Turn back time: Daylight saving time ends, standard time begins

ST. GEORGE – Mark your calendars and set your clocks, Sunday at 2 a.m., marks the end of daylight saving time for most of the United States.

15219457-illustration-depicting-a-roadsign-with-a-turn-back-the-clock-concept-blue-sky-backgroundAs the dark days grow nearer, it’s time to “fall back” one hour as daylight saving time ends. Following the adage of “spring ahead, fall behind,” you will be setting your clock back one hour on Sunday, and then one hour forward when it begins again on March 9, 2014.

As we set clocks back one hour, we essentially gain an extra hour of sleep – but that extra hour of sleep comes at the price of early evening darkness. Daylight saving time moves an hour of daylight from the mornings to the evenings, by shifting the clock forward an hour from the traditional schedule.

How daylight saving got its start

Adopting the idea from Europe, over the course of the last 100 years, the United States has gone on daylight saving time in both World War I and World War II (and was observed the entire year), but then gone off after the wars were over. In 1966, a more permanent federal law was enacted when Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the start and end dates for daylight saving time.

daylight-saving-time-costs-billionsThe history of daylight saving is tied to energy conservation. Switching to daylight saving time in the summer means more sunlight at night, which in turn means homes don’t have to turn on lights as early and, according to the U.S. Government, that leads to energy and fuel savings.

During daylight saving time, the sun reaches its peak at 1 p.m. instead of noon, and the crack of dawn comes a little later. The idea is to have people up during the longer daylight hours, to save energy and increase productivity.

Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states that do not observe daylight saving time, except that the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona does observe the time change. Of U.S. territories, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands do not observe daylight saving time.

Ed. Note: Many studies disagree about DST’s energy savings and while some studies show a positive outcome, others do not. It is beyond the scope and intent of this article to address the merits of either side of the debate.

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  • zacii November 3, 2013 at 6:14 am

    I wish they’d leave it one way or the other. I seriously doubt that there is much energy saving in a world that operates 24/7.

    The idea that more light in the evening doesn’t work, because now we have less light in the morning. What power was conserved in the evening it’s now consumed in the morning .

  • Mike Hobson November 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I wish we could stop this non sense. Stay on the same time like AZ and many other states. On the other hand I am so glad I will save some oil in my lamps, NOT.

  • DoubleTap November 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I just don’t see how the change in time can help my truck use less energy.

  • PHIL BREAKEY November 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I love DST, reason is simple, you have more time to enjoy the outdoors in the summer after you get off work. Also, you wouldn’t want to do that in the winter because the kids end up going to school in the dark, not a good idea. I like the fact that they extended the DST hours recently by a week, I believe, in the spring and fall. I’m in AZ a lot and absolutely do not like the fact that they don’t observe it. We will be out boating on Lake Powell and it starts getting dark at 7PM. Not good.

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