Daylight Saving Time 2015 is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from Standard Time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, in order to make better use of natural daylight. But when is it?
When is Daylight Saving Time 2015 (often called Daylight Savings Time) in the USA?
The daylight saving time change is Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2:00 a.m.
Sunrise will be about an hour earlier and there will be more light in the mornings, but it also means sunset will be at 4:53 p.m. The daylight will dwindle over the next two months as we head into winter, until Daylight Savings on March 8, 2016, when we will “spring” forward again.
Daylight saving time (DST) is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months by one hour so that in the evening daylight is experienced an hour longer, while sacrificing normal sunrise times. Typically, users in regions with summer time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time.
New Zealander George Hudson proposed the modern idea of daylight saving in 1895.Germany and Austria-Hungary organized the first implementation, starting on 30 April 1916. Many countries have used it at various times since then, particularly since the energy crisis of the 1970s.
The practice has received both advocacy and criticism. Putting clocks forward benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but can cause problems for evening entertainment and for other activities tied to sunlight, such as farming. Although some early proponents of DST aimed to reduce evening use of incandescent lighting, which was formerly a primary use of electricity, modern heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly and research about how DST currently affects energy use is limited or contradictory.
Daylight Savings facts & Clock Change:
- Benjamin Franklin started Daylight Savings. In his essay entitled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light”, Franklin suggested “people could save candles by getting up earlier and making better use of available light”. In 1907, William Willett championed the idea. It was brought to the United States by way of a businessman from Pittsburgh named Robert Garland, a who first came upon the idea while in England.
- DST started when “war time” was established in the U.S. in 1918 to save fuel during World War I.
- In 1999, the time change disrupted terrorist plans for a bombing in Israel.The West Bank was on Daylight Saving Time while Israel had just switched back to standard time. The time change confused the terrorists. The bombs were planted, but detonated an hour early, killing three terrorists.
- On August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act on that day, setting the official end time for DST as the first Sunday in November. From 1986-2006, Daylight Saving Time began on the first Sunday in April and ended on the last Sunday in October.
- Daylight Savings is at 2 a.m. because according to Live Science, that’s considered to be the least disruptive time of day.