Keep in mind to change your clocks: Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend

Saul Bowman
March 10, 2018

The Alberta government officially scrapped a bill previous year aimed at getting rid of the semi-annual time change. The occasion is not without controversy.

Most of Indiana's clocks move ahead one hour Sunday, March 11. And the great states of Arizona and Hawaii permanently refuse to acknowledge DST.

A century later, daylight saving time (DST) is a perennial source of debate - especially in the spring when the time shift most disrupts our sleep schedules. Daylight will last longer into the evening but take an hour longer to emerge in the morning.

Benjamin Franklin did not invent daylight saving time.

It makes sense to want more daylight hours when the weather is nice and people are able to be outside and enjoy it.

A study by Laura Grant of Claremont McKenna College and Matthew Kotchen of Yale University concluded that the switch to daylight saving time actually increased energy use. Some say the extra hour in the afternoon can counter blackouts and other electrical failures that can occur later in the day. It appears the extra hour of daylight in the evening prompts people to use their cars and trucks more, increasing gasoline use as well.

Daylight-saving time was first implemented in Thunder Bay, Canada, in 1908. Cliff Pirtle to get New Mexico off Daylight Saving Time.

Hoosiers have argued over Daylight Saving Time and what time zone we should use for nearly as long as the United States has had time zones (135 years) and Daylight Saving Time (100 years). That led to widespread confusion, with one infamous example of a bus route from West Virginia to OH that included seven time changes.

In theory, we get the hour of sleep back later in the year when we revert back to standard time, but everyone knows the truth: It's another hour of sleep gone forever.

But there are moves to change that.

The whole concept of Daylight Saving Time originated in Germany to save energy during World War I. Soon after, it was adopted by the US and other sub-tropical countries as a temporary war-time measure, with American states having the option of continuing it in peace time. DST went from a way to save fuel during the war to a worldwide tradition that continued year after year. The state Senate on Wednesday voted to study the issue.

This is where it's useful to look at sunrise and sunset times over the course of a year if we ended DST. But Peeler himself offered the caveat.

What people don't like, and what doesn't make any sense, is switching back and forth.

- Some mornings, it will still be dark or close to dark at 8 a.m.

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