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Daylight Savings Time Coming to an End

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Unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii or parts of Indiana you need to set your clocks back by one hour tonight. However, due to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, this is the last time that you’ll be doing so in October. That’s right, from next year on, the date for ‘falling back’ will be the first Sunday in November instead of the last Sunday in October. Daylight Savings Time will also kick in earlier in the spring (2nd Sunday in March), effectively extending Daylight Savings Time by several weeks. The main reason for the change is that Daylight Savings Time reduces energy usage nationally by around 1% per day. Interestingly, the change has pushed Canada to follow suit because they want to stay on the same page with their largest trading partner (us).

Posted by on October 28, 2006.

Categories: Energy

4 Responses

  1. Thought you should know: Indiana adopted DST this year. We’ll turn our clocks back, too.

    by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2006 at 11:11 pm

  2. Thanks, I didn’t know that. Back when we lived in Indiana that whole Eastern in the summer, Central in the winter thing was the most confusing thing for friends and family elsewhere to keep straight. They never knew when to call.

    by Nickel on Oct 28, 2006 at 11:17 pm

  3. So what happens to all the devices that automatically switch between DT and ST time based on the date? I am assuming they will all break next year with the period increases.

    by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2006 at 6:40 am

  4. Windows will probably have an update to fix the problem ahead of time.

    Frankly, I am glad that it is being extended. Where I live, I’d rather stay on Atlantic Standard Time since I live far enough east that we really should be in that time zone. Extending daylight savings time will at least give me a few more weeks of the sun staying up past 3 or 4 in the afternoon.

    by Anonymous on Oct 30, 2006 at 9:40 am

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