It is that time of year where we get to set our clocks back and enjoy one more hour of sleep! Daylight Savings officially begins every year at 2am on the second Sunday in March and ends at 2am on the first Sunday of November. Most people set their clocks back one hour on Saturday before they go to bed so when you wake up the time is accurate on all of the clocks in the house. So don’t forget tonight when you go to bed to set your clock back 1 hour!
For those people wondering why we have Daylight Savings, here is a history.
The idea of daylight saving time was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 during his stay in Paris. He published an essay titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” that proposed to economize the use of candles by rising earlier to make use of the morning sunlight.
DST was first adopted to replace artificial lighting so they could save fuel for the war effort in Germany during World War I at 11:00pm (23:00) on April 30, 1916. It was quickly followed by Britain and many countries from both sides, including the United States. Many countries reverted back to standard time post-World War I, and it wasn’t until the next World War that DST would make its return to many countries in order to save vital energy resources for the war.
Daylight saving time is now implemented in over seventy countries worldwide and affects over a billion people each year. Although many countries observe DST, the beginning and end dates are often different than the US. The European Union adopted the summer time period that was used in the United Kingdom for many years which begins on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October.
In the United States The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was implemented which extends Daylight Savings by starting DST several weeks earlier (second Sunday in March) and ending it one week later (first Sunday in November). This law is for United States only, although other locations (primarily states and territories of Canada) have made the same change to extend Daylight Saving Time.