This is a friendly reminder from the Big Guys to set your clocks back if you’re in a region that follows daylight saving time. We’ve also provided a few more details for those who, for whatever reason, may not know much about daylight saving time. For one, I’ve been saying daylight savings time my whole life until I had to edit this article! Apparently it is “daylight saving”.
What you need to know about daylight saving
Many countries have used daylight saving time for some time now, but not all countries in the world do so. If you are not familiar with how daylight saving works, the main purpose of daylight saving time or simply, summer time (as some of you Big Guy fans across the pond may say), is basically to make better use of daylight. This has us changing our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.
In the US, daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday of November. Although most people see daylight saving as that time clocks are moved forward or backwards, there is more to it. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of daylight saving time.
Why do we need daylight saving?
As mentioned earlier, the main reason of daylight saving time is to make better use of daylight. The hope is that people can increase their productive hours by adjusting their clocks to add one more hour to their evening.
Spring forward. Lose an hour. Do not pass go!
The daylight saving time for 2017 began on Sunday, March 12, and clocks were set forward an hour between 2 a.m and 3 a.m. We essentially lost an hour since we robbed the 2 o’clock hour of it’s 60 minutes of fame to gain more sunlight in the evening for activities!
Fall back to reclaim your hour investment
Daylight saving time for 2017 ends Sunday, November 5, and clocks are moved back an hour at 2 a.m. as it reclaims its lost fame and gets two hours to shine! On Sunday morning, it will feel like everything is starting an hour later, so if you work, attend a religious service, or have other plans, make sure you adjust your clocks accordingly!
Not all parts of the U.S. move their clocks
Most parts of the United States will move their
clocks during the daylight saving time windows. It is however crucial to note that there are a few exceptions. These are Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and most of Arizona (the Navajo Indian Reservation does make the change).
Some clocks will adjust automatically
Although wrist watches and wall clocks that are not connected to the Internet might not adjust automatically, any clock attached to the internet or a wireless network like your cell phones, laptops, and tablets will automatically adjust. So make sure you double check just to be sure.
For other clocks such as plugin-in alarms, wall clocks, or car clocks, you’ll need to adjust them.
Having trouble making the change?
If you’re having trouble making the change, or if you just hate changing your time manually on those few relics that you have around the house, here are some options for you that may help:
This baby sets itself AND automatically adjusts for daylight saving time!
For those who still use wall clocks, here is one that will also set itself and adjust for daylight saving time.