Daylight Saving Time might have crossed your mind recently since March is here and if you are like most people, you notice that the days are getting longer. This usually indicates the clocks will be changing soon, and they will on March 8.
According to AOL.News on Feb. 27, it’s time to “spring ahead,” as this is the Daylight Saving Time event where you lose an hour of sleep, while the one that comes in November allows you to gain that extra hour of sleep. This twice-a-year routine happens on the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November.
In the Northeast the sun goes down as it nears the 6 p.m. hour this time of year, so next week after the clocks change, it will be pushing 7 p.m. when it is getting dark. This gives folks more sunlight to enjoy when they get out of work. Many who have a dark rush-hour drive in the winter are looking forward to the sun still shining as they make their way home from work.
One of the debates that come up each time Daylight Saving Time is about to hit again is “Saving vs. Savings.” Which is the correct terminology for this clock changing event? When you look at the headlines, you will see both. Some call this Daylight Savings Time, while others use the correct term of Daylight Saving Time, reports Patch.
According to Time and Date.com, Daylight Savings Time is “used to describe the possible energy or electricity savings that are made (or not made) as a result of such a schedule.” When referring to the event of turning back the clock (DST) it is Daylight Saving Time. This is the correct term for “the practice of advancing clocks to save energy because it refers to a time for saving daylight.”
Still folks use both when referring to the event, maybe because it seems to roll off the tongue easier, Daylight Savings Time? While the U.S. does not add the “s” to savings, other countries do when describing the event of turning the clocks back or ahead. Your neighbors to the north, Canada, refer to the clock change as “Daylight Savings Time.” Australia also uses the “s” for Savings.”
Sunday, March 8, 2015 is the date to turn the clocks ahead and while many do this before going to bed, the exact time the DST kicks in is at 2 a.m. Sunday. With all the digital clocks lately taking care of their own time changes, each year it seems folks have fewer clocks to manually change for Daylight Saving Time. Unless you love the antique clocks, manually turning the clock back or ahead might just be a thing of the past in the future as clocks get smarter every year!