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Daylight Saving Time and An Energy Study
March 7, 2008, 10:52 am
Filed under: Winter | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Yes, it is time once again to set the clocks ahead.  We are springing forward time, for darker mornings, and lighter late afternoons.  This is the true vision of summer months to come.  And if you live in the northern half of the U.S. you know what I’m saying, loud and clear.

Does it seem that daylight saving time has gotten shorter?  I mean, does it seem like the time between “Fall”ing back and “Spring”ing forward has gotten a lot shorter?

If you think it has, then you’re right.  On August 8th, 2005 President George Bush signed the Energy Policy Act that actually changed the dates on which we change our clocks.  This is supposed to help save energy for Americans.  The data is being tracked by The Secretary of Energy.  After the study is completed, congress has the right to keep the new DST hours.   In 2004 DST started April 4th and ended October 30th, this year it starts March 9th and ends November 2nd.  Daylight Saving Time has actually gotten longer, but the time in between has gotten shorter.

So don’t forget to set those clocks ahead at 2am Sunday morning.  Lose an hour of sleep to gain an hour of sunshine.  Seems a fair trade.

Don’t want to set your clocks ahead or back?  No problem.  Get one of these:

Sundial

and you won’t have to.  Unless you can find a way to.  If you do, let me be the first to know.

As always, Art.

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Although I will miss that hour of sleep, Daylight Saving Time is a sure sign that Spring is almost here (March 20th is the first official day of Spring btw). In the north, we certainly deserve good weather. This winter has been rough. More sunlight will definitely make a difference.

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