Daylight Savings Time 2012--When Do We Set the Clocks Back?

"Spring forward, fall back," is the mantra you need to remember on November 4, 2012.


Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 4, at 2am, right before the Presidential election on November 6.

You will be setting your clock back one hour, following the adage of “spring forward, fall back.” The “extra” hour gives you a chance to catch up on the sleep you lost in March when the clocks moved forward and Daylight Savings Time began.

The federal government doesn’t require states to adopt Daylight Savings Time, so Arizona doesn’t. Indiana used to ignore Daylight Savings, but now observes it. Indiana is the only state, however, with counties in two time zones. Ones snuggled up close to Lake Michigan and Chicago are on Central Time, but the rest of the state is on Eastern Standard Time.

In an effort to save resources during World War II, the U.S. made daylight saving time mandatory for the whole country. And it was observed the entire year.

Some studies have shown that extending Daylight Savings Time results in a reduction in energy consumption; other studies suggest just the opposite.

Paula Loniak October 25, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I think it's past time for us (our country) to be messing with our "inner clocks" twice a year. Some people might well be able to adjust easily to the changes, but some of us have a more difficult ability to physically & mentally switch from one day to the next. There is no longer a reason/need for this practice. I think we should simply stay on Daylight Savings Time (and Arizona can decide what THEY want to do in a special election). I HATE the time change, especially the one when we return to Standard Time; it messes with my body & mind.
Mike Moore October 29, 2012 at 05:05 AM
amen sister! I agree! Why waste the energy, I have not found one person who likes the fact that it gets dark at 5:00PM. Even a little earlier in December, so lets stand together and keep the daylight saving time year round!!! WHo's with me?


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