When local standard time is about to reach 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2015, clocks are turned backwards 1 hour to Sunday, November 1, 2015, 1 a.m local daylight time instead.
It always feels as if winter is approaching when sunrise and sunset come an hour earlier. In a few days it will be darker much quicker in the evenings! It's a good time to check the outdoor lights on your home, or headlights and tail-lights on your car. This time of year is also a great reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors in your home.
Daylight Savings Time is practiced to conserve energy. In general, energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly connected to when we go to bed and when we get up. Bedtime for most of us is late evening through the year. When we go to bed, we turn off the lights and TV.
In the average home, 25% of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, such as TVs and stereos. A good percentage of energy consumed by lighting and appliances occurs in the evening when families are home.
Embrace the time change and the extra hour you will have this Sunday, November 1st! Don't forget to turn your clock backwards an hour when you go to bed this Saturday evening.
When's the next time change?
Spring forward one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 6, 2016.