Clocks to spring forward...

Before turning in for the night this Saturday, March 12, Burnet County residents (especially those who don't want to be late for schedule activities the next morning) will want to see to it that they help their time-keeping devices to “spring forward” by one hour.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins officially at 2 a.m. Sunday Morning, March 13, and will mean that we lose an hour of sunlight in the morning, but gain it back in the evenings when light is enjoyed for outdoor activities.

Most electronic devices and cell phones automatically make the adjustment without their owners having to lift a finger, while other devices are just easier to change before heading to bed the night before.

The time switch will take the place of Central Standard Time (CST), beginning the 34-week DST period that won't end until Nov. 6.

A longer-daylight saving time frame was a provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 with the purpose of saving energy by substituting natural sunlight for electrical lighting.

A report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Energy has indicated extending Daylight Saving Time period equates to a total electricity savings of about 1.3 terrawatt hours. That corresponds to 0.5 percent per day of extended daylight saving time, or 0.03 percent of electricity consumption over the year.

According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the times have been altered through the years but, as of 2007, CST begins in most of the U.S. on the second Sunday in March and ends on first Sunday of November.

Not all places are forced to adjust every clock in the house twice a year. Hawaii and most of Arizona do not observe DST.


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