It is that time again when we say goodbye to Daylight Savings time, which officially ends at 2:00 am Sunday morning!
Saturday night, remember to set the clocks BACK one hour and enjoy an extra hour of rest on Monday morning. A reminder too, that this is a good time to not only change the clocks but to change batteries on important fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors .
ABOUT DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME:
Daylight saving time (DST) or summer time is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months by one hour so that evening daylight lasts an hour longer, while sacrificing normal sunrise times. Typically, regions with summer time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time. Some countries do not use standard time. For example, the Greenwich meridian passes through France but it does not use Greenwich Mean Time.
New Zealander George Hudson proposed the idea of daylight saving in 1895.The German Empire and Austria-Hungary organized the first nationwide implementation, starting on April 30, 1916. Many countries have used it at various times since then, particularly since the energy crisis of the 1970s.
The practice has both advocates and critics. Putting clocks forward benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours,but can cause problems for outdoor entertainment and other activities tied to sunlight, such as farming. Though some early proponents of DST aimed to reduce evening use of incandescent lighting—once a primary use of electricity[today’s heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly, and research about how DST affects energy use is limited and contradictory.
DST clock shifts sometimes complicate timekeeping, and can disrupt travel, billing, record keeping, medical devices, heavy equipment,and sleep patterns.Computer software often adjusts clocks automatically, but policy changes by various jurisdictions of DST dates and timings may be confusing.
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