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Time change: spring forward

Connie Llanos
Los Angeles Daily News
Aspen, CO Colorado

Get groceries. Do laundry.

Check e-mail. Call friends.

And one more thing on this weekend’s to-do list: Set clocks an hour ahead Sunday morning (or Saturday night before heading for bed).

Dreamed up during World War I as a way to save fuel during the summer, daylight saving time became official in 1966, with clocks moved ahead an hour in April and back an hour in November.

The ritual shifting held steady for nearly four decades ” until legislators decided that starting daylight saving time sooner could save as much as $320 million in ener­gy costs.

But even though the shift first happened last March, many still may be caught by surprise.

Steffen Thorsen, who runs http://www.timeanddate.com, said his site receives 50 percent more traffic during daylight saving time ” and twice as many e-mails.

“Most people want to get further confirmation that the given changeover date is cor­rect,” Thorsen said. And part of the confusion is because not all countries ” or states, for that matter ” move to daylight saving time in March.

Most of the western world kept its time change in April.

But Thorsen said several coun­tries in Latin America and the Middle East change their rules on very short notice ” “typi­cally in only days or weeks,” he said.