Spring Forward

It is time to Spring Forward! Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts Sunday, March 12th (2:00 am to be exact). Be sure to set your manual clocks ahead by one hour on Saturday night. It is much less of a hassle these days, as computers, phones, DVRs, etc. reset the time automatically.

Why We Spring Forward?

The time change moves more daylight into the evening hours. The idea of DST traces its roots back to Benjamin Franklin who was trying to figure out a way to use less candles. The actual time change was first used in World War I in an effort to conserve energy (longer daylight hours meant less fuel burned for lamps.)

DST was reintroduced during World War II and reinstated in the U.S. in 1942. In 1966, Congress passed the time act making DST a nationwide practice but allowing states to opt out.  The dates of Daylight Saving Time have been altered several times, however, the current ones were set in 2007.

Fun Facts about Daylight Saving Time

  1. The name is Daylight Saving Time – not Daylight Saving’s Time or Daylight Savings Times.
  2. More than 70 countries and one-fifth of the world’s population follow DST.
  3. Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that don’t observe DST. Neither do China, India or Japan.
  4. Clocks will change back on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
  5. Daylight Saving Time is a good time to check – and if needed change – the batteries in your smoke detectors around the house.

Whether you love or hate DST,  the 1st day of the commute is usually tough. Be careful driving to work or school Monday morning, turn on your lights  and always, always please do NOT litter!

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