Ahh…It’s that time of year again. Spring forward, spring ahead or take a gigantic leap for that matter. Sunday, March 10th at 2:00am Eastern Time marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time(DST) 2013 and to some the end of winter(spring starts officially on Wed. March 20th). One extra hour of daylight in the evening is indeed an event to celebrate.
While most of your smart devices will recalibrate automatically, don’t forget to reset your thermostats, oven clocks, alarm clocks(unless you want to), smoke alarms, vehicle clocks, digital cameras, and watches.
What will you do with your extra hour this weekend?
Sunday, March 10th
Length of Daylight — 11 hours 43 mins 21 seconds
Enjoy every second!
Worldwide Daylight Saving
Today, approximately 70 countries utilize DST in at least a portion of the country. Japan, India, and China are the only major industrialized countries that do not observe some form of daylight saving. Learn more about the countries that observe, visit www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/g.html
Why Daylight Saving?
Daylight Saving Time has been used in the U.S. and in many European countries since World War I. At that time, in an effort to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power, Germany and Austria took time by the forelock and implemented DST in 1916. The plan was not formally adopted in the U.S. until 1918. On January 4, 1974, President Nixon signed into law the Emergency DST Energy Conservation Act of 1973. Then, beginning on January 6, 1974, implementing the Daylight Saving Time Energy Act, clocks were set ahead. Learn more about WHY, visit www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/e.html