It’s that time of year again where we gain an extra hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time. Since it’s autumn, we use the quote “Spring ahead; fall back” to know whether or not we move our clocks ahead or backwards. For some, that may be the only thing you know about DST, but there’s a lot more behind this practice than you might think. For instance, DST ended last night, and it starts in the springtime. It’s a small fact that not many people pay attention to.
Germany and Austria were actually the first to use Daylight Savings Time during World War I. This would allow for them to reserve coal during wars. The entire world does not run on one standard Daylight Savings Time; rather each country typically has its own form of it. Here in America, we know that we switch our clocks at 2:00 AM. In some places like the EU, they switch at 1:00 AM. They do this because the EU is always an hour ahead of Central European Time (CET). DST might also save us some energy. According to the US DOT, we may be saving 1% of energy per year because of DST.
Technology is also becoming more advanced. Most household items that have clocks now automatically change times so you don’t have to. In my house, even my alarm system and oven change automatically!
Those are just a few fun facts. If you want to learn even more about the history of Daylight Savings Time, just Google it!
Next time we switch our clocks, just think that you’re following a practice that’s been used around the world for a long, long time.