It’s time again to set your clocks back one hour. Unless you live in Hawaii or Arizona which do not observe Daylight Saving Time (that’s right, it’s not plural).

When is the time change?

On Sunday, 11/6/2016 at 2 a.m. we will change our clocks back one hour (“Spring Forward, Fall Back”)!

Why Change the Time at 2 a.m.?

The thinking behind changing the time at 2 a.m. is because it is considered to be the least disruptive time of day. Moving time forward or back an hour at that time avoids confusion because it doesn’t change the date, and most people are asleep.

Why do we practice Daylight Saving Time?

The idea was to save electricity and to make better use of the daylight because there are more hours of natural light. 

A Brief History of Daylight Saving Time…

It is popular belief that Benjamin Franklin first conceived the idea of Daylight Saving Time during a stay in Paris in 1784.  His published essay, “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” proposed to economize the use of candles by rising earlier to make the most use of the morning sunlight.

Recognition for the creation of DST was mainly credited to William Willett in 1905 when he proposed turning the clocks forward in the summer to take advantage of the daylight in the mornings and the lighter evenings.  This DST plan was introduced as a bill to the House of Commons by Robert Pearce in February 1908.  Thereafter the first Daylight Saving Bill was drafted in 1909 and presented to Parliament several times and scrutinized by a select committee.  The bill never made it into a law as it was opposed by many (especially farmers).

Daylight Saving Time was eventually adopted on April 30, 1916 to replace artificial lighting so they could save fuel for the war effort in Germany during World War I.  It was quickly followed by Britain and many other countries, including the United States.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted year-round DST in the United States, calling it “War Time” during World War II from February 9, 1942 to September 30th, 1945.  This law was enforced 40 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.


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