Millions of Americans will adjust their clocks in November to mark the end of daylight saving time in 2023. This practice, which involves “springing forward” and “falling back,” has been followed in most states for many years. Currently, most Americans lose an hour of sleep on the second Sunday of March and gain an hour on the first Sunday of November.
Daylight saving time is the practice of adjusting the clocks to make better use of daylight during the warmer months. We “fall back” in the autumn by setting the clocks back one hour, which means we gain an hour of daylight in the morning. On the other hand, we “spring forward” in the spring by setting the clocks forward one hour, which means we lose an hour of daylight in the morning but gain an hour in the evening. The purpose of daylight saving time is to make the most of natural daylight and to save energy.
When will we ‘fall back’?
Daylight saving time ends on November 5th at 2 a.m. We will “fall back” and set our clocks back to 1 a.m., allowing us to gain an additional hour of sleep.
Why do we have daylight saving time?
Daylight saving time was introduced in the United States in 1918 with the Standard Time Act. The purpose was to lower fuel costs during the First World War. The law also established a standard time and created five time zones.
The government used daylight saving time after World War I and again during World War II. From 1973 to 1975, daylight saving time was made permanent for two years to save energy during the oil embargo crisis. However, the law was repealed in 1974 because people didn’t like it and it wasn’t effective.
In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which set the dates for daylight saving time. The current dates we follow for daylight saving time were established in 2005 when Congress made changes to the Act.
According to the Department of Transportation, daylight saving time helps save energy, prevents traffic injuries, and reduces crime. Daylight Saving Time: When does daylight saving time end in US?
Who created daylight saving time?
Benjamin Franklin is often given credit for proposing daylight saving time in his 1784 essay, “An Economical Project.” However, it was not seriously considered until over 100 years later when William Willetts, a British builder, strongly advocated for it.
The current daylight saving time format was proposed by George Hudson of New Zealand. In 1895, he suggested a two-hour time change to have more daylight after work for bug hunting in the summer.