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"Falling Back" Doesn't Do Much to Conserve Energy on Delmarva

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 SALISBURY, Md. - Daylight Saving Time is coming to an end. On Sunday at 2 a.m. it's time to "fall back" an hour.

When it comes time to set the clocks back or forward, people will argue about why. Some say it's for the farmers. Some say it's for the farmers. Some just worry about its effect on their sleep. Others say, it's about conserving energy. 

Daylight Saving Time got its start during World War I to conserve fuel. It was believed if daylight hours corresponded with natural light, homes would use less energy.

Fast forward to 2014 some people argue the need to spring forward and fall back to Standard Time is outdated. 

"I feel like there's no point in it anymore. We have kind of outgrown it in a sense so there's no real point in it anymore," said Samuel Russell, a Salisbury University student. 

Others say it needs to stay. 

"It's supposed to save energy," said Paul Gasior. "I live in Ocean City so it's nice to have it light later in the summer so in my mind, yes."

Most parts of the United States only get about 9 and a half hours of daylight in winter-time. If we didn't set our clocks back in the fall, sunrise wouldn't be until 8:30 a.m. in many places.

Does it help to conserve energy in those winter months?

Jeremy Tucker with Delaware Electric Co-op says they see no real change in energy use as a result of Daylight Saving Time. In fact, he says people tend to use more energy during those months because it's getting colder. 

John Robinson knows a thing or two about time. He owns RObinson's Clock and Watch Repair in Salisbury. For him, Daylight Saving Time means customers.

"When we fall back in time it means business because a lot of people turn their hands backwards and mess up their clocks," 
said Robinson.

But from a practical standpoint -- "I think it's kinda silly, I mean who can't get up an hour earlier to do their chores or stay an hour later just because then sun's gone down, it's not that big of a deal," said Robinson. 

A deal Arizona, Hawaii and Puerto Rico don't have to worry about. They don't follow Daylight Saving Time because it's not required by law. 

So, save time or leave it alone?

"We're kind of wrapped up in it now I feel like as habits as humans. Getting rid of it now would make sense but at the same time I guess getting rid of tradition in a sense, " said Russell.

"I always miss it when it goes away this time of year," said Gasior. 

A Rasmussen report found only 37 percent of Americans thought springing forward and falling back was worth the hassle and 45 percent said it's not. 

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