Springing Ahead Earlier, Falling Back Later

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 6, 2007 at 1:21 AM EDT

Lou McKeage says with an extra hour of daylight, he'll be able to run after work instead of squeezing it in during his lunch hour.

"I love it. It's a great idea. It makes it feel like spring is coming, summer's coming. We need daylight," says McKeage of the Town of Binghamton.

The change is an experiment in energy conservation passed by Congress in 2005.

This year we will turn our clocks forward 3 weeks earlier in the spring and back one week later in the fall.

"By adjusting the hours people are active in their homes it will save energy, heating and cooling costs," says Bruce Oldfield of Broome Community College.

But New York State Electric and Gas tells Action News weather and efficiency affect consumption more than daylight hours available.

The change will impact automated clocks and calendars on computers, cell phones and other wireless communications.

It's keeping Armstrong Telecom in Binghamton busy.

"We have some doctor's practices for instance which at 5 o'clock automatically all their calls get routed to the answering service, well that could be changed by an hour if that isn't fixed," says Daniel Armstrong of Armstrong Telecom.

The extra hour of daylight helps Fiato's Orchard and Market here in the Town of Binghamton.

"It gives us the change to get more work time in without having overtime and weekends so people can enjoy their families. It's a good benefit," says :Scott Turney of Fiato's Orchard & Market.

If the savings are beneficial, Congress will let the daylight saving changes stand the test of time.

Daylight Saving Time takes effect at 2 am this Sunday, March 11th.

You'll have to turn your clocks ahead one hour.

Experts say technology that doesn't automatically update, can be updated manually.

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