Prepare To Turn Back Your Clocks (read it on huffingtonpost.com)
Why Read It? Because the biannual changing of the clocks is upon us.
- The switch will take place this Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 a.m. It's going to be a good day for sleeping in.
- The change should take place automatically for most with smartphones, laptops and tablets. Make sure you have the "set automatically" feature enabled in your date and time settings.
- Not everyone will receive an additional hour of sleep this week. Residents in Arizona and Hawaii, for example, do not take part in the time change.
Daylight Saving Time: Why? (read it on nationalgeographic.com)
Why Read It? Advocates of daylight saving time have argued that, energy savings or no, the practice boosts health by encouraging active lifestyles.
- Benjamin Franklin was apparently the first person to suggest the concept of daylight saving time in the 18th century. But, it wasn't until World War I that daylight savings were realized on a grand scale when Germany became the first state to adopt time changes to reduce artificial lighting and thereby save coal for the war effort.
- In the U.S. a federal law standardized the yearly start and end of daylight saving time in 1918 - for the states that chose to observe it. However, several recent studies have suggested that daylight saving time doesn't actually save energy - and might even result in a net loss.
"California appears to benefit most from daylight saving time - perhaps because its relatively mild weather encourages people to stay outdoors later. The Energy Department report found that DST resulted in an energy savings of one percent daily in the state."
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