Daylight Savings Time 2011: Spring Forward
Daylight savings time 2011 went into affect at 2 a.m. this morning. Its time to spring forward.
Time changes confuse me to no end. About 2 am this morning I looked at the clock on my computer and it said it was 3 am and I thought I had lost an hour for a few minutes. Then I remembered it was time to ‘spring forward’ and that daylight savings time 2011 had gone into affect.
The saying ‘Spring Forward, Fall Back’ is one way to remember which way we are supposed to set our clocks when the time changes in the spring and fall back and forth between daylight savings time and regular time. In the spring we lose an hour because we spring forward.
Anyway, so now I’m up all night because I’m totally confused about what time it is. But I work better in the middle of the night anyway.
Here are a few facts about why we do this time change thing twice a year.
- The idea behind daylight savings time is that we will use less energy if we take advantage of the longer daylight hours during the summer months. There is no scientific evidence to verify that this actually saves energy.
- The idea to change times seasonally was suggested by Benjamin Franklin.
- Did you know that the time zones in the United States change names during Daylight Savings Time? Eastern Standard Time (EST) becomes Eastern Daylight Time, Central Standard Time (CST) becomes Central Daylight Time (CDT), etc.
- Daylight Savings Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy by taking advantage of the extra hour of dayight between the months of April and October. The energy saved was needed for the production of the necessities of war.
- Daylight Savings time was instituted during World War II for the same reasons.
- In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time.
- The Energy Policy Act was passed in 2005 which made Daylight Savings Time four weeks longer. The change in time was extended to begin the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. This act was passed with the hope that it would save 10,000 barrels of oil each day through-out that period of time.
- There is no proof or evidence that Daylight Savings Time has been successful in saving energy.
- Arizona (except some Indian Reservations), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa do not to observe Daylight Saving Time. This choice does make sense for the areas closer to the equator because the days are more consistent in length throughout the year.
So daylight savings time 2011 is in effect. Don’t forget to spring forward and set your clocks ahead an hour!