Well, it’s going to be brighter, later for everyone, beginning this Sunday, March 13, as we “spring forward” one hour for Daylight Saving Time 2022!
While many lament “losing an hour of sleep,” there are some steps you can take to make the transition easier:
Why Do We Change the Clocks At All?
The first Daylight Saving Time was observed in 1918, but it took another 48 years before the practice became standardized, in 1966.
The reason behind the decision to change the clocks for 30 weeks was to take advantage of daylight hours in the evenings, providing opportunities to spend time outdoors and enjoy longer periods of daylight after school and work. (In 2005, Daylight Saving was extended into the first weekend in November, giving us 34 weeks of DST.)
Another big reason is energy consumption. When people wake by their alarms before sunrise, they are more likely to turn on lights; and if they return home and have minimal daylight hours after work, they are likely to head indoors at dusk and turn on lights and indoor appliances, such as televisions and computers.
And there are human benefits, as well. In addition to energy conservation, commuters are less likely to suffer traffic injuries when driving during daylight hours. And some studies reveal lower crime rates during DST, since people do their shopping and errands during daylight hours, rather than after dark.
At Windsong, Daylight Saving Time means we kick off another season of tending to our courtyard gardens, firing up the grill, taking walks through the community, and getting to know our neighbors, all of which are easier and more enjoyable activities when we aren’t yawning or worried about hurrying home before dark.
It’s a bright future – and it begins this Sunday at 2 am! Don’t forget!
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