Daylight Savings Time

American Culture 10 March 2011 | 3 Comments

It’s my favorite time of the year. It’s Daylight Savings Time (DST) when we “Spring forward.” It means we’ll get an extra hour of sunlight every day. This year it will take begin on March 13th. It takes place on the 2nd Sunday of March and begins at 2am. It’s observed in the USA, Canada, lot of European countries and other countries as well.

It ends every year on the first Sunday in November at 2am, which it reverts to standard time. When we change in November, we say we: “Fall back.”

There are 2 states that don’t observe Daylight Savings Time in the US and one province in Canada. The states are: Hawaii and Arizona. Also, these US territories don’t observe it: American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands. The Canadian province is Saskatchewan – most of the province does not follow Daylight Savings Time.

Why do we have Daylight Savings Time? Why do we change our clocks 2 times a year? Because it saves electricity. It gives us an extra hour of sunlight. This means we don’t need to use lights in our house, as much during this extra hour. Also, the government says that it prevents car accidents. There are fewer accidents in the daylight according to statistics.

In 2007 they increased Daylight Savings Time by 1 month, this way we can save even more electricity.

3 Responses on “Daylight Savings Time”

  1. Agata says:

    I always thought until now that the time changes everywhere on the same day. But obviously I was wrong 🙂
    We in Slovakia spring forward in only 2 weeks and fall back 2 weeks sooner as well. However, I can´t just imagine how it functions when someone travels to a country where this DST doesn´t occur….
    I really appreciate your contributions, good luck!

  2. Melanie says:

    Until now I always thought that the time changes everywhere on the same day. But obviously I was wrong 🙂
    We in Slovakia spring forward in only 2 weeks and fall back 2 weeks sooner as well. However, I can´t just imagine how it functions when someone travels to a country where this DST doesn´t occur….
    I really appreciate your contributions, good luck!

  3. Yvonne says:

    Yes, we don’t switch to the new time in France until this coming Sunday. I didn’t realize it was different until I wrote this post. Thanks for your comment!

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