Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time 2022: When Does the Time Change?

World War I led to the adoption of DST

After World War I had broken out, attitudes changed. People needed to conserve coal used for heating their homes; this led to changing time zones. Germany was the first country to use such tactics – they did so in 1915 when they made it so clocks would move one hour ahead of normal time from the summer months until October (for fuel-saving purposes). In 1916, a similar tactic was introduced here in Britain: The clocks would change from 11 am back 12 pm from May 21st through October 1st.

The first documented evidence of people who wished to set clocks ahead came in 1885 when William Willett filed a patent for the double summertime. His idea was quickly turned down and forgotten until 1907, when he tried again and had his idea rejected once more. It wasn’t until World War I where some countries followed suit for efficiency purposes. But even then, American citizens opposed it because they felt that clock time shouldn’t take precedence over sun time. One proposal from a writer in the Saturday Evening Post suggested changing June’s date so that it starts at the end of February instead.

Daylight Saving Postcard

Prior to World War 1, a sense of patriotism didn’t exist as it does today. On top of lacking unity, people had neither respect nor admiration for their government during peacetime due to scandals that had occurred before the war such as intense corruption in government agencies and widespread disbelief that only the wealthiest few prospered and an unending addiction to luxury even when basic necessities became scarce. The decade before WW1 ended (before America entered) changed this drastically– patriotism skyrocketed while corruption declined drastically– after all, it could be argued WW1 played a role in closing many loopholes. But why did this happen? History may have viewed these events differently if they happened earlier or later. Had history not panned out this way- all sorts of other outcomes would’ve transpired. What if America’s ambition during World War One caused all these changes instead?

With the public opinion on their side, Congress made an official announcement that clocks were going to be moved forward one hour at 2:00 AM on March 31st. [1918] Canadians also followed suit shortly thereafter. They wanted everyone to follow and decrease time spent awake during daylight hours- so it was encouraged for people to go to bed at 8:00 PM instead of staying up until 11:00 PM or even 1:00 AM.

The farmers did not favor DST

Much of America incorrectly believes farmers were the driving force behind Daylight Saving Time- this is far from true. In actuality, farmers (as a group) did everything they could to oppose the implementation of DST; and unsurprisingly, this dated back to its introduction.

When World War II ended, the lower class members of society who had held their tongues voiced their opinions. Daylight Saving Time was to be ended, arguing that it was beneficial only to wealthy citizens and office workers. Daylight Savings touched on a larger issue of the divide between those living in rural areas and those living in cities. One writer from Literary Digest said the farmer objects to doing his morning chores during nighttime just so his city brother could enjoy a daylight motor ride at 8 PM.

Once known as the War of Daylight Saving, the act was quickly repealed after nearly every state protested. Cows had no concept of time because they were always outside wandering around, so it didn’t matter if it got dark sooner or later. Opponents called for a bill to be introduced to congress and amended DST legislation immediately. There were at least 28 attempts to repeal DST – all successful- making it one of the most popular failures in United States history.

DST Returns 

On December 7th, 1941, he decided to bring up the subject for the first time after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

During World War II, many countries altered their clocks so that they would gain an extra hour of sunlight throughout the day. This helped them conserve energy from burning less oil when there was daylight for longer periods of time.

When Japan surrendered, the States started using DST at their own discretion – starting and stopping it when they pleased.

Inconsistencies and local differences  

As if it wasn’t bad enough for travelers before, the changing of time zones had made it even worse. Bus and train schedules were messed up and there was nothing anyone could do about it but wait for Congress to step in. Thanks to the uniform time act of 1966, everyone in the 50 states standardized Daylight Savings Time: clocks moved forward one hour on the last Sunday in April and reverted back one hour on the last Sunday in October.

The first rule was once one of those things everyone agreed on- until they didn’t. One exception to the law came when state legislatures found a loophole that had been built into it- except for Hawaiians and Arizonans who refused to change their clocks. And then there were Indiana residents; cut off from both time zones in different parts of the state, who just couldn’t make up their minds about DST– leading to constant bickering about whether or not it should be observed for either side of the town.

With the passage of a bill in 1986, daylight saving time was changed from the 11th of march to the first sunday in April. The goal was to save electricity which meant conserving an estimated 300,000 barrels per year. Once Indiana joined this new law, there were now 48 states observing daylight saving time.

