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March 7, 2017 > Daylight Saving time begins March 12

Daylight Saving time begins March 12

Extra sunlight is coming your way! Daylight Saving Time (DST) kicks in at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12, and while initially you lose one hour of time, youÕll gain longer daylight in the evenings as spring approaches.

Benjamin Franklin is credited with the DST plan, believing that altering time twice a year would cause better use of daylight hours and save on oil used to light winter nights. The plan went into effect in 1918 under U.S. federal law, but states had the option to observe it or not. During World War II daylight saving time was mandatory for the entire country in order to save resources. When the war ended, the time change went back to being optional, and several states and U.S. territories currently choose to ignore it, including Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Remember to Òspring forwardÓ and move clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, March 11 and wake up Sunday to the promise of brighter evenings.

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