Daylight saving time begins the second Sunday in March, when clocks move an hour forward. It ends the first Sunday in November, when we "fall back."
The beginning of daylight saving time means more than just losing an hour of sleep for you Sunday morning. Here’s what you need to know about the time change:
Your evening commute will get brighter.
This week, sunsets in West Michigan have been around 6:42 p.m. Next week, they'll be around 7:42 p.m., making for a brighter evening commute for most people. Mornings will now be darker. Sunrises this week have been around 7:04 a.m.; that will move an hour ahead.
Daylight saving time is 52 years old.
Though the U.S. has other daylight policies dating back to 1918, daylight saving time as it’s currently observed is because of the Uniform Time Act, signed in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
It’s supposed to save energy.
Germany is credited with enacting the first daylight saving time policy in 1916 to save energy during World War I, according to Time magazine. The U.S. adopted its policy for similar reasons, but some recent studies have shown that it could actually increase energy usage.
Not all states 'fall back' or 'spring forward.'
Daylight saving time is observed in most of the United States, with two exceptions: Arizona and Hawaii. Hawaii has never observed daylight saving time, and Arizona's state Legislature voted to opt out in 1968. “That was just not going to fly in a state where triple digits go on for months and residents wake up rooting for sunset,” as the Arizona Republic explained.
Texas could be in store for its last daylight saving time change. A bill has been introduced in the Texas Legislature that would end daylight saving time in the Lone Star State. The state has flirted with the idea of ending daylight saving time in the past, but no bills have passed.
The U.S. isn’t the only country with a policy on daylight.
Most of Canada and Mexico observe a daylight saving time policy, as do most European countries. But many countries in Africa, Asia and South America do not.
Daylight saving time is a boon for some industries.
Extra daylight during the summer means more time for outdoor activities — and more time to make money for some businesses. In 1986, the golf industry and barbecue equipment makers claimed the extra daylight was worth between $200 million and $400 million, according to Time.