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Daylight Saving This Weekend

But why do we do it?

On Saturday night, (or technically Sunday morning), Daylight Saving Time will be upon us in Santa Clarita and most of the United States.

At 2:00 a.m. March 8th, we will turn our clocks 1 hour forward, thus losing an hour of sleep. The result will be longer daylight hours, where the sun will keep the evenings bright until 6:00 or 7:00 p.m.

The reasons for moving our clocks forward and backward at various times throughout the year is essentially the same now as it was when the idea was crafted; economy.

Romans used the sun’s timing to outline their calendars. Benjamin Franklin recommended that the French save candles by waking up earlier in the morning and making use of the daylight hours. William Willett, a prominent English outdoorsman also despised the fact that so many others wasted early morning daylight, and pushed for countries to adopt some form of clock manipulation. Between 1913 and 1918 most major world countries had finally come around.

Aside from creating more playtime for school-aged children and sportspersons during the summer, the extra hour each day means that residents will be keeping house and office lights on less, thereby decreasing energy consumption.

Additionally, a major sector of our economy also shows a marked increase when the days are longer. In a 1984 Fortune magazine article, it was estimated that a seven-week extension of Daylight Saving Time would result in an additional $30 million for 7-Eleven stores and that golf industry revenues would jump up by $100 million.

Not surprisingly, in 2005, the Energy Policy Act increased the U.S. Daylight Saving Time by one full month, having it begin two weeks earlier and end two weeks later. That change took affect in 2007.

Daylight Saving This Weekend

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