SPRING FORWARD MARCH 10, 2019
THIS SUNDAY MARCH 10 is the beginning of DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME. Not all states move clocks back and forth but Kentucky and Ohio do, the markets I work in. Daylight saving time starts the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November for those locales who make the change. Parts of Indiana don't always move clocks so part of the year we are on the same time and other times not. It made it interesting when visiting my brother as to whether we showed up in time for lunch or late for lunch since his area never moved clocks.
I'm not a fan of springing forward for a number of reasons, the most important one is I don't like getting up in the dark. We are just beginning to have some daylight early in the morning which will be snatched away from us this weekend. I don't like that kids going to school will be waking in the dark, again, after finally getting some light in their mornings.
Daylight saving time was not always this early in the year. It used to be in April. I purchased two clocks right before the switch to March for DST that automatically reset if unplugged or for DST. I still have those clocks because I can't throw away something that works most of the year. This weekend, however, my clocks will not change automatically so I'll have to remember when I wake on Sunday the clock is wrong. Just to keep things interesting I won't change my clocks manually, I'll wait for April when they will change themselves. I love the challenge of opening my eyes and immediatly testing my math skills.
Why do we need this daylight saving time anyway? There are several reasons it started. A popular belief is that it was done for farmers. It is not commonly known that it was actually used during World War I and II. The reason for DST is actually for energy savings. If it is lighter longer in the evening then households won't use as much energy for lights.
While I'm not a fan there is one aspect of DST I do like immensely. That one thing is that because it is light longer home buyers benefit because they tend to work during the day and want to look at homes at night. Winter makes it hard to do so because it is dark so early. Staring this Sunday, March 10 there is going to be a whole lot more time for home buyers to look at several properties in the evening. It is that time of the year spring home sales get a boost. Here's hoping more inventory accompanies "spring forward". And, btw, we'll take some spring weather to go along with that!
DON'T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD THIS SATURDAY BEFORE YOU GO TO BED!