November 20, 2017

Turn Your Clocks Back This Sunday

daylight_savings(Franklin) — Clocks in Heard County will turn back an hour at 2 a.m. this Sunday, marking the beginning of regular standard time for the next few months.

This means that this fall weekend will be one hour longer than normal and it will get dark one hour earlier in the coming evenings.

Standard time will be used through March 8, when clocks will “spring” forward once again to begin Daylight Saving Time.

Ironically, standard time is no longer the normal time. About two-thirds of the days during each calendar year now work on Daylight Saving Time. The rules last changed in 2007, the result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The change was an effort to cut energy consumption, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Daylight Saving Time now begins on the second Sunday of March each year and ends on the first Sunday of November.

Daylight Savings Time has roots tracing back to 1918 in the United States, though not all places have always observed it. Currently, it is not implemented in Hawaii and most of Arizona.

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