It is Daylight Savings Time today

The Daylight Saving Time we live under today was set forth by the United States in 2007, at a time when daylight is abundant enough to keep us energized all day long. Nowadays, most people advance their clocks one hour early on the second Sunday of every March, while they move it back one hour on the first Sunday in November each year. This calculator shows you exactly how much earlier or later sunrise and sunset times will occur with these adjustments.

Farmers are currently fighting to keep the current system in place because of how much they depend on it. There are some who say daylight savings time is a gimmick that does not save either time nor daylight, but instead changes the relationship between ‘sun’ time and ‘clock’ time. Other farmers think it is also deceivingly named- daylight saving should mean actually saving some daylight for later use.

Most Canadians live on daylight saving time. They feel it gives them more light and energy during summer evenings, but there are some drawbacks too. One chicken farmer says that chickens don’t adjust to the change until after a few weeks have passed, making the first week of April or last week of October pretty difficult. One researcher noted that there is more car crashes during DST because people are tired from staying up later than usual, which leads to them being less careful about what they’re doing. But other experts say this law helps reduce crime rates because people stay out longer at night when it’s lighter outside instead of being out at night under cover of darkness

As of 2021, there are still thirty-three (33) states who propose bills to end the practice of switching clocks. Yet, these proposed laws will only go into effect if the federal law changes. The Uniform Time Act would need to be amended so this new legislation can take place. To find out what happened and what state’s bill was passed first, visit our post: The Latest on Which States Have Passed Bills Put a Stop to DST Changes.

A History of Daylight Saving Time

When did daylight saving time begin? 

Should we blame Ben? Daylight saving time isn’t the only name for it, but most people call it Daylight savings time because they think saving is a verb.

The French are so enamored of public noise, they take great care to make all of their churches sound as much alike, during service hours, as possible. Every morning at sunrise they ring all the bells in every church – and if that isn’t enough – then they shoot off a cannon in every street to wake up anyone who might still be asleep.

What is the date of Daylight Saving Time this year?

On Sunday, March 13th, at 2:00 AM local time, we will set our clocks ahead by an hour – otherwise known as daylight saving time. How did this tradition come about? Let’s find out what the big deal with changing times actually is.

How Does Daylight Saving Time Work?

Daylight Saving Time is the tradition of adding an extra hour to each day for summer time. It usually starts in March, but you can turn it on anytime you want! DST has its perks–we have more time for sunlight at night during the warmer months–but it also comes with some drawbacks that people don’t think about enough. (Keep reading for everything you need to know!)

What Daylight Saving Time Will There Be This Year: Does it change this year? 

This time of year it is easy to get confused about Daylight Saving Time. It happens twice a year – once when we spring forward from Standard Time at 2 am on the first Sunday in April to Daylight Savings Time (DST) at 2 am the next day and again when we fall back from DST at 2 am on the last Sunday in October to Standard Time at 2 am the next day.

  • Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday night, clocks are set forward one hour (i.e., losing one hour) to “spring forward.” 
  • Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday night, clocks are set back one hour (i.e., gaining one hour) to “fall back.”

Note: Since the time changes at 2:00 A.M., we generally change our clocks before bed on Saturday.

YearDaylight Saving Time BeginsDaylight Saving Time Ends
2022Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 A.M.Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 A.M.
2023Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 A.M.Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 A.M.
2024Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 A.M.Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 A.M.
2025Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 A.M.Sunday, November 2 at 2:00 A.M.

Note: In the U.S., there are some states where Daylight Saving Time does not apply such as Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa

Is it Daylight “Saving” or “Savings” Time?

When you’re setting your clocks back an hour this Sunday morning, make sure you’re reading the instructions correctly. It’s Daylight Saving Time and not Daylight Savings Time—though many of us are guilty of saying it incorrectly. The saving in Daylight Saving Time is singular because it acts as part of an adjective rather than a verb.

The True Founder of DST? 

In 1906, just after Britain introduced law changes to regulate working time, John Willet published a pamphlet called Waste of Daylight. His argument was simple: Every one is conscious of the lengthening shadows and regrets them; nearly everyone has expressed some sort of regret at the almost universal decline from gaslight or candlelight at breakfast-time.

No one wanted to be bothered with adjusting for Daylight Saving Time, but Willet wasn’t going to take no for an answer. Undeterred by criticism and moral objections to lying about true time, he would spend all his savings on something he knew was necessary. He just needed one or two people who felt the same way he did – anything could happen if they had a chance to talk!