'Spring ahead' for daylight saving time early Sunday morning

<b>'Spring ahead' for daylight saving time early Sunday morning<b/>

'Spring ahead' for daylight saving time early Sunday morning

Print
Email
|

by Associated Press and KGW.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 9 at 8:53 PM

PORTLAND — It's the weekend to spring ahead to daylight saving time.

For one night, there's the prospect of 60 fewer minutes of shut-eye, but ahead are many months with an extra hour of evening sunlight.

The official change takes place at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

"This change helps keep the hours of daylight coordinated with the time that most people are active," according to the National Institute of Standards and Measurements. "Proponents feel that this saves energy because in the spring and summer months more people may be outside in the evening and not using energy at home."

Recent studies have shown that people in Indiana may use more energy as a result of DST, and that California might benefit from moving the clocks ahead and leaving them there.

Click to see the California Energy Commission report

Not everyone in the U.S. makes the switch from standard time. The exceptions are Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.

Standard time returns this year on Nov. 3.

Click for more from NIST

Print
Email
|