23 Sep

Why do we change the clocks every year?

Each year, most states in the Unites States will time travel. No, not with a machine, but with Daylight Saving Time! On Nov. 1 at 2 a.m., we “fall back” and turn our clocks back exactly one hour. This means that we get an extra hour that day, because we repeat an hour!

When we set our clocks back in the fall, we are going back to “standard” time. We will be on standard time until next March, when Daylight Saving Time starts again. Then we “spring forward” to time travel again by setting our clock forward one hour.

In the United States, every state except Arizona and Hawaii uses Daylight Saving Time. This clock change means we can save power by turning our lights on later. It also means that we are able to spend more time outside at night and get more done!

This “fall back” is a good reminder of how nice it is to have savings to fall back on. Use Daylight Saving Time to boost your savings at Navigator Credit Union—it will help you “spring forward” when the time comes.

Did you know?
Here are some fun facts about the time change:

  • Benjamin Franklin was the first person to suggest Daylight Saving Time.
  • In 2007, a pair of twins was born 34 minutes apart. The first was born at 1:32 a.m., but because of Daylight Saving Time, the second was born at 1:06 a.m.
  • Amtrak trains stop at the next station at 2 a.m. and wait an hour before starting again. That way, they can get where they are going at the right time. When time moves forward in the spring, they are an hour behind schedule!
  • Different places used to start and end Daylight Saving Time when they wanted to. This created problems. On one bus trip from Ohio to West Virginia, riders had to change their watches seven times in 35 miles!