Daylight Saving Time

12 03 2010

It’s that time again, folks! Daylight saving time is going to begin this weekend. How do you handle DST? Do you change your clocks before you go to bed Saturday night? So you change them when you wake up in the morning? Do you change them straight up midnight? Well, technically, daylight saving time begins at 2am on the second Sunday in March. I know probably everyone is excited about having more daylight hours. I am, and so is my dog. She’ll be very happy that our walks or jogs in the evening can be extended. But ever think about the other effects of DST? Well, first of all, we can utilize more daylight, and less energy to light our homes. In fact, this is why DST was initiated in the United States. I was curious so I decided to look up the history of DST and found information here. According to this article, DST began as a way to conserve energy for war production during WW II. Then in 2007, they extended DST by 4 weeks as a part of the Energy Policy Act. Who knows if it actually worked? I know there are a few parts of the US that do not observe DST. Such as Arizona and Hawaii. Why is that? Why are they so against DST? Can I decide not to observe DST? Who makes that decision? I have more questions than answers about daylight saving time. Anyway, don’t forget to change you clocks Sunday at 2am….every single one of them. That’s the only irritating part about it. How many clocks do you have in your house? More than you think, I bet!

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