Day Light Saving

April 4, 2021
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Most of us will set our clocks an hour forward on Sunday at 2 a.m.


HINT: It has nothing to do with helping farmers.

3 Things To Know About Daylight Saving Time (DST)

  1. Not intended to make longer days for farmers, but rather to help conserve energy used for light/heat (coal) during WWI.
  2. The need for DST has always been a topic of debate. Today, about 70 countries observe DST – that’s less than 40% of world.
  3. Daylight saving time lasts 8 months. Standard time lasts 4 months.


  • Federal gov’t mandated daylight saving time (DST) in 1918 during WWI, & again during WWII.
  • 1966: Congress standardized DST start & end dates requiring observing states to be in sync, but allowed states to opt out.
  • 2005: Congress re-set the start of DST to the 2nd Sunday in March & set the end for the 1st Sunday in November.

Did You Know?

States are not required to observe DST, but congressional approval is required to keep year-round daylight saving time

  • Nine states have passed laws to keep year-round (permanent) daylight saving time, which await Congress’ approval.
  • Two states – Arizona (except Navajo territories) and Hawaii – as well as five major U.S. territories, don’t observe DST & keep year-round standard time.
“I prefer Daylight Savings over Standard but in the end what I really want is to end this stupid twice a year time shift. Let’s #LockTheClock

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who has introduced two federal bills since 2018 to eliminate the time shift and make daylight saving time permanent. President Trump has also voiced his support for keeping year-round daylight saving time.

Changing our clocks was controversial from the beginning with complaints about BIG gov't. According to a 2019 poll by the Associated Press, less than a third of people like switching the clocks twice each year. What would you prefer? See if your state has pending legislation on our source page.

Daylight Saving Time

by Jenna Lee,