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Turkey sets clocks forward on March 27

Turkey sets clocks forward on March 27
Turkey saves about 800 million to one billion kilowatt-hours of electricity through putting the clocks forward

Turkey swaps to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 27 at 3:00 am local time by turning clocks forward one hour.

To save electricity during the day, changing of the time was first observed in northern European countries like Germany, Ireland and the U.K. during World War I to conserve coal.

In Turkey, it was enacted into law in 1925.

Cashing in on an extra hour of daylight in the evening occurs through Daylight Saving Time during the seven months between March and October each year.

Turkey is estimated to save about 800 million to 1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity through the scheme, equivalent to the annual power production of a middle-scale hydroelectric power plant.

In 2016, Daylight Saving Time in Turkey will end on Sunday, Oct. 30, when clocks across the country will be turned back one hour at 4:00 a.m local time.

Luckily, nowadays smart phones and electronic appliances with clock features switch themselves automatically to Daylight Saving Time.

Throughout the world the debate on whether to stop exercising Daylight Saving Time or not continues with some countries choosing not to participate.

Those supporting Daylight Saving Time argue that it reduces traffic accidents, saves energy, boosts tourism and encourages more people to exercise outdoors.

Those in opposition to the cause question whether any energy savings are made and say the change in time brings about potential health risks through disruption of sleep.

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