When is Daylight Saving Time for 2010? For this year in fall 2010 Daylight Savings Time comes to an end on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 2 a.m. You will gain an hour of sleep this fall 2010 when you “fall back” and move your clocks back one hour on November 7, 2010. Daylight Saving Time 2010, and not Daylight Savings Time with an “s”, wasn’t created just to confuse everyone and possibly make us late to work.
Daylight Saving Time is in place to hopefully create a longer period of daylight for part of the year so that we use less energy in lighting our businesses and homes. Daylight Saving Time was first put in place long ago in World War I as the United States war machine took precedence and the country was trying to save as much energy as possible. Then came World War II and the government again required everyone to observe the rules of Daylight Savings Time.
By 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, this Act put in place the exact rules that all states would follow for eight months out of the year called Daylight Saving Time. Starting in 2007 Daylight Savings time became four weeks longer when Congress passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This Act expanded the time period for Daylight Saving Time for four additional weeks. So now Daylight Savings time starts on the second Sunday of March each year and ends on the first Sunday of November, this year falling on November 7, 2010.
Daylight Savings Time 2010 ending also means that for the next few months, until March 2011, the names of the time zones in the United States will change to reflect that Daylight Savings time has ended. This additional confusing component of the whole Daylight Savings Time 2010 means that:
Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) will now be Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Central Daylight Time (CDT) will now be Central Standard Time (CST).
Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) will now be Mountain Standard Time (MST).
Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) will now be Pacific Standard Time (PST).
The phrase “Spring forward, Fall back” also can help you to remember how Daylight Saving Time works. Remember that in the Spring you “spring forward” and set your clocks one hour ahead, then in the fall you “fall back” and set your clocks back one hour.