Daylight Savings Begins This Sunday
March 3, 2008 at 7:30 AM (PT)
Unless you enjoy being teased -- or late for your airshift -- mark this SUNDAY, MARCH 9th on your calendar so you don't forget to change your clocks the night before. MARCH 9th marks the beginning of daylight savings time. This is the second year that adds four weeks of "spring forward" time. It's because of the Energy Policy Act passed by Congress three years ago.
Legislators intended the four extra weeks to save about 280,000 barrels of oil -- 10,000 each day. The change takes daylight-saving time up to NOVEMBER 2nd.
The spring/fall time change began during World War I, put into effect to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between APRIL and OCTOBER. It was reinstituted during World War II for the same reason.
Time officially changes at 2a., the hour chosen because it seemed least interruptive to schedules.