Daylight Saving: Do You Really Save?

RENO, NV - Daylight Saving is almost over, which means you get an extra hour of sleep this weekend. It was adopted in the United States in 1966 to help us save energy and take advantage of dwindling winter daylight. For many, resetting our clocks twice a year is just a hassle, and it begs the question, is it really that important?

Changing clocks has had a bumpy history in the U.S. While most people remember the "fall back and spring forward" saying, it's still easy to forget when exactly to do it. It's not mandatory that all states comply with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. In fact, Arizona and Hawaii are the only states in the U.S. that don't. Experts are saying, it's not only daylight we'll be saving.

"I totally do not like Daylight Savings; I think it's a waste of time," a man from Reno said.

"In some places it's a really good thing it really makes a big difference, but in others it's hard, it's just a minor pain in the neck," a Southern California man said.

It seems simple to wake up when the sun rises, and go to bed when the sun sets, but that can get confusing when you have to change your alarm clock twice a year.

"It just jumbles everything up. I don't believe we need it for farmers anymore; everything is engineered to do it for them," a Nevada man said. "I think it would be more convenient to have it stay the same all the time."

It's meant to save us energy by taking advantage of daylight in the morning and lighter evenings in the summer, but experts say it doesn't save us any money or energy.

"We actually use more energy so there is no fiscal savings that way," Fred Lokken, political science professor from TMCC. "We see a greater impact of hydrocarbons so we actually get more pollution because of daylight savings time."

Some studies show those costs are offset by the use of air conditioners in warmer seasons, but it's not all bad news; businesses are benefiting.

"People who go out and eat: fast food benefits and those who keep shops open until 9 or 10, so there is an economic stake that way," he added. If you didn't have daylight saving time, they would see less economic activity."

Daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November at 2 a.m. local time.

It might seem like a burden to change that clock, but people around the world agree it's worth the longer days.

"The entire industrial world is on it, I think that says something."

This is also a good time to put fresh batteries in your smoke detectors. While Nevada still uses daylight saving, the good news is, you do get an extra hour of sleep this Sunday.


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