Tomorrow – Sunday, November 3rd – at 2:00 AM marks the end of Daylight Saving Time for 2013. So, be sure to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tonight.
We revel in the “extra hour” of sleep reverting back to Standard Time brings on Sunday morning, but that quickly wears off and then this time of year can seem kind of depressing. The days feel much shorter and there is LOTS OF DARKNESS. What else can we do but just grin and bear it until we spring ahead in March?
Surprisingly, there is a lot more to this “time change” thing we all do twice a year beyond the annoying, manual chore of actually adjusting the time on our clocks, gizmos and gadgets. Here are some interesting things we know about this bi-annual event that may make you go hhhmmm…
Did You Know?
Although most people feel the word savings (with an “s”) flows more pleasantly off the tongue, the official spelling is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.
In the US, Daylight Saving Time is NOT observed in Hawaii and Arizona.
The fire department encourages people to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they change their clocks, because it can be easy to forget otherwise.
The idea of daylight saving was first conceived in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin in An Economical Project – his humorous essay on the thrift of natural vs. artificial lighting. Over two centuries later, many nations use a variation of his concept to conserve energy & more fully enjoy the benefits of daylight.
Daylight Saving Time was first used in many European countries and then in the United States during World War I in an effort to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power.
More than one billion people in about 70 countries around the world observe Daylight Saving Time. Japan, India, and China are the only major industrialized countries that do not observe some form of daylight saving.
If you care to know more about Daylight Saving Time, this video explains it all.