Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

November 2, 2013

Turn clocks back Saturday night

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — People should set their clocks back an hour tonight, as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.

The “spring forward” and “fall back” practice was first implemented to save energy and make use of more daylight.

Founding Father Benjamin Franklin endorsed the time change to save money on candles. The practice came back in World War I to save on coal.

Since World War II, daylight saving time has became common practice across the world. Some 70 countries now participate, including the U.S., although Arizona and Hawaii have opted out.

It’s been shown in studies however, that daylight saving does little to save on energy. Energy saved on lighting in the summer months is canceled out by increased use of heating and air conditioning.