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Set your clock ahead and change batteries

Staff Report • Mar 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Don’t forget to “spring forward” tonight before going to bed. Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday and ends Nov. 3.

Since its very beginning, Americans have had mixed feelings about daylight saving time. Lovers of the outdoors welcome it since it gives them a few extra daylight hours for work and play.

Parents and farmers, however, have problems with daylight saving time. Some farmers believe the additional daylight hours limit egg and milk production, and parents complain their children are forced to begin their school day in the dark.

Even so, many experts say daylight saving time has been a bright idea for curtailing energy use in the United States. The additional hour of sunlight has helped Americans save on their electrical bills. The idea is simple: If there is light outdoors, there are fewer lights turned on inside homes across this country.

Extending daylight saving time in 2007 is one of only a few true conservation measures approved by Congress in recent years. It’s an important and practical approach to curbing this nation’s energy costs. Daylight savings has helped Americans save an energy equivalent of thousands of barrels of oil a day.

In addition to saving energy, daylight saving time has also helped to save thousands of lives each year. Daylight saving time has become a time for replacing batteries in smoke detectors in the home. Firefighters say having a properly functioning smoke detector in the home more than doubles a person’s chances of surviving a house fire.

So don’t forget to set your clocks an hour ahead and change the batteries in your smoke detectors before turning in tonight.

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