Daylight Savings Time Three Weeks Early

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

In the past, we've set our clocks ahead one hour on the first Sunday in April for Daylight Savings Time.

This year it will happen three weeks sooner due to the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Moving daylight savings time up three weeks could affect many different types of electronics that are programmed to the traditional daylight savings time.

Internet technicians at the Medical Center in Bowling Green are already dealing with this issue to make sure the time change doesn't affect certain medical devices.

"We've identified those devices and have ensured that they will be compliant. We've been working for the past several months with different vendors and have applied different software make sure the daylight savings time will be handled properly,” says Steven Sablan, a Computer Programmer with the Medical Center.

Others dealing with computers say they don't anticipate any major problems.

You can download software to correct the problem on your computer, but you may be better off making the adjustment yourself.

"There's less of a chance of Spyware and viruses if you just manually do it yourself,” says Frankie William, the owner of Computer Lan.

If you have a regular phone, the time on it shouldn't be affected, but if you have a PDA, you may have to install updates to your device. To find out how to do this just go to the homepage of your service provider.

And times on your DVD players and VCR's shouldn't be much of a concern either as long as the autoset feature on your time is turned on.

"The signal is gonna be send down a cable line, antenna, or satellite and it's gonna pick up off of that and be able to get the time,” says Chris Mitchell, with McGown TV Sales & Services.

If it doesn't, you can just adjust it manually as well.

"Any that have been sold in the last five years should be fine,” says Mitchell.

One of the biggest reasons we change our clocks to Daylight Savings Time is because it saves energy.

And don't forget, Daylight Savings Time begins at two a.m. this Sunday, March 11.

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