Skip to main content

See also:

Daylight Saving Time 2014: Time to turn the clocks ahead, or time to retire DST?

Daylight Saving Time 2014: When does it start?
Daylight Saving Time 2014: When does it start?
Getty Images

Daylight saving time 2014 is here, with the media news starting to remind you to turn your clocks ahead one hour this weekend. Daylight Saving Time arrival means the debates are once again bubbling up. Questions as to the need of this archaic tradition are asked in the media. This also comes along with the argument of what is the correct wording for this time change date. Is it Daylight Saving Time, or Daylight Savings Time?

This year, Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Mar. 9. This is when you will set your clocks ahead one hour. Many folks do this before going to bed on Saturday night, so they won't forget to "spring ahead" in the morning.

As seen on the Daily Nexus on March 3, the debate is on again this year with the people asking the question: “Is Daylight Saving Time wasting our time?” Then there are the folks wondering which is the correct title of this day designated for clock turning.

For decades folks have been told that Daylight Saving Time saves you money, but a new study by UCSB suggests it is a costly venture instead. Focusing on counties in Indiana, UCSB found that the DST actually significantly increased the energy bills.

The heat goes up in most homes when folks get up in the morning. With the time change, folks are getting up an hour earlier, which is the colder part of the morning, so this means a rise in heating bills, claims the study. More electricity is needed to light the dark mornings, where before the time change, you would be asleep during the majority of the dark hours and wake around dawn. Now dawn is later.

While it not only costs more money than it would if they just left time alone, it is suggested that changing the clock twice a year can play havoc with your health. Folks will need to wake up an hour earlier than usual when the clocks spring ahead on Sunday, which can be hazardous to your health in the long haul.

Most people are in a sleep pattern that works well for them depending on the hours they work. Changing this causes sluggish starts to their days and could cause a sleepy feeling throughout the day until you get used to waking up that hour earlier.

The other debate going on today has to do with the correct term for changing the clock twice a year. Is is Daylight Saving Time or Daylight Savings Time? If you look to the media to get the correct answer, you will soon be confused. Titles using “savings” instead of “saving” are running about 50-50 in Google News today, March 3.

Which is correct? The correct term is “Daylight Saving Time," when referring to the twice a year practice of changing the clocks in the U.S., but some still throw that “s” on the word “saving."

It appears that both ways of presenting the date change are accepted these days, although technically only one is correct. The Time and Date website reports that the term “Daylight Savings Time” is commonly used in the U.S., Australia and Canada, even though it is not the correct term.

A theory surrounding this mix-up has to do with another popular term used in these three countries, which is the term “savings account.” It seems that “savings” just seems to roll off your tongue much easier than “saving” when used in the title of “Daylight Savings Time.”