Daylight Saving Time: Get Ready to Set Your Clock

By on Mar 13, 2011 in Announcement, Current Events, Science, World Comments

Daylight Saving Time
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Daylight Saving Time (DST) 2011 is again ticking, thus you need to set your clocks an hour ahead. DST officially starts at 2 am, March 13 and ends in November 6 at 2 am. This is according to set international timelines, March 12, 2011.

For most people, the terms “spring forward and fall back” are easier ways to remember the time changes. Just before spring arrives, people move their clocks an hour forward and “fall back” again at 2 am of November 6. However, not all states observe the daylight saving time. Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not take part with the time change because the days are more consistent in length when states are closer to the equator.

Benjamin Franklin conceptualized the idea on time change several decades before it was practiced during the World War I. But after the war, it was repealed. It was only during the WWII that people adapted the daylight saving time again. However, the differences in the start and end of the time changes further made confusion. Thus, in 1966, the Congress enacted the Uniform Time Act to unify the different states about the DST adaption. Aside from the US, Canada and Europe also follow the daylight saving time.

The DST starts at 2 am because it has the least disruption in the schedule. After all, most people are asleep during the time and thus, there is little confusion about it.

The eight months duration of the daylight savings time enable people to conserve energy and take advantage of the longer daylight. Although the main goal is to conserve about millions of barrels of oil per day, the extent of benefits cannot be fully estimated. Some even argue that the time changes do not meet its intended goal of saving energy but instead affects the body’s biological clock.

But until majority of the world follows the Daylight Saving Time, people are encouraged to change their time correctly to avoid losing track of time.

 



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