On Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 2 a.m., Daylight Saving Time ends in the United States. Unless you are a night owl, like myself, you want to be sure you set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed. That is, unless, you live in Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands.
Since the federal government doesn’t force the observation of daylight saving time, people living in those states and territories can just go on about their business while the rest of us make sure our clocks are synchronized.
Time changes this weekend as we “fall back” in fall to a new time. You get to sleep in for an hour and you’re probably going to walk around the first few days feeling like it’s an hour later than what it really is. It takes some time for the body to adjust which brings many people to ask the question, “Why do we observe this time change in the first place?”
Is it still necessary? Plus, are you saying it wrong? The proper term is “Daylight Saving Time” yet the slang term is “Daylight Savings Time”. If you’re saying the latter, you’re technically wrong. However, it’s so commonly used, you’ll even hear news reporters use the slang version.
Daylight Saving Time was originally created to conserve energy. This was done by extending the daylight to hours where people are awake. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “up with the sun” then you can understand what this means.
There are people today who feel that our modern way of life has done away with the need for Daylight Saving Time. We are no longer lighting our homes with candles and electricity works whenever we want it to, regardless of what time it is outside. So are we really saving energy anymore when people just come and go as they please regardless of the time or whether or not the sun is up?
Learn more about Daylight Saving Time 2010 from National Geographic Online.
Get tips on how to prepare for Daylight Saving Time 2010 here.