Each Spring, regions around the world adjust the clocks to move one hour ahead. This contributes to more sunlight to the evening hours and, theoretically, helps conserve energy.
Daylight Savings time (DST) was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, who felt it would increase productivity in the evening by increasing the hours of sunlight in the warmer months. Franklin also felt this would save on candles, among other energy used to light areas once the sun had set.
Some people, have mistakenly thought that DST was created to benefit the farmer. But no studies have proven that more sunlight in the evening positively affects a farmer's schedule or the growing cycle of crops.
DST also doesn't have too great an impact on energy conservation. Many studies have shown little to no energy savings from having more sunshine in the evening. That is because even if the lights are turned off, other things are turned on, such as air conditioners etc.
Either way we like it! So don't forget, turn your clocks forward. DST takes effect at 2 a.m. Sunday March 13. Turn your clock forward one hour to 3 a.m. This was an excerpt from an article in Livingston Press and Argus.
Sunny days ahead!