Remember to set clocks forward

March 9, 2012

Saturday night when you lay down, after this long weekend, make sure to set your clocks one hour forward for Daylight Savings Time.

Rattlesnake Round-up weekend is full of fun and excitement, which can leave residents a little worn out. The Monday after it may seem a little harder to wake up, but to make matters worse, this weekend is the beginning of daylight saving time.
Saturday night when you lay down, after this long weekend, make sure to set your clocks one hour forward.
Despite all the controversy over the years, daylight saving time is something that we deal with twice a year. Depending on what origin you follow, depends on which reason you get for having this time change. The reasons range from providing safety for trick-or-treaters to saving energy. There are some that believe energy is saved during the summer time, due to daylight savings time, according to the Daylight Saving Time Web site. There is some research that has proven this theory, but there are still those that don't fully follow this. This year will be the test of another theory, which includes a higher voter turnout rate. Due to a law that was passed in 2007, daylight saving time is extended to include election day. The theory is that it will encourage more people to vote, if there is still daylight after they get off of work.
Every year, on the second Monday in March, the United States begins daylight saving time. Standard time begins in November. According to your time zone, depends on when you are changing clocks. Clocks are changed at 2 a.m. to lessen the amount of disruption it might cause. Most people are in bed at this hour and the flow of the day is less effected. In changing clocks at this hour, it prevents the days from switching, which could bring even more confusion.
There are some areas that do not observe daylight saving time, such as Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Arizona.
Daylight Saving Time has not only has its own history, but it has become a part of certain stories in history. During the Vietnam War, one man was able to avoid the draft due to his time of birth. He was born in standard time, in Delaware and therefore was classified born on a day with a higher draft lottery number. Due to this loophole that he argued, he was able to not be drafted, according to the Daylight Saving Time Web site.
Despite the funny stories and some sad stories, the main reason behind the time change was to ensure better use of the daylight. The time change is supposed to allow an hour more of sunlight to be used. Only those living near the equator experience night and days that are almost the same length.
Benjamin Franklin was the one credited with the idea of daylight saving time. The idea is said to be part of his essay, " An Economical Project." William Willett is the first one to verbally express the idea. His idea was to advance the clocks by 20 minutes on each Sunday in April and repeating the process, but turning clocks back in September.
No matter what theory you choose to believe or if you prefer to not agree with daylight saving time, the fact of the matter seems clear; you are given an extra hour of sunlight — might as well enjoy it.

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