Daylight Saving Time Starts This Weekend

Posted On March 09, 2012

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – You might feel a little more tired than usual on Sunday as Daylight Saving Time begins.


Most Americans will spring forward, moving their clocks ahead one hour and losing an hour of sleep in the process. 


Hawaii and most of Arizona do not observe Daylight Saving Time, nor do the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands.  

Daylight Saving Time was standardized by Congress in 1966 as part of the Uniform Time Act, establishing a standard for the dates for adding and subtracting an hour. 


The recent changes to begin Daylight Saving Time in March instead of April were made to save energy. 


There are some who do not benefit from the clock change, such as farmers who rise early and have to work longer in the dark before sunrise.  


Daylight saving decreases the amount of sunlight in the morning, but allows more light to be available in the evening by moving ahead one hour. 


Fire chiefs also remind people to change their smoke alarm batteries this weekend.