In 2023, Daylight Saving Time in the United States. This means that the clocks will go back one hour. As the weather gets colder in the US, the amount of daylight is also decreasing because daylight saving time (DST) has ended.
Daylight saving time is when we move the clock forward an hour in March, so we can have more sunlight during the day. In the fall, we move the clocks back an hour, which means most people in the US get an extra hour of sleep.
When does daylight saving time end?
In the US, daylight saving time ends on the first Sunday of November. This year, it will be on November 5th. On this day, the clocks are set backward by one hour at 2am, so the time becomes 1am for most US citizens.
In which countries or regions is daylight saving time observed?
In the United States, most states follow daylight saving time rules. However, Arizona, the Navajo Indian Reservation, and Hawaii do not observe daylight saving time, according to the National Institutes of Standard and Technology (NIST). Source: National Institutes of Standard and Technology
The territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands also do not follow the same practice.
Why do we follow daylight saving time?
The concept of daylight saving time was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. However, it was not consistently put into practice until the Uniform Time Act was established in 1966, as mentioned by the US Department of Transportation. For further details, you can visit their website here.
Although there were times when the US observed daylight saving, like during World War II when President Roosevelt implemented year-round daylight saving known as “War Time,” the Uniform Time Act required all states to adhere to one of the four main time zones and follow daylight saving time, unless the entire state agreed to be exempt.
The Uniform Time Act made all states change the time at the same time. It was believed that daylight saving could improve crime rates, traffic safety, and energy conservation. However, a later report found that there were only small changes when daylight saving time was used.
Daylight Saving Time in the United States was implemented in 2007. It starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November. Currently, DST is observed for 238 days each year.
Do you have to manually switch your clocks?
Most clocks will automatically update the time. However, some appliance clocks may need to be manually adjusted. Some clocks also have a DST on/off function that you can switch to change the time.