Well, it’s that time of year again where we set the clocks back one hour.
The official change comes on Sunday morning at 2am, which really becomes 1am.
Up until a few years ago, the time change occurred on the last Sunday of October. It was just a few years ago that lawmakers moved the date up to the first Sunday of November. The idea to extend the energy savings that are thought to result from daylight saving time.
The idea behind daylight saving time — or summer time, as it’s known in other parts of the world — is to use the extended daylight hours during the warmest part of the year to best advantage. Timekeepers shift some of that extra sun time from the early morning (when timekeepers need their shut-eye) to the evening (when they play softball).
The shift reduces the need for lighting during the evening, and that’s why daylight saving time is considered an energy-saver — that is, as long as there is morning sunlight to spare. Now that dawn is coming later and later, the daylight-saving advantage has largely dissipated.
Fortunately, cell phones will automatically adapt to the change; if only the clocks in cars did the same thing! It won’t be until April when the time changes again…do you keep the clocks the same or change them with the time? Let us know how you adjust to the time change.