It’s that time of the year again, time to turn the clocks once again. Remember the old adage "Spring Forward – Fall Back".
In 2007, the United States Congress passed a law changing the dates of Eastern Daylight Time….or Easter Standard Time to start at 2 am on the second Sunday of March and end at 2 am on the first Sunday of November.
Most researchers have found that due to lifestyle changes, the original goal of conserving energy no longer holds. Shifting the daylight just shifts the time that the electricity is used. Even so, in 2007, the federal government added about four extra weeks to the period of daylight-saving time.
We spring forward in late March and fall back in early November. The legislation was pushed by retailers, who felt that longer sunlight at night led to an increase in shopping.
Some have proposed just staying at daylight-saving time, and never changing the clocks. However, if we didn’t fall back, in early January, sunrise would be at 8:51 a.m.
There have been safety reasons cited for changing the clocks, however, hard evidence of a decrease or increase in crashes is hard to come by.
So remember before you go to bed Saturday night to set your clocks back one hour.