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When does time change?

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Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 03:50

While residents will lose an hour of sleep when the clocks spring forward, they will gain an hour of daylight. The change will occur at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

The state is now divided among the Eastern and Central time zones, with the Florida Panhandle observing Central time. During Daylight Saving Time, the sun sets one hour later in the evenings, so the need to use electricity for household lighting and appliances is reduced.

Florida may soon go to year-round Daylight Saving Time, but the move could create some inconveniences for people and businesses from Alabama who regularly travel to Florida. It will be dark longer in the morning but the light will last longer in the evening.

The good part about Daylight Saving Time?

Opinions about Daylight Savings Time differ state-by-state.

Of course, not everyone in the US recognizes this twice-annual ritual: Daylight saving time is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or most of Arizona. The U.S. Department of Transportation says that under the Uniform Time Act, as amended, states can exempt themselves from observing daylight saving time by state law. The Florida Legislature passed what's known as the "Sunshine Protection Act" on Tuesday. It now heads to the desk of Governor Rick Scott, the Miami Herald reports.