Daylight Saving Time 2012 begins March 11. So remember to set your clocks forward one hour at 2:00 AM this Sunday. The way to remember if you set the clock forward or back is with a couple of simple phrases “Spring forward” and “Fall back”. I found the following article and thought I would share it with you.
*Daylight savings time 2012: benefits outweigh shortcomings
Daylight saving time is beginning this Sunday and people need to change their watches accordingly. Many people get confused at the beginning of daylight saving time and its end.
It is now several years when the daylight saving time was introduced in the US and despite numerous complaints from different quarters it is continuing successfully. Many say that daylight saving time saves energy in a big way notwithstanding the fact that there are several people who want to scrap this very idea of taking your watch forward and backward every now and then.
Notwithstanding the fact that it has been the butt of joke from many quarters, authorities have continued with it and it may remain a fixture for many more years to come. The idea of daylight saving time was first mooted by Benjamin Franklin. The basic idea is to make the best use of daylight hours by shifting the clock forward in the Spring and backward in the Fall. Daylight Saving Time has been in use throughout much of the United States, Canada and Europe since World War I.
The proponents of daylight saving time have said that the benefits outweigh the shortcomings and so it should be allowed to continue. With verdicts on the benefits, or costs, of daylight savings so split, it may be no surprise that the yearly time changes inspire polarized reactions. In the U.K., for instance, the Lighter Later movement—part of 10:10, a group advocating cutting carbon emissions—argues for a sort of extreme daylight savings. First, they say, move standard time forward an hour, then keep observing daylight saving time as usual—adding two hours of evening daylight to what we currently consider standard time.