Change Clocks: Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight saving time 2021 will end at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 7, 2021, so turn your clock BACK before you retire Saturday night. It will resume on Sunday, March 13, 2022.

Remember, spring forward, fall back!

This is also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Benjamin Franklin first introduced the idea of daylight saving as an economical measure. While visiting in Paris in 1784, he wrote a letter to the editors of the Journal of Paris calling for a tax on every Parisian whose windows were shuttered after sunrise as a way to encourage using sunshine instead of candles. But that was meant more as satire than a serious consideration. This suggestion didn’t really gain any traction until WWI when it was used as a way to save energy.

Several other countries adopted this idea about saving electricity, but the US didn’t pass the law “to save daylight” until 1918 and it allowed individual state governments to decide whether they wanted to continue with the time change. The law resurfaced during WWII but after the war, the time change decision was again left to each state. Some states kept it and others abandoned it. Daylight saving time didn’t officially become law until 1966, under the Uniform Time Act.

The good news is that when you turn your clock BACK before you retire Saturday night, you will gain an extra hour of sleep! The not-so-good news is the fact that daylight is shorter in the winter, which will be more evident since it will be dark earlier. The sun will set on Seabrook Island at 5:26 pm on November 6. The following day it will set at 4:25 pm, slightly more than an hour earlier.

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