Daylight saving time starts this weekend


Americans will be getting an extra hour of sunlight when daylight saving time starts Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 a.m.

Florida is poised to remain on Daylight Savings Time year around, ending the practice of twice-yearly clock changes in the Sunshine State, reported.

That means the debate is underway once again, with inquiring minds asking: Why do we tinker with our clocks every year, anyway? The bill now heads to the house.

Why was Daylight Saving Time Created?

Smartphones are programmed to adjust automatically to DST's beginning and end, but many watches and clocks must be reset manually. The state would then have to get approval from the U.S. Congress to make the change from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time year round, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Whether to observe daylight saving time is purely a state matter, so how a state determines that - through law, resolution, or executive order - is up to the state.

Lawmakers in Florida are exhausted of the whole "fall back" and "spring forward" rigamarole. The time shift, which is regulated now by the U.S. Department of Transportation, happens on the second Sunday in March and will end - or "fall back" as its commonly referred to - on the first Sunday in November.

Shortly after the Senate limited which teachers would be allowed to be armed, the governor's office called the move "a step in the right direction", but by Tuesday night, Scott's office had restated his opposition.

The concept of Daylight Saving Time was brought in by Benjamin Franklin to extend the days during the warmer summer months.

Two states that don't observe daylight saving time are Arizona and Hawaii.

Daylight Savings Time actually started in Europe during World War I as a way to economize fuel usage. In Arizona, observing DST would mean using cooling systems for an extra hour and thus using more energy, defeating the objective. Also, according to USA Today, 26 states contemplated making it permanent a year ago.

A helpful way to remember whether to set our clocks ahead or behind one hour during the Daylight Saving Time change for Spring 2018 is to "Fall Back" and "Spring Ahead".

There may be some benefits to the time change, however.