Wednesday, February 6, 2019 / by Holly Northup
At 2:00a.m. on Sunday, November 6th, we will be ending Daylight Saving Time and reverting back to normal time. EEK!!!
As much as people seem to enjoy the extra hour of daylight during Daylight Saving Time, we sure don’t like it when it ends!
So why do we change our clocks twice a year anyway?
The idea has been around for years as ancient cultures have been known as having used some form of Daylight Saving Time by adjusting their schedules to the sun’s schedule.
In modern times, Benjamin Franklin wrote about waking up earlier to save candles in an essay called “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” in 1784. However, the first time Daylight Saving Time was recorded as being used was in Canada in 1908 and then Germany was the first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time in 1916.
We’ve heard for years that we do Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. because of the farming community, but after a little research I found that this really isn’t the case at all.
Daylight Saving Time actually was instituted by President Woodrow Wilson in 1918 – then called Fast Time – to help with the war effort in World War I. It only lasted as long as the war and everyone changed back to normal time.
The time change was brought back by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 during World War II and this time the idea stuck and we’ve been using it – in some form or fashion – ever since.
Of course in the beginning there was lots of confusion due to no standardization of the time change, so the Uniform Time Act of 1966 was established by Congress which stated that Daylight Saving Time would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, the act did give states the ability to be exempt from Daylight Saving Time, hence the reason that Arizona and Hawaii do not observe Daylight Saving Time still today.
The schedule has been revised several times since, but the current schedule – the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November – was introduced in 2007 following the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Currently, approximately 70 countries around the world observe Daylight Saving Time. The closer a country is to the equator, the more likely they will not change their clocks. Additionally, China, India and Japan are the only major industrialized nations that don't use Daylight Saving Time.
So, don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend and enjoy that extra hour!!!
If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Austin area, please contact Kathleen Bucher at 512.794.6644 or KathleenBucher@mac.com. It would be an honor to earn your business!