Now that the family has settled into the new school year, it’s time to add a new twist to the routine: Daylight Saving Time. As parents know too well, convincing your kiddos to head to bed an hour earlier can be a struggle.
The official US Daylight Saving Time Schedule for 2013 ends Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 a.m.
An easy way to remember to set your clocks forward an hour in the Spring and then back an hour in the Fall is the little phrase Spring forward and Fall back.
In 2007, Congress adjusted daylight saving time: starting it three weeks earlier and ending one week later. This was done in an attempt to save energy costs, which, according to the Department of Energy study conducted in 2008 worked. The study showed a decreased 0.5 percent per day, which meant enough power, was saved to heat about 122,000 average U.S. homes for an entire year!
Not all U.S. States and territories observe Daylight Saving Time including Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
European nations also change their clocks to take advantage of the extra daylight. In 1996, a standardized European Summer Time was initiated with EU’s observing DST from the last Sunday in March, through the last Sunday in October.
In the southern hemisphere, their Daylight Saving Time is reversed: beginning in October and ending in March. In 2005, Kyrgyzstan became the only country to observe year-round Daylight Saving Time. This overview lists the countries (and territories) that observe Daylight Saving Time during 2013.
Regardless of when you switch to Daylight saving Time, remember to change both your clocks and your smoke detectors at the same time. Working smoke detectors can double a family’s chance in a fire.