Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 14th at 2 AM. Since it’s almost Spring, it will soon be time to “spring forward”.
Springing forward and falling back may seem simple enough, but daylight saving’s history has actually been quite complex – and misconceptions about it persist today.
Let’s explore some interesting facts about Daylight Saving Time:
- It’s “daylight saving time,” not “daylight savings time.”
- Englishman William Willett led the first campaign to implement daylight savings time.
- Germany was the first country to enact daylight saving time.
- Daylight saving time in the United States was not intended to benefit farmers, as many people think.
- Not everyone in the United States springs forward and falls back. (Hawaii and Arizona)
Also, use this time to take care of important tasks around your home:
- Change the batteries in your smoke detectors
- Flip your mattress
- Wash your pillows
- Take stock of your medicine cabinet and pantry
- Clean your fridge’s coils
- Vacuum out your dryer’s vent and ducts
- Replace or clean filters around your house
- Clean the oven
- Check your emergency kit