Daylight saving time begins at 2 am this Sunday, March 11. Remember to “spring” ahead by setting your clocks forward one hour before going to bed. You should also change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
The correct term is daylight "saving" (not savings) time. The incorrect term “daylight savings time” is commonly used, especially in Australia, Canada and the United States. It's also supposed to be lowercase, not uppercase, according to the Associated Press style book.
Since 2007, daylight saving time has started at the same time each year - the second Sunday in March.
Daylight saving time starts at 2 am so that most workers with early shifts will still be in bed and most businesses will be closed.
Benjamin Franklin is often credited with the idea of changing clocks during the year, though the attribution is likely overstated. While visiting Paris in 1784, Franklin wrote a letter to a Paris newspaper proposing a tax on those whose windows were closed after sunrise. The letter, meant to be completely tongue-in-cheek, was meant to encourage the use of sunshine instead of candles.
Daylight saving time was not instituted officially until World War I, when Germany put the
plan in place in an effort to conserve fuel. Europe came on board soon after, followed by the United States in 1918.
During the energy crisis of the 1970's, Congress ordered states to go on year-round daylight saving time between January 1974 and April 1975.
Most areas of the United States observe daylight saving time, the exceptions being Arizona (except for the Navajo, who observe daylight saving time on tribal lands), Hawaii, and the overseas territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands.
Parts of Indiana did not observe daylight saving time until 2006, when it became a law statewide.
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