Clocks Fall Back One Hour This Weekend
It’s that time of year again – time to say goodbye to Daylight Saving Time. We’ll set our clocks back one hour on Saturday night before bed, and gain back the hour of sleep we lost in the Spring.
Why do we move our clocks forward and back? DST was first used by the Germans in World War I to save energy by providing more manufacturing time during daylight hours. America first implemented DST during WWII, but its use wasn’t formalized until our standard time zones were established in 1966.
Some are saying its time for Daylight Saving Time to be abolished as its promoted benefits of energy savings are dubious. Critics say while light usage may decrease during the summer months when the clocks are adjusted, the increase of air-conditioning use in the past four decades has cancelled out any energy savings. As for the farmers that many people believe DST benefits, they actually dislike DST as it disrupts their routines.
Love it or hate it, make sure you move your clocks back one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed. It’s also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms too, as we head into the seasons where we’re closed up in our homes.