So, when is Daylight Saving Time for 2017 (which is often called Daylight Savings Time) in the USA during the Fall? This year, the date falls in November. So, on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2 a.m., set your clocks back one hour … or you could just turn your clocks back before you go to sleep on Saturday night in order to save yourself the trouble. Don’t worry about your cell phones because they reset themselves. And, if you’re out for the night, some bars and restaurants stay open that extra hour, which means another hour of fun, but you’ll have to check with your local establishments. The reason for setting the clocks back is to “fall back” in the fall season, which actually allows people to gain an hour for the day. So, if you have the chance to sleep in, you have just gained an extra hour of a good night’s sleep. Sunrise will now be an hour earlier and you can click here for a sun calculator to find out what time the sun rises in your area.
There are several states and areas that do not follow Daylight Saving Time and those include Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands. The state of Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation in the northern part of Arizona), unlike most of the rest of the United States, doesn’t observe Daylight Savings Time, and hasn’t for about 40 years. There are many areas actually trying to do away with Daylight Saving Time. The NY Times reported in 2014 that shifting our internal clocks because of Daylight Saving Time might be harmful to one’s health. Plus, while some have believed Daylight Saving Time to help save energy, Vox reports that there isn’t a great amount of evidence on this, according to Joseph Stromberg, who reported that, “Despite the fact that daylight saving time was introduced to save fuel, there isn’t strong evidence that the current system actually reduces energy use — or that making it year-round would do so, either. Studies that evaluate the energy impact of DST are mixed. It seems to reduce lighting use (and thus electricity consumption) slightly but may increase heating and AC use, as well as gas consumption. It’s probably fair to say that energy-wise, it’s a wash.”
So, where does Daylight Saving Time originate from? CNN previously reported that the government starting moving into and out of “Daylight Saving Time” during World War I to copy the Germans, who apparently were using the time change to save fuel. After the war, the U.S. got rid of Daylight Saving Time, but, during WWII, it returned and ended up staying in the U.S. Even so, there are reports that versions of Daylight Saving Time started back in the 1800s. Apparently, New Zealander George Vernon Hudson proposed the idea of daylight saving in the year 1895. So, just to recap, if you go to bed before 2 a.m., don’t forget to fix your clocks to avoid confusion when you wake. Daylight Saving Time will begin again Sunday, March 11, 2017.