Was anyone else caught of guard by daylight saving time this year? That’s no surprise, because it came almost a week earlier. Because of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the start and end dates of daylight saving time have been gradually changed over time.

This change came into effect beginning in 2007, when the rules of the Uniform Time Act of 1966 were updated. In the past, whereas clocks were set ahead at the start of the first Sunday in April, they were now being ‘sprung forward’ the second Sunday in March.

Last year, the second Sunday of March fell on the 14th of the month. This year, the second Sunday fell on the 8th. That is because we move forward to start each year a day succeeding the previous year. Confused yet?

The theory behind all this change is to encourage us to make better use of our daylight time. Besides that, there is also evidence to support a measurable decrease in energy use, across the nation, saving money for many Americans.

Either way, most agree that with an extra hour of daylight, excitement can begin to build because long summer days are right around the corner.