To change to daylight savings time in the spring, you will set your clocks ahead one hour. The actual time change is on the second Sunday of March. You “lose” one hour during that night.
After clocks are set ahead in the spring, the sun will come up later in the mornings, but there will be one extra hour of usable daylight each night before sunset. In the fall, clocks are set back, which adds the extra hour to the morning light and takes an hour of daylight away in the evening.
It’s easy to forget to set your clocks properly each spring and fall. Of course, most of today’s smartphones and mobile devices set themselves to the new time. For things like microwave ovens, wall clocks and older watches, you will need to set them manually. Use the phrase “spring forward” to remind you that in the spring, you set the clocks ahead. In autumn, “fall back” reminds you to set the clocks back an hour. At that time, you will be back on Standard Time.
Changing to Daylight Savings Time isn’t done just to confuse people, of course. It was originally designed to allow less energy to be used in homes, with the extra hour of daylight in the evening.
Daylight Savings Time was started in the United States in the midst of World War I. It was instituted to save energy for production of materials needed for war. Workers took advantage of the later daylight hours in the months between April and October. The states were directed to use Daylight Savings Time again during World War II.
Between the periods of war, states could decide individually if they wanted to use Daylight Savings Time or not. Congress passed a Uniform Time Act in 1966, which set on paper the number of months that states could remain on Daylight Savings Time.
European nations have used Daylight Savings Time since 1996, although the start and stop dates are different. Iceland and Kyrgyzstan observe Daylight Savings Time year-round.
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