This year, Daylight Saving Time will occur on Sunday [Mar.11] at 2 a.m. So, before you go to bed on Saturday, remember to set your clocks ahead an hour.
While you’re at it, the Bermuda Fire Service reminds residents to check the batteries on their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well.
Daylight saving time is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.
Though mentioned by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, the modern idea of daylight saving was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and it was first implemented during the First World War [1914-1918]. Many countries have used it at various times since then; details vary by location.
On the history of daylight savings, “National Geographic” reported, “During World War II the US made daylight saving time mandatory for the whole country, as a way to save wartime resources. Between February 9, 1942, and September 30, 1945, the government took it a step further. During this period daylight saving time was observed year-round, essentially making it the new standard time, if only for a few years.
“Since the end of World War II, though, daylight saving time has always been optional for US states. But its beginning and end have shifted—and occasionally disappeared. During the 1973-74 Arab oil embargo, the US. once again extended daylight saving time through the winter, resulting in a one percent decrease in the country’s electrical load, according to federal studies cited by Prerau. Thirty years later the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was enacted, mandating a controversial monthlong extension of daylight saving time, starting in 2007.”
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