It’s that time of year again, the clocks are changing and we all want to know if it means we get an extra hour in bed or not? Well luckily, we do but why do the clocks change anyway? How did this tradition start?
Daylight Savings Time: Whose idea was it?
William Willett was the man who introduced the idea of Daylight Saving Time, in 1907. His idea was to prevent people from wasting vital hours of light during summer mornings by starting the day earlier, making the mornings darker but creating longer evenings. Unfortunately for him, his idea wasn’t adopted until after his death. The clocks were first put forward in Germany on April 30, 1916 when the clocks were put forward one hour at 11pm. Britain followed suit a month later on May 21. The two nations were at war and the in change in time was used in order to save fuel and give people more time to work in the fields.
When do the clock go back then?
On the last Sunday in October (30.10.2016) 2am morning is when we revert back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) from Daylight Savings Time (DST). This marks the official end of British summertime but the change comes with some bonuses.
First of all, we get an extra hour in bed! Also, the mornings will also be lighter, which is good for children traveling to school and for morning workers such as farmers and postmen. However the main down side is that the evenings will be darker. So when you get home from work, it will be dark and you will need to have your lights on all night.
Do I need to change the time on my device?
Most ‘smart devices’ will change the time automatically so you don’t need to. So devices that connect to the internet or a cellular network, such as phones, laptops and tablets will update themselves. Appliances such as microwaves, ovens and bedside digital clocks will usually need to be adjusted. Likewise, if you have a traditional wind up watch or a battery operated clock don’t forget to change these too.
When will it be light again?
We won’t see lighter nights again until March 26th 2017. The clocks wind forward again at 1am, and British Summer Time begins. So you will be using your lights for 5 or 6 hours a night, everyday until this time. If you have switched to LED bulbs you will be using around 80% less energy than traditional halogen bulbs, saving a huge amount off your energy bills.
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