Don’t forget to “fall back” an hour before going to bed tonight. Daylight-saving time ends 2 a.m. Sunday, which means it would be a good idea to turn your clocks back an hour to standard time before turning in for the night.
For all the complaints that have been voiced about the practice over the years, daylight-saving time has been a successful program for curtailing energy use in the United States. The additional hour of sunlight has helped Americans save on their electric bills. It’s been a very simple idea: If there is light outdoors, there are fewer lights turned on inside homes across this country.
The start of daylight-saving time in the United States was moved in 2007 from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March, now officially ending on the first Sunday in November.
As some opponents to the change have noted, extending daylight-saving time is not a perfect solution because children in some parts of the country are forced to go to school in the dark.
Even so, extending daylight-saving time has helped reduce this country’s dependence on fossil fuels, increase retail activity and lower crime statistics. Extending daylight-saving time is one of only a few true conservation measures approved by Congress in recent years. It’s an important and practical approach to curbing this nation’s energy costs.
In addition to saving energy, daylight-saving time also has helped to save thousands of lives each year. The start and finish of daylight-saving time has become an opportunity to replace batteries in smoke detectors in the home.
Firefighters say having a properly functioning smoke detector in the home more than doubles a person’s chances of surviving a house fire.