Daylight savings time (DST) officially begins on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2am. It always feels like there are only a few months between the end of DST in the previous year and the beginning of daylight savings time in the current year. Daylight savings time will end at Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2am.
The Reason For Daylight Savings Time
I always wondered what the point of changing our clocks twice a year was…why not just keep the same time throughout the year? However, there is actually a very good reason for the practice of daylight savings time.
The name really gives it away: to save the daylight. We go through this process of changing our clocks twice a year in order to make better use of the daylight.
An article on Huliq gives us a look into the history of DST:
DST was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. However, modern DST was proposed by George Vernon Hudson in 1895. Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand, suggested a two-hour daylight saving shift to the Wellington Philosophical Society. But, DST is credited to William Willett, an English builder. In 1905, Willett proposed that the clock be moved forward during the summer.
The proposal went before the House of Commons in February 1908, but was not actually put into practice until 1916, during World War I, when several European countries implemented DST. Thus, “spring forward, fall back” was born. At different periods in history, the amount of the adjustment has been tweaked, but the standard time change is one hour.
Also, there have been periods when DST has been used throughout the year, such as in the United States during World War II, from Feb. 3, 1942 until Sept. 30, 1945, when it was deemed “War Time.”
I have to admit that I still have to say to myself, “spring forward, fall back” in order to remember the direction of the time change…every time!
Daylight Savings Time 2013
That still doesn’t explain why daylight savings time 2013 will last so long! However, according to a CNN article, this is part of a recent change:
In the past, daylight-saving time began in April and ended in October. However, an energy bill signed by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005 extended daylight-saving time as part of a long-term solution to the nation’s energy problems. The new law extended daylight-saving time by four weeks – beginning three weeks earlier and ending one week later.
Apparently, there is still much debate as to whether DST really has much of an effect on energy consumption.
Hopefully, you are reading this in enough time to prepare and be on time for church Sunday morning!
photo by winnond
- Have you ever forgotten to change your clocks and ended up being late the next day?
- Do you think we should still set our clocks back and then move our clocks ahead each year?
- How do you remind yourself of this change? Are you like me and just use your cell phone (which automatically adjusts) as a watch?
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