On Sunday, March 10, Daylight Saving Time starts. Most parts of the U.S. will “spring forward” when 2 a.m. hits and clocks are turned forward an hour. Here are some fun facts to help you get ready to spring forward.
It was first pitched as an idea by Benjamin Franklin as a way to save money on candle wax (because there wasn’t electricity, people who wanted or needed to work after dark used candles). His essay about the topic pointed out how much sunlight was wasted in the mornings. Although many now think his essay was satirical, we still observe it today.
Germany was the first country to officially adopt DST. In 1916, it started following the time change to conserve coal during World War I.
In 1918, the U.S. started observing DST to save electricity. After the war, the U.S. and most other countries stopped official observation.
In 1966, the U.S. government passed a law called the Uniform Time Act, which brought back DST. Then, due to the oil embargo in the 1970s, the U.S. observed year round DST from January 1974 to April 1975.
Now, states can control whether they observe DST or not. Two states don’t observe DST: Hawaii and Arizona, who are both permanently in standard time — although parts of Arizona do follow the time changes. Parts of Indiana didn’t observe until 2006, when a state law was passed. Other places that don’t observe are: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is in charge of time, setting time zones and overseeing DST.
Eight months of the year are in daylight time and four are in standard time.
Some people struggle with the time changes, especially elderly people aged 65 and older.
Many countries observe time changes, but not necessarily on the same days as the U.S. Some countries, like Brazil and Israel, change time in October.
Last year, Florida lawmakers introduced the Sunshine Protection Act, which would put Florida on permanent daylight saving time. However, in June 2018, the bill stalled in Congress, which has to approve such changes to allow the state to be in a different time zone than the rest of the East Cost for half the year. Because of this, Floridians will observe time changes until the bill is passed.
Don’t forget to change your clocks on Sunday!
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