March 7, 2008 2:34 pm

If you’re like me, InventHelp’s Invention Girl, then you’re also having trouble believing that it’s already time to move those clocks forward an hour. And it’s not your imagination – 2008 is the first year that Daylight Savings Time was extended by two months. That means I’ll have to set my alarm clock ahead one hour this weekend if I don’t want to show up late for my job at InventHelp on Monday!

The reason for the invention of “daylight savings,” which originally began after World War I and gradually became the norm, was to conserve energy. More daylight in the afternoon means that less artificial light is being used. But, given the energy crisis and global warming concerns affecting our planet, the government thought that more could be done.

That’s the main reason why Congress, in the 2005 Energy Policy Act, extended daylight savings time to begin the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November. Now, “standard time” covers less than 1/3 of the calendar!

Although the evidence supporting the extension of Daylight Savings Time is still sketchy, I’m still a big fan. Plus, the best thing about modern electronics is that many of them will update the time automatically. Call me newfangled, but InventHelp’s Invention Girl certainly does not enjoy manually resetting every clock in the house!

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