Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour this weekend!
Daylight saving time comes to an end at 2:00am this Sunday, November 7th – so most people will roll their clocks BACK one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
This year, daylight saving time started on Sunday, March 14th. We will turn the clock ahead again on March 13th of 2022 – 126 days after turning them back and then we’ll repeat the entire ritual again on November 6th next year (2022) when we fall back.
Benjamin Franklin is traditionally credited with the idea of changing the clocks when back in 1748, he wrote a letter to the editor of the “Journal of Paris” – calling for a tax on all those whose windows were shuttered at sunrise to “encourage the economy of using sunshine instead of candles.” The letter was meant to be satirical, BUT the idea of moving the clock to lessen the dependence on energy sources – in Franklin’s case candles and oil lamps – actually caught on.
The concept became commonplace during World War I as the U.S. looked to conserve energy to put towards the war effort.
The practice wasn’t made permanent in the U.S. until 1973 – when President Richard Nixon signed the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act.