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FALL BACK: Daylight saving time ends Sunday

Electric Time Company employee Dan Lamoore adjusts the color on a 67-inch square LED color-changing clock at the plant in Medfield Mass. As most U.S. residents prepare to

But there are rumblings across the continent that people are growing tired of moving their clocks ahead one hour in the spring - losing an hour of sleep - and then turning them back in the fall. I'm sure most of us prefer the latter. Others say that it influences people to spend more time out of the house, thus decreasing the need for artificial lighting as well as the likelihood of using home electric appliances. Back then the clocks moved ahead by an hour on the last Sunday of April and ended on the last Sunday of October.

The shift means it's lighter earlier in the morning and darker earlier in the evening.

Daylight saving actually wasn't signed into law until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson made it an official practice.

Daylight Saving Time has been practiced on and off in the USA since 1918. current schedule, set through the Energy Policy Act of 2005, puts Daylight Saving Time starting the second Sunday in March and ending the first Sunday in November.

Farming groups have also expressed anti-daylight time views, saying it has a significant adverse impact on rural families, businesses and communities.

The passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005 extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks - from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November.

Many countries near the equator do not adjust their clocks for daylight saving.

Consider it an early holiday gift: an extra hour to sleep in Sunday morning - unless the sun coming up an hour earlier and peeking through the bedroom window disrupts your slumber.

The proposal stated: "The state of Montana rejects switching between standard time and daylight saving time and elects to remain on daylight saving time in Montana throughout the year". Rather than rural interests, it has been urban entities such as retail outlets and recreational businesses that have championed daylight saving over the decades.

After the national repeal in 1919, some states and cities, including New York City and Chicago, continued to shift their clocks.

Bills to end daylight saving time have come up in previous sessions, but they've always failed. Passengers on a 35-mile bus ride from Steubenville, Ohio, to Moundsville, West Virginia, passed through seven time changes. In the a year ago alone, 14 state legislatures have debated bills aimed at revising how we keep time.

A century later, there is conflicting evidence whether DST really saves energy. As air conditioning has become more widespread, however, more recent studies have found that cost savings on lighting are more than offset by greater cooling expenses. Some also argue that increased recreational activity during daylight saving results in greater gasoline consumption.

Daylight saving time ends this weekend.