On Sunday, Daylight Saving Time will end at 2am and clocks across the state will be wound back one hour, giving an extra of sleep in the morning.
Daylight Saving has been a standard American practice since the 1970’s, not to help farmers, but as a way to conserve energy. The theory behind Daylight Saving is that the extra hour of daylight in the evenings will reduce the need for inside lights and electronics.
Farmers are usually blamed for the annual change, but agricultural groups were the most formally opposed to the move when it first started as a wartime measure in 1918, since it changed the rhythms and deadlines of life on a farm.
According to a recent survey by the Rasmussen Foundation, only 37 percent of Americans say Daylight Saving is worth the hassle. Last year, it was 45 percent.
Local firefighters use the twice a year event to encourage homeowners to change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.