Only the government seems to have the power to move clocks and Sunday, March 9 is the second year the country has begun “saving time” by an additional four weeks. The move is part of an Energy Policy Act passed in 2005, designed to save on energy use by the American public.
This year, DST will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 2.
Although the federal government passed the act expecting to save an estimated 10,000 barrels of oil during the additional four weeks, a recent study shows that may not be the case. The saving was expected to be reflected in the number of hours businesses would be opened during the daylight hours, a tradition that goes back to Ben Franklin and was used during WWI and WWII.
The theory is homes and businesses will use less energy in lighting, however, a recent study indicates the move may not save anything.
Until two years ago, the state of Indiana was one of the few that did not observe DST with only 15 or its 92 county’s participating in the move. That was because farmers in the state complained about having to adjust their time and work in the dark during the early morning hours.
What does Daylight Savings Time mean to you? Find out in The Cadiz Record.