Daylight Saving Time Will Return Early Sunday Morning

Northwest Iowa — Spring is just around the corner and with all the bad winter weather we have had in northwest Iowa many people are ready for it.

On Sunday, March 12th, at 2 a.m. Daylight Saving Time will return as we “spring ahead” an hour. Why do we have Daylight Saving Time? It began during WWI to conserve fuel. Daylight Saving Time was signed into law on March 15, 1918.

In 2005 President Bush extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks to save on energy costs, though this didn’t go into effect until 2007. The idea was that people would spend more time outside when the days were longer and less time indoors using energy. A study by the US Energy Department showed that electrical energy was saved by .5% per day, which would be enough energy to power 100,000 homes.

Fire experts say when you go around your house to “spring” your clocks ahead make sure you replace your fire alarm batteries. This should be done once a year. If the fire alarm is older than 10 years the whole alarm should be replaced.

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