While we change our clocks twice a year, it can still be a little confusing to know which way to adjust, and when. If you’re wondering when Daylight Saving ends this year, just know that you’re not alone.
The reason why we change clocks is right in its name — to help save daylight. While Ben Franklin is often credited for being the first to use the system, it was actually Englishman William Willett, who was a huge advocate of saving daylight. In fact, Willett went so far as to publish a pamphlet called “The Waste of Daylight.” By 1916, the Parliament decided to give it a shot, according to Live Science.
Soon after, a lot of countries considered Daylight Saving Time to be a good way to stop depending on artificial lighting and help conserve a little bit of energy.
In the United States, almost all states and territories turn their clocks back and forth, except for Arizona (aside from those in the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, The Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Now that you’ve got a bit of history under your belt, you should know that you’ll want to change your clocks back on November 5th.
The exact time of the change-over will be 2 a.m — at that time, you can officially set your clocks back to 1. That means there’ll be a little more light in the morning (and you can grab an extra hour of sleep).
Those who live in Europe will be switching their clocks on October 29th this year. Those in Australia and the parts of South America that practice Daylight Saving Time are on a reverse schedule since seasons in the southern hemisphere are opposite ours.
For those of us in the U.S., the next time we’ll be changing clocks after this will be on Sunday, March 11th, 2018. Clocks will be moved one hour forward, meaning that you’ll see the sun more throughout the evening.
Sure, it may be a bit of a bummer to change your clocks that don’t change themselves (we’re looking at you, oven), but when think of the system as a way to keep more sunshine in your day, it’s all worth it.