Daylight Saving Time 2015 might feel overdue right about now as the daylight hours wane a bit with each new day. If you are like many folks across the nation today, you are searching for “Daylight Saving Time 2015” to find out when the clocks fall back. If you are from Australia or Europe, you are searching for “Daylight Savings Time,” but either way, you want to know when to change those clocks!
It is still dark as many start their morning commute, so right about now it feels like a change is needed soon! According to Syracuse.com on October 23, for those of you who seem to remember Daylight Saving Time ending in October, you are correct, but that was changed in 2007.
Since that change several years back Daylight Saving Time ends the first Sunday in November and for 2015, it also happens to be on the first day of November. Daylight Saving Time will officially end on Sunday November 1, at 2 a.m., which is the wee hours of the morning. If you are like most folks, you won’t be waiting up to change those clocks, you will change them before you go to bed.
According to Patch, when Daylight Saving Time ends the sun will rise an hour earlier in the morning, which is great for the morning folks, but if the sun is rising earlier, it is also setting earlier. When the time change takes place next weekend, sunset will be at 4:43 p.m. in Boston; 4:45 in Chicago, and 5:00 in Los Angeles.
The daylight hours will continue to wane until the shortest day of the year, December 21. On that day the sun will set at 4:15 p.m. in Boston, 4:22 in Chicago, and 4:48 in Los Angeles. This leaves us with less than 10 hours of sunlight a day. The good news is that we start to gain sunlight come December 22!
The U.S. Department of Transportation oversees the time zones and Daylight Saving Time and their website offers up three positive reasons for this time change system to be in place:
Saving energy is one of the reasons offered up in favor of Daylight Saving Time. “The sun sets one hour later in the evenings, so the need to use electricity for household lighting and appliances is reduced. People tend to spend more time outside in the evenings during Daylight Saving Time, which reduces the need to use electricity in the home.” The website also suggests that “because the sunrise is very early in the morning during the summer months, most people will awake after the sun has already risen, which means they turn on fewer lights in their homes.”
Another positive reason for the clocks to change twice a year is that it saves lives by reducing the accidents on the roadways across the nation. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, “It saves lives and prevents traffic injuries. During Daylight Saving Time, more people travel to and from school and work and complete errands during the daylight.”
Last, but certainly not least, Daylight Saving Time reduces crime. The website explains: “It reduces crime. During Daylight Saving Time, more people are out conducting their affairs during the daylight rather than at night, when more crime occurs.”