It’s time to turn the clocks forward or “spring forward” an hour for daylight-saving time, which will officially start on Sunday at 2 a.m.
This might seem a bit early to “spring forward” since Spring officially does not even begin until 11 days later, on March 20, but DST was moved ahead beginning in 2007, extending it for one month to begin for most in the U.S. on the second Sunday in March.
Daylight-saving time will last until the first Sunday in November when the “fall back” to regular time occurs.
With DST, it will start getting dark an hour later now, currently between 6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Daylight-saving time “makes” the sun “set” one hour later and therefore reduces the period between sunset and bedtime by one hour.
This means that less electricity would be used for lighting and appliances late in the day and energy will be saved, the whole purpose of DST.
Studies done in the 1970s by the U.S. Department of Transportation show that the entire country’s electricity usage is trimmed by about one percent each day with Daylight Saving Time.
However, issues have surfaced where during winter months the sun goes down early before many workers leave their jobs for the day.
As a reaction to differences over daylight-saving time, a bill pending in the Tennessee legislature would have the state adopt a uniform time system.
The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville, would take effect in July if passed, and so would make daylight saving time permanent in Tennessee. The state currently moves clocks forward an hour each spring and back an hour each fall.
Todd told the Knoxville News Sentinel that he thinks the bill would have only positive effects.
“It will be great for the farmers. It will be great for the school kids,” Todd said. “I’ve talked to many businesses and folks across the state about this and I’ve not got one negative comment about this bill.”
Although a couple of lawmakers expressed reservations about the change last week, the bill passed out of subcommittee with only two no votes.
Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, voted against it after expressing concerns that having a time difference with neighboring states could lead to a negative impact on commerce. Rep. Johnny Shaw, D-Bolivar, said he wanted more time to review impacts of the potential change.
It is scheduled for a vote this week in the House State Government Committee.
And, while changing your clocks, firemen advise changing the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
The following facts — DST is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and by most of Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona).
Indiana, which used to be split with a portion of the state observing DST and the other half not, is now whole. In the past, counties in the Eastern Time Zone portion of the state did not observe DST.
They were on standard time year round.
A state law was passed in 2005 that has the entire state of Indiana observing DST beginning in April 2006.
Indiana isn’t the only state that wanted to change daylight saving time.
California asked for federal “approval” to move to a “year-round” daylight-saving time in 2001-2002 because of its energy crisis.