Set your clocks forward tomorrow

March 7, 2009

By Staff

NEW — Noon March 7, 2009

Prepare to spring forward: Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Set your clocks one hour ahead before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices will make the adjustment automatically.

The time change also serves as a reminder to change your smoke alarm batteries. Public safety experts recommend changing your batteries once a year and testing smoke detectors monthly. Most battery-powered smoke detectors will chirp as the battery weakens.

For the third year, clocks will be turned ahead a month earlier than in the past. The daylight saving shift is a result of the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, which lengthened the traditional spring-to-fall period. Whether the measure saves energy by making it appear as though the sun shines later in the day, however, is debated.

During daylight saving time, or DST as it’s now known, the sun appears to rise an hour later in the morning and set an hour later in the evening, seemingly stretching the day.

Daylight saving time lasts until Nov. 1.

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