It is almost time to turn the clocks back. On November 3rd, the clocks will be turned back an hour for most people in the United States.
The actual time is 2:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. That means at that point, the new time will be 1:00 AM. The new time may mean an extra hour of sleep, but it also means it will get dark an hour earlier. Daylight Savings Time occurs when we move the clocks forward an hour in the spring in order to give the afternoons more daylight.
Benjamin Franklin suggested the idea in 1784, but it wasn’t utilized until World War I when Britain and Germany began the practice to save energy. The United States observed DST at various times throughout and after World War II, but did not make it official until The Uniform Time Act of 1966. The dates have changed over the years. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended Daylight Saving Time by one month; the current schedule was implemented in 2007.
Studies have shown that the increased daylight prevents traffic fatalities and saves energy, but controversy rages on.
Daylight Savings Time works differently around the world. For example, the United Kingdom is turning back the clocks a week earlier on October 31st. Arizona and Hawaii do not observe Daylight Savings Time at all. In addition, several US territories do not observe either. An energy law in 2005 extended Daylight Savings Time to the first Sunday in November.