Tips on how to prepare for the return to standard saving time:

  • Reset your clocks back one hour Saturday night before going to bed.
  • Children may have difficulty during bedtime and wake up time, so try to keep routines the same.
  • Be aware of and plan for comfort and safety issues.
  • Many fire departments encourage people to change the battery in their smoke/carbon dioxide detector when they change their clocks because it provides for a convenient reminder.

Daylight saving time facts

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was passed by Congress and then signed into law by President George W. Bush on Aug. 8, 2005. Under the law, daylight saving time (DST) begins on the second Sunday in March. DST ends on the first Sunday in November.

One of the biggest reasons we change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time (DST) is that it reportedly saves electricity. Newer studies, however, are challenging long-held reason.

In general, energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly connected to when we go to bed and when we get up. Bedtime for most of us is late evening through the year. When we go to bed, we turn off the lights and TV.

In the average home, 25 percent of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances. A good percentage of energy consumed by lighting and appliances occurs in the evening when families are home. By moving the clock ahead one hour, we can cut the amount of electricity we consume