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Monday, March 12, 2018

Did you remember to "spring ahead" on Sunday? This weekend marked the start of daylight saving time. So while you lost an hour of sleep, you gained an extra hour of daylight.

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Today's Random Fact:

In the U.S., daylight saving time was first used during World War I to conserve resources. It was reinstated again during World War II until Sept. 1945. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 created a standardized system to observe daylight saving time.

Bonus Fact:

The Department of Energy studied the energy savings in 2008. They found that during daylight saving time, U.S. electricity use decreased by 0.5 percent per day, which added up to 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours, enough to power about 122,000 average U.S. homes for a year.

People are safer drivers during daylight hours, and researchers have found that DST reduces lethal car crashes and pedestrian strikes.

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