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It’s Time Again to Spring Ahead

It’s that time again folks. At 2 a.m. on March 13th we will set our clocks ahead one hour, marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. While some people dread this time of year because they look at it as losing an hour of their day and adjusting sleep patterns, on Hilton Head Island, we look at it as a friendly reminder that summer is just around the corner!

To the locals and visitors of our beautiful Island playground, turning the clocks ahead means that we get more time to spend in the Carolina sunshine. It means longer walks on the beach, plenty of daylight for that bike ride along our favorite shore and extra time to play a round of golf at one of our many world class courses on the Island.

Although we Islanders do love our extra outdoor time, it does still make you wonder why we do turn our clocks ahead each year. The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called “Summer Time” in many places in the world) is simple: we have discovered an easy way to get more from our sun and to make better use of daylight. Changing our clocks ahead during the summer months actually moves an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening, allowing us to do just that.

Another perk of Daylight Saving Time is that less electricity is used because people plan outdoor activities during the extra daylight hours and they are not at home using appliances and lights. Studies done by the U.S. Department of Transportation actually showed that Daylight Saving Time trims the entire country’s electricity usage about one percent each day. This small percentage might not sound like much, but it really does add up on a nationwide level to make a big difference.

Although Daylight Saving Time gives us the opportunity to enjoy extended sunny summer evenings, its implementation has seen controversy since Benjamin Franklin first conceived the idea in 1784. Even today, some U.S. states and its territories, do not observe the time change. Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Arizona do not adjust their clocks at all.

Facts and history aside, 68% of Americans like Daylight Saving Time simply because people like to enjoy long summer evenings. We on Hilton Head Island would have to agree with them because more time for boating, golf, beaches and playing in the sunshine is our way of life on this beautiful Island on the Carolina Coast!

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