Changing time, losing light

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday

November 03, 2007|By BETHANY TREMBLAY

Spring forward, fall back.

It's that time of year again, when the days get shorter and colder, and the clocks are set back one hour.

Daylight saving time ends this year at 2 a.m. Sunday, one week later than in the past.

Daylight saving time has traditionally ended on the last Sunday in October, but in 2005 Congress passed the Energy Policy Act, officially ending daylight saving time on the first Sunday in November. The act took effect this year, according to the California Energy Commission Web site.

With the exception of Arizona and Hawaii, all states observe daylight saving time.

The California Energy Commission said daylight saving time was first observed during World War I. The idea was to provide an extra hour of daylight, thus enabling people to conserve energy.


Some say the fall part of the equation means just the opposite.

"It's next week? I don't want to switch the clock back. It gets dark too early," said Cathy McCusker of Hagerstown.

Nancy Reed of Waynesboro, Pa., said she prefers the summer months, when it is still daylight when she leaves work for the day.

This time of the year, "You go to work in the dark, and you come home from work in the dark," said Lisa Eby of Williamsport.

A few of those asked did praise fall's earlier daylight benefit for children who have to wake up and wait for the bus to go to school in the morning.

Many of those approached said they did not see any major benefits to changing the clocks twice a year.

"I don't think daylight saving time has merit," Reed said, "I think it just confuses everyone."

Daylight saving time runs from March to November.

To save energy during World War I, daylight saving time was observed for seven months between 1918 and 1919, according to the California Energy Commission. The law was repealed due to unpopularity, but in 1942 World War II brought back the year-round observation of daylight saving time that lasted until 1945. The California Energy Commission Web site said that between 1945 and 1966, there were no nationwide mandates about daylight saving time.

In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, requiring the observation of daylight saving time between the last Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October. In 1986, the start date to daylight saving time was changed to the first Sunday in April, according to the California Energy Commission.

Jason Yetter of Hagerstown said he thinks daylight saving time is important because, "We need to save electricity."

Lea Ann Hudson of Hagerstown said the time change doesn't make any difference to her, and that she isn't even bothered by the earlier sunset.

"It's fine," Hudson said, "as long as I remember to do it."

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