The History of Daylight Saving Time; Clock Change Begins on Sunday Morning

The History of Daylight Saving Time; Clock Change Begins on Sunday Morning

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Even if you find out what time to change your clock, though, it can be confusing.

Residents will spring forward this weekend, setting their clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time early Sunday morning.

Daylight Saving Time adds 1 hour to standard time (at 2:00 a.m.) to make better use of daylight and conserve energy.

Well, not everyone's. Arizona and Hawaii don't follow daylight saving time like the rest of the us - but they used to. How could we forget "spring forward" and "fall back?" Hawaii, Arizona and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands all do not observe Daylight Saving Time (interestingly enough, the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona does observe the time change). The DOT also says that DST is observed for reasons including saving energy, preventing traffic injuries and reducing crime.

Daylight Saving Time ends this year on November 5, when clocks get set back an hour to start the process all over again. In another report it was found there was no evidence that electricity would be saved from the earlier start to daylight saving time and that there was a chance that there could be a very small increase in electricity.

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, credit for daylight saving time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784.

So now that you know all about it, don't forget to change your clock!

So what can people do ahead of time to prepare for Daylight Saving Time?

The bill, HB 4011, introduced in January, would also put the entire state in the Eastern Standard Time Zone.

Changing clocks at this time prevents the day from actually turning into yesterday with the switch. Daylight Saving Time starts in Ontario on the second Sunday in March. I prefer to advance all the clocks in the house before going to sleep Saturday so I don't feel so bad when I look at the time on Sunday. The tradition of springing forward and falling back is overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation and is rooted in saving energy. In the United States, 2 a.m. was originally chosen as the changing time because most families were home and it was the time when the fewest number of trains were running, therefor causing the least disruption.

  • Jack Replman