Daylight Saving Time 2016, when clocks spring ahead, will begin this year from March 13, Sunday.
Also known as the time we “spring ahead,” Daylight Saving Time will start at 2 a.m., Sunday. While clocks on cellphones and computers will be automatically updated, analog clocks will have to be adjusted – moving the clocks ahead by one hour – manually.
New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio says that Daylight Saving Time makes use of the daylight during evenings by moving clocks ahead by one hour during summers. The shift in time will end on November 6, Sunday, of this year.
Benjamin Franklin can be credited for this. In an article titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” published in a 1784 journal, Franklin noted how people used candles at nighttime but slept past dawn. The plan for daylight saving was implemented by the United States as a way to preserve fuel during World War I. The Uniform Time Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966.
NIST.gov notes that in 2007, the rules for Daylight Saving were changed. According to this change, enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the period of daylight saving was extended by a month; therefore, Daylight Saving now occurs for 238 days in a year (roughly 65 percent of a year). Nevertheless, the Congress reserves the right to go back to the original practice if the change proved inefficient in conserving energy.
States and territories are not required by law to change their clocks. The DST isn’t followed in Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.
One of the studies conducted regarding Daylight Saving reveals that an escalation of 5 to 7 percent in the number of fatal car accidents is observed in the three first days of the implementation of the time switch, USA Today reports. Another study shows that while daylight saving helps conserve 1 percent energy, there is an increase of 2 to 3 percent for heating and air conditioning.
“I think you should start imagining it’s Daylight Saving on Friday,” James MacFarlane of the Toronto Sleep Institute said. “Then you have two days to grow accustomed to it and you’re less likely to get into problems Monday morning.”