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Turn those clocks ahead this weekend

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Don’t forget to “spring forward” overnight Saturday or you might find yourself late to church Sunday morning.

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, when an hour of sunlight “moves” from the morning to the evening, giving Henry County residents a little more time after work to enjoy the areas many trails and outdoor amenities.

The entire Hoosier State started practicing Daylight Saving Time (DST) in 2006, leaving Hawaii and most of Arizona as the only parts of the Union that don’t mess with their clocks twice a year.

Florida lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to end the practice altogether. If it becomes law – and if the U.S. Congress plays along – Floridians would have late sunsets all year round.

Some people question turning forward and subsequently turning back the nation’s timepieces.

One argument for DST was that extra evening daylight hours may lower electricity consumption because of the delayed need for lighting.

The U.S. Department of Energy told Congress in 2008 that there was a slight measurable increase in energy savings.

The National Bureau of Economic Research completed a study that year called “Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? However, evidence from a “natural experiment in Indiana” found that “contrary to the policy’s intent, DST increases residential electricity demand.”

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study two decades ago that suggested the springing forward and falling back of America’s clocks can raise the risk of accidents by sleep-deprived motorists.

For better or for worse, turn the clock ahead before hitting the hay Saturday night, or don’t forget to do as soon as you get out of bed Sunday morning.