The truth about whether we really need daylight saving time


By Nicholas Cardona, Buzz60

It happens every year. We all complain about it. And almost everything you've been told about it is wrong.

It's daylight saving time, when you are supposed to move your clocks forward this time of year.

This annual ritual, where you spend half of a day not knowing what time it is, has been around for a while.

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The idea was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. It was first implemented the U.S. in 1918 with the idea of saving fuel and money.

Daylight saving time doesn't save energy.

The National Bureau of Standards say it has no effect at all on our electricity usage. In fact it may actually go up

A study in 2011 even found after some Indiana counties began started to observe daylight saving time, electricity usage actually went up almost 4%.

One other thing! It's daylight saving time, not daylight savings time. No 's'.

Daylight saving time starts at 2:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Sunday, March 12, 2017. You can set your clock forward one hour to 3:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). editors contributed to this report.