery dropped by seven percent following the start of DST in the spring. This number was heavily skewed by a 27 percent dip in robberies during the well-lit evening hours.

8. IT’S NOT OBSERVED NATIONWIDE.

DST has been widely accepted across the country, but it’s still not mandated by federal law. U.S. residents resistant to springing forward and falling back each year might consider moving to Arizona. The state isn’t exactly desperate for extra sunlight, so every spring they skip they time jump. This leaves the Navajo Nation, which does observe the change, in a peculiar situation. The reservation is fully located within Arizona, and the smaller Hopi reservation is fully located within the Navajo Nation. The Hopi ignores DST like the rest of Arizona, making the Navajo Nation a Daylight Saving donut of sorts suspended one hour in the future for half the year.

9. IT STARTS AT 2 A.M. FOR A REASON.

Daylight Saving Time doesn’t begin at the stroke of midnight like you might expect it to. Rather, the time change is delayed until most people (hopefully) aren’t awake to notice it. By waiting until two in the morning to give or take an hour, the idea is that most workers with early shifts will still be in bed and most bars and restaurants will already be closed.

10. THE CANDY INDUSTRY LOBBIED FOR AN EXTENSION.

Until recently, losing an hour of daylight in the fall presented a problem for the candy industry. That’s because Daylight Saving Time traditionally ended on the last Sunday in October, a.k.a. before Halloween night. Intense lobbying to push back the date went on for decades. According to one report, candy lobbyists even went so far as to place tiny candy pumpkins on the seats of everyone in the senate in 1986. A law extending DST into November finally went into effect in 2007.

Save on your Air Conditioning!

Hello residents! It has been extremely hot this summer so I wanted to talk about your air conditioning in your apartment. It is very important not to cut off your AC during the day or turn it up multiple degrees during the day while you leave the home or are at work. The reason for this is because it takes more energy, time, and causes more strain on the AC to drop the temperature back down when you return home. It is actually far more energy efficient to keep your AC at a steady level all of the time, only adjusting 1-2 degrees at a time. This will keep your apartment cooler, and should help your wallet too!

Breakfast on-the-go!

On March 27th from 7:30 am to 9 am, come and join us for breakfast on-the-go (Chick-fil-a) with State Farm.  Together we can help you with all your insurance needs and questions. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Halloween & Decorating

Halloween is upon us and I love decorating!

Chapel Walk is having a door decorating contest this month and I couldn’t be more excited to be the judge! So far I have seen some great ideas here at Chapel Walk, some scary and some not to scary and I think they’re all GREAT!

At my house when decorating for Halloween we lay graves in the yard and light up heads in the trees to scary our children as they walk by, but this year I am leaving it up to the residents here to show me how it’s done. Oh I can’t leave out the blow up jack-o-lantern.

Decorating pumpkins has always been a favorite of mine, thinking this weekend I’m going to carve a pumpkin so show off to our residents here and would love some opinions on how it looks in front of the Chapel Walk Leasing office door.

Looking forward to HALLOWEEN!!!

Beer & Bacon Fest – Cary, NC!

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If you’re looking for something to do on April 9th, look no further!  Eat.Drink.Relax is hosting a Beer and Bacon Festival in Cary, NC and it is going to be amazing!

The link to purchase tickets can be found at this link.

Here is the information they posted on their Facebook page:

APRIL 9, 2016
TOWN OF CARY’S BOOTH AMPHITHEATER
NOON – 6PM

VIP Beer & Bacon Session: Noon – 6pm
Regular Beer Tasting Session: 2pm – 6pm

75 Craft Beers
15 Restaurants
10 Varieties of Bacon From Across the US
… and lots of Piggy Love

Cary’s Porkiest Playtime Returns and this time it will be even better. The ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE extravaganza comes complete with the best craft beers for your tasting pleasure… and of course the food of the Gods: BACON.

WHAT’S COOKING…
Guests enjoy a souvenir glass plus 75+ of their favorite international beers and wines.
VIP Beer and Bacon Admission will host over 15 restaurant tasting stations (until 2pm) featuring the BEST restaurants in the Triangle. (VIP Beer & Bacon Session food tastings included, regular beer tasting session food is a la carte.)
2 tons of gourmet bacon will be griddled on-site (until 3pm).
The Main Stage will host live music all day.
A Whole Hog Butchering 101 Class will be hosted on the Main Stage at approximately 3:00 by The Butchers Market! Your neighborhood butcher shop and specialty grocer.
All of this plus fun foodie exhibits and so much more!

What’s NEW…
More Bacon. We’ve increased our samples from all the participating restaurants and will be serving up even more hot off the griddle!
The VIP Beer and Bacon Session will host more specialty beers and drinks than last year.

VIP BEER & BACON SESSION: $59 Advance
Valid Noon – 6pm. The VIP Session offers an exclusive tasting experience. Limited to 2,000 guests ONLY; each guest will enjoy 15+ restaurant tasting stations (until 2pm) and fresh griddled bacon (until 3pm), a souvenir glass and boundless portions of over 75 craft beers and wines, plus 2 extra hours of alcohol sampling and all live entertainment. These tickets are limited and will SELL OUT. Squeal like a pig!!!!!!

REGULAR BEER TASTING SESSION: $39 Advance
Valid 2pm – 6pm. Your admission includes a souvenir glass and boundless portions of over 75 craft beers and wines, and all live entertainment. Bacon/Food is a la carte.

Tips for New Residents

Welcome! We are so glad to have you at our community. Let us know if you have any questions or if there are any ways we can serve you. Please remember to break down your moving boxes when you dispose of them so there’s enough room for everyone’s trash. Welcome to our community!

Community Activities

Do you have an idea for an activity you’d like to see here? Whether it’s a game night or a walking group, let us know so we can help facilitate. We are always interested to hear your ideas about ways we can bring neighbors together for meaningful activities. We look forward to hearing from you.