Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Have you ever wondered about Daylight Savings Time? Why did it start? Why Spring and Autumn? I will attempt to answer all your questions.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) is a way to increase sunlight in the evening. So we spring ahead and fall behind. Right now my sweet dogs are waking me up earlier and earlier since they wake up with the sunrise. So I can't wait for the clocks to move ahead one hour so the mornings get darker. The US has consistently used DST since the 1970s energy crisis.

From 1987-2006 DST was the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October. Then in 2007 DST changed to the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. The reason I know this is because when our house was renovated, the contractor got our thermostat on sale. Why you ask? Because the DST change had been announced and they were selling all the old thermostats. So, our thermostat automatically changes according to the OLD DST dates. Lovely! I have to change the thermostat four times a year; the old dates when i have to change the thermostat back and the new dates when I have to manually change the thermostat.

Proponents of DST say it saves energy, promotes evening outdoor activities and good physical and psychological health. Opponents state DST has not conclusive energy savings, can disrupt morning activities, and changing the clock twice a year is socially and economically disruptive and holds no benefits.

If you live in Mountain Time, in the winter it would be MST. In the summer it would be MDT.

This weekend is Dalight Savings Time, don't forget to turn your clocks forward Saturday night.

This week San Francisco's Bay Bridge was in the news with this amazing light art fixture on the bridge. If you want to see what it looks like, Click here.

Until tomorrow...

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