Daylight Savings Time!
This weekend at about 2:00am on Sunday morning it’s time to switch your clock back an hour because of Daylight Saving Time. I’m not suggesting you actually fiddle with your clock at 2:00am but just remember to do it before you get to bed so you can enjoy that extra hour of sleep.
WHAT IS DST?
Daylight Saving Time, also known as DST, begins the second Sunday in March when we move our clocks forward an hour and it ends eight months later in November when we push our clocks back. In the spring we lose an hour of sleep because our clocks ‘ SPRING FORWARD’ and in the fall be gain an hour of sleep as our clocks ‘FALL BACK’.
WHOSE BRIGHT IDEA WAS DST?
This ‘BRIGHT IDEA’ was suggested by Benjamin Franklin back in his day but never caught on. William Willett, an English builder revived the idea in 1907, and eight years later Germany was the first nation to adopt daylight time. The reason: energy conservation. Britain quickly followed suit and then other parts of Europe, Canada and the United States, followed suit during the First World War.
WHY MESS WITH TIME?
The reason for messing with the clocks is energy conservation. Because the sun shone for a time while most people were still asleep in the morning, it was reasoned that light could be better used during the day. The solution was to push the clocks ahead one hour in springtime, forcing people to wake an hour earlier. They would therefore expend less energy trying to light their homes, for instance, if time were adjusted to suit their daily patterns.
DST is implemented in order to make better use of natural daylight and hey, whose gonna argue with a little more daylight and energy conservation? Well, Saskatchewan, that’s who and a few pockets in British Columbia, Ontario & Quebec. It might make things a little complicated when some Canadians implement Daylight Saving Time and others don’t but it is up to each province and jurisdiction whether or not to move the clocks.
ENJOY THE HOUR!
Whether it makes sense or not we hope you make good use of and enjoy your extra hour this weekend!