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British Summertime (Clocks)
Not sure what happens in the states but do you change your clocks at all during the year? Here in the uk we change our clocks twice in a year we put our time forward by 1 hour in March and then back an hour in October. This is done so we can get the most out of daylight hours.

Tonight well at 2am on the 25th March our clocks will jump to 3am and we will lose an hour.
03-24-2012 05:35 PM
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(03-24-2012 05:35 PM)Gazby Wrote:  Not sure what happens in the states but do you change your clocks at all during the year? Here in the uk we change our clocks twice in a year we put our time forward by 1 hour in March and then back an hour in October. This is done so we can get the most out of daylight hours.

Tonight well at 2am on the 25th March our clocks will jump to 3am and we will lose an hour.

For those portions of the US who observe our version of British Summertime, we have had a 2 week head start.

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Used to be that UK started DST before the US, but ended at the same time? We used do first Sunday in April to Last Sunday in October. While the UK is last Sunday in March to Last Sunday in October.

But, due to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the US switched to second Sunday in March to First Sunday in November.

The GIST was that in 1974/1975 after the 1973 Oil Embargo....lengthening DST saved the equivalent of 10,000 barrels of oil a day. Not sure it works that way in this modern age. Many countries adjusted their DST to match the US.... just as most of the EU follows the UK system.

I remember one of the first hot issues after the DST change was the observance of Halloween. "Beggars" night was typically held on the Thursday night before DST ended. But, when DST was extended....the reason for moving "Beggars" night forward was argued as no longer valid. Plus it caused lots of issues, because 'older' kids still observed the regular Halloween....especially years where there's like a week between the dates.

Though it never seemed to affect me....apparently apartments/condos are off limits? I would probably know that if I had kids.

I tried to argue that if DST supposedly saves energy year 'round (just not as much during the winter months)...then they should make it a full-time thing. But, my rep made some where excuse about not wanting kids going to school in the dark. But, that happens on standard time.

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03-26-2012 02:07 PM
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(03-26-2012 02:07 PM)TheDreamer Wrote:  Used to be that UK started DST before the US, but ended at the same time? We used do first Sunday in April to Last Sunday in October. While the UK is last Sunday in March to Last Sunday in October.

But, due to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the US switched to second Sunday in March to First Sunday in November.

The GIST was that in 1974/1975 after the 1973 Oil Embargo....lengthening DST saved the equivalent of 10,000 barrels of oil a day. Not sure it works that way in this modern age. Many countries adjusted their DST to match the US.... just as most of the EU follows the UK system.

I remember one of the first hot issues after the DST change was the observance of Halloween. "Beggars" night was typically held on the Thursday night before DST ended. But, when DST was extended....the reason for moving "Beggars" night forward was argued as no longer valid. Plus it caused lots of issues, because 'older' kids still observed the regular Halloween....especially years where there's like a week between the dates.

Though it never seemed to affect me....apparently apartments/condos are off limits? I would probably know that if I had kids.

I tried to argue that if DST supposedly saves energy year 'round (just not as much during the winter months)...then they should make it a full-time thing. But, my rep made some where excuse about not wanting kids going to school in the dark. But, that happens on standard time.

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i rmember going to school a very long time ago in northern MN. i waited for the bus in the dark in the morning and came home when it was getting dark in the afternoon in the winter. dst in the winter up north wouldn't make that much difference in the winter.
03-26-2012 04:26 PM
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