Thursday, March 8, 2018

Daylight Savings Time 2018: Spring Forward Time Change

Change Clockds During Daylight Savings Time 2018

If you are asking, "When does Daylights Savings time start in 2018 in the U.S.A.?" The answer is the date that Daylight Savings Time (DST) will begin for Florida is at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Daylight Savings Time 2017 begins before Easter (or Resurrection Sunday) when days become longer and longer heading closer to the Spring Equinox.

The rest of the United States will also turn their clocks forward on March 11, 2017 with the exception of Hawaii and Arizona because those states do not practice Daylight Savings Time.

This means that we lose (not gain) an hour when we turn our clocks ahead an hour to 3:00 a.m. when our clocks reach 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.

A helpful way to remember whether to set our clocks ahead or behind one hour during the Daylight Saving Time change for Spring 2018 is to "Fall Back" and "Spring Ahead."

Daylight Saving Time will end again on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

Why was Daylight Saving Time Created?

Benjamin Franklin did not propose Daylight Saving Time. This misconception grew out of the  proverb "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" that was published in Franklin's Poor Richards' Alamanac.

Daylight Savings Time actually started in Europe during World War I as a way to economize fuel usage. The United States started Daylight Savings Time a year after WWI in 1918.

What was the first country to institute Daylight Saving Time?

Germany and Austria-Hungary, also known as the Axis Powers in World War I, first instituted Daylight Saving Time nationwide in 1916 in order to economize energy usage during the war.

Correct Spelling of Daylight Savings Time

Is it "Daylight Savings Time 2018" or "Daylight Saving Time 2018"?  The correct term is without the "s" but the added "s" has become widely used in the United States.

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