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Turn the clocks forward this weekend

Turn the clocks forward this weekend

Daylight Saving Time was designed with the goal of saving energy on illumination, so it's a good reminder to see if there are ways that your lights can be more energy efficient. "Frequent and uncoordinated time changes cause confusion, undermining economic efficiency". Most clocks, such as those on cell phones and computers will update automatically overnight, moving forward from 2am to 3am. The time change moves more daylight into the evening hours, so you won't have to drive home in the dark and will likely have more time to complete outdoor chores. Neither does American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

When the clocks went back in October we gained an extra hour of sleep - unfortunately, this means that when we revert to BST at 1am on March 26 we will lose an hour.

In Ontario, since the spring of 2007, Daylight Saving Time has begun on the second Sunday of March and ended on the first Sunday in November.


It probably goes without say that the end of Daylight Saving Time, in the fall, which means an extra hour to sleep (or, I suppose, do something productive), is a bit more universally appreciated. Or, lawmakers could vote to get rid of DST altogether and keep the state in the Pacific time zone all year-round. Although energy consumption for lighting dropped as a result of the DST adoption, consumption for heating and cooling increased by 2 to 4 percent. The dates of Daylight Saving Time were altered several times in the US until the current ones were set in 2007.

DST is Singular Not PluralBy the way, it's "daylight saving time", not "daylight savings time".

In 1916 Germany became the first country to implement the practice of setting clocks ahead one hour for the objective of decreasing the amount of electricity used by civilians in order that fuel might be in abundant supply for the military.