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Why Daylight Saving Time?

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:19 PM

Robert continued: "DST now begins two weeks before Equinox and three weeks earlier than it did before their vote. Our children once again have to wait for the bus in the dark, and why do we need an extra hour of sunshine in the afternoons in March?"


Since 2007, Daylight Saving Time begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. Spring forward and fall back.

Clocks are set ahead one hour at 2 a.m. local standard time on the second Sunday in March, which was this past Sunday, so it becomes 3 a.m. local daylight time. On the first Sunday in November, clocks are set back an hour at 2 a.m. local daylight time, making it 1 a.m. local standard time.

These dates were established by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

According to a report from the California Energy Commission, "One of the biggest reasons we change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time (DST) is that it reportedly saves electricity. Newer studies, however, are challenging long-held reason."

The explanation in the report for DST: "In general, energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly connected to when we go to bed and when we get up. Bedtime for most of us is late evening through the year. When we go to bed, we turn off the lights and TV.

"In the average home, 25 percent of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, such as TVs, VCRs and stereos. A good percentage of energy consumed by lighting and appliances occurs in the evening when families are home. By moving the clock ahead one hour, we can cut the amount of electricity we consume each day."

Before the 2007 change, DST began on the last Sunday in April and ended on the last Sunday of October.

For information about a group that advocates ending Daylight Saving Time, CLICK HERE.

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