REMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD BY ONE HOUR BEFORE YOU GO TO BED THIS SATURDAY NIGHT. Daylight Savings Time officially begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13 and ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 6.
DST gives us the opportunity to enjoy sunny summer evenings by moving our clocks an hour forward in the spring. Its implementation has been fraught with controversy since Benjamin Franklin conceived of the idea with regions and countries routinely changing their approaches to Daylight Savings Time.
Benjamin Franklin wrote about his idea of daylight saving in 1784 in an essay, “An Economical Project.” It was first advocated seriously by London builder William Willett (1857-1915) in his 1907 pamphlet, “Waste of Daylight.” After riding through the neighborhoods of London, Willett was struck by the fact that the blinds of nearby houses were closed even though the sun was fully risen. In his pamphlet he wrote: “Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings. Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used.”
Quite an elegant way to express what we Americans love about Daylight Savings Time – Enjoying the great outdoors for an extra hour each evening. Even though you may be a bit bleary-eyed this Sunday morning with one less hour of sleep, go to bed right at dark on Sunday night after enjoying a longer, sunshine-filled day.
DON’T FORGET — SPRING AHEAD INTO SPRING THIS SATURDAY!!