Here's Why We Have Daylight Saving Time

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour this Sunday!

November 01, 2018 - 12:23 pm
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This weekend you can kiss daylight savings goodbye. On November 4th at 2 a.m. time officially reverts back one hour giving us an extra hour of sleep, but also a shorter, darker day.

Opinions on the necessity, effectiveness, and convenience of daylight savings time vary. Not every state practices the change - Arizona and Hawaii - and there has been talk of doing away with the tradition in states that do practice - California, Alaska, and others.

Daylight savings was originally an energy saving practice proposed by Benjamin Franklin. He argued that Americans might save energy if they were afforded an extra hour of sunlight in the summer.

Germany was the first country to adopt the practice in 1916 and the United States followed suit in 1918.

The next time change won’t occur until March 10, 2019, when we’ll set the clocks forward by one hour.