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Is Daylight Saving Time Still Necessary?

Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday at 2 a.m.

It’s time to spring ahead again! Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday at 2 a.m., so don’t forget to set clocks ahead one hour. It’s the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring!

Did you know?

  • Even though a good majority of people say “Daylight Savings Time,” the correct term is “Daylight Saving Time,” according to TimeandDate.com.
  • Two U.S. states, including Arizona and Hawaii, don’t observe Daylight Saving Time. The same goes for American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all U.S. territories.
  • Benjamin Franklin was the first American who advocated for Daylight Saving Time when he realized in 1784 that while people burned more candles at night during the summer, many slept past dawn. His plan would literally “save daylight.”
  • Daylight Saving Time was officially proposed in 1895 as a way to cut back on the need for candles and other light artificial lights during the summer months.
  • Though it’s still in effect in most U.S. states, many experts say it’s no longer necessary. National Geographic reported in December that several studies in recent years prove that Daylight Saving Time doesn’t actually save energy—and it might even result in an energy loss in the long run.

Do you think Daylight Saving Time is still necessary? 

Lou Malnassy March 10, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Even if it isn't "necessary," around Eureka the sun woulld rise at about 4:45 a.m. Central Standard Time in the middle of summer. I don't need daylight that early, so what's wrong with moving the clock?
Kathy Freemann March 10, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I think we should have it the entire year. Necessary or not, we love it.
Chris Weber March 11, 2012 at 04:36 AM
I like the psychological boost of having more sunlight after getting off work. I am glad they lengthened the duration of it.

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