Seems like we just did this, but it’s that time of year again; reset your clocks BACK one hour for Daylight Savings Time. Starting November 3, you will get 1 extra hour of sleep! Don’t forget, or you’ll be early for work.
History of Daylight Saving Time:
In the U.S., daylight saving time was first used during World War I to conserve resources. It was reinstated again during World War II until Sept. 1945. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 created a standardized system to observe daylight saving time. The Department of Energy studied the energy savings in 2008. They found that during daylight saving time, U.S. electricity use decreased by 0.5 percent per day, which added up to 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours, enough to power about 122,000 average U.S. homes for a year.
From World War II until recently, the seven-month period of daylight saving time in the U.S. ran from April until mid-October. In 2007, Congress adjusted daylight saving time to begin three weeks earlier and end one week later, a move they hoped would help save energy. At the time, they pointed to the fact that longer daylight in the evening hours reduced the need to turn on lights in homes at night. The extra hour of daylight has been credited for preventing traffic injuries and reducing crime as “people travel to and from school and work and complete errands during the daylight,” and “more people are out conducting their affairs during the daylight rather than at night, when more crime occurs,” according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Did you know?
Do you know the only parts of the country that do not participate in Daylight Savings Time? With the exception of the Navajo Nation in the northeastern part of the state, Arizona has not been moving their clocks forward like the rest of the country each spring. Another factual tidbit: Aside from Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Marianas and the Virgin Islands do not move their clocks forward.
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