PUERTO RICO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
DOES PUERTO RICO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME EXIST?
Puerto Rico does NOT have daylight savings time. DOES NOT! In 2000, Puerto Rican governor signed a bill to create a daylight saving time. BUT when another Governor came into office, he revoked the policy because people didn't think the policy would actually lower energy costs or provide economic stimulus. Which, oddly enough, was why the United States enacted the policy in the first place!
Some interesting facts about daylight savings time:
- Daylight savings time initially began in the United States as part of a war effort during World War I in an attempt to save energy that would otherwise be used burning coal for light. For some reason, we've just kept up the habit!
- Some businesses gain by this policy and others lose! Golf courses and other businesses that rely on daylight outside to function tend to thrive when there is more daylight. However, businesses like television companies lose money because people tend to stop being outside when the sunsets. If the sun sets at 7pm, then people may come inside and start watching TV at 7pm. BUT if the sun sets at 8pm then people may start watching TV later which leads to less advertising revenue.
- Criminals hate daylight savings time! Imagine trying to sneak into a house. Would you rather have the cover of darkness or be exposed by sunlight?!