Daylight Saving Time 2019: When Does the Time Change?

Scot Gow works on clocks at Electric Time Company in Medfield

David L. Ryan Globe Staff Scott Gow works on clocks at Electric Time Company in Medfield

Don't forget to set your clocks. The clocks change again on Sunday, November 3, so you have something to look forward to/dread again. Doctors see the opposite trend in the fall: The day after we turn back the clocks, heart attack visits drop 21% as people enjoy a little extra pillow time. Do we still need to do it?

Don't know what the goal of Daylight Saving Time is? Before it, many countries ran on solar time, which relies on the position of the sun in the sky. According to The Franklin Institute, his piece, "An Economical Project", argues for the benefits of daylight hours, saying it would make Parisians more money.

While Willet's idea may have been rejected in England, it found its first foothold in an unexpected place: the halls of the German government during World War I. In 1916, as the war raged, the German government was seeking ways to conserve energy when Willet's concept was brought to the table and accepted. While it was called the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks, it actually didn't take effect until 2007. Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands all decline for the same reason as Hawaii: The closer you are to the equator, the less seasons impact the length of your day.

So, should we still schedule our lives around daylight saving time?

Energy savings from changing clocks has historically been negligible at best.

Your evening commute will get brighter.

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"People tend to shop, dine out, and engage in commercial activities more in after-work daylight", the commission found. They also spend more money, which is good for the economy. Europe came on board soon after, followed by the U.S.in 1918. The agency also says it prevents traffic injuries - an argument opponents disagree with.

Several petitions on Change.org call for Ontario to stop observing the twice-yearly time change. Federal law allows a state to exempt itself from observing DST, upon action by the state legislature to do so.

ME lawmakers will consider a pair of bills next week, to end the time change in our state. That doesn't mean another won't be introduced later.

Not everyone wants to get rid of the practice. The U.S. Fire Administration says that you should change the batteries at least every year unless the alarms are over ten years old.

This weekend, we'll spring forward one hour for the start of Daylight Saving Time.

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