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Daylight Savings Time Due to Change

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Daylight Savings Time usually means "Spring forward, Fall back," but could turn into "End of Winter Forward, Fall Back" or "Almost Spring Forward, Fall Back." The original saying is definately more catchy. Currently Daylight Savings Time occurs from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October.

There is an Energy Bill proposal that includes an ammendment to increase Daylight Savings by 4 weeks. If passed, Daylight Savings Time might occur from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November.

The Daylight Savings Time change could cause a bunch of problems for items of technology and peopole depending on them. Some devices like clocks, VCRs, and DVD recorders will still work with the old Daylight Savings Time schedule possibly making people be late and the recording of TV shows to be missed. Microsoft plans on coming out with patches for computers to work with the new schedule. Who knows what systems out there will have to be fixed for the schedule change. People have started comparing this to the Y2K problem back in 2000.

To add more complexities for companies now scurrying to update their systems and appliances with the new Daylight Savings Time schedule, the new schedule might not stay. The bill requires the Department of Energy to study the true affects of the schedule change and report back to Congress which has the power to revert the schedule. Don't cry too much for these companies because they should reap some benefits from the lazy Americans buying new appliances who need the date to change by itself.

Why should the US go through such a hassle? The House Energy and Commerce committee claims that 100,000 barrels of oil would be saved each day for the 4 extra weeks. At a time when auto gas prices are currently around $3.00 a gallon, this could mean a bunch of savings for everyone except maybe the oil companies.

Any changes would take affect the sooner of a year after the bill is passed or March 1, 2007.


Posted: August 20, 2005

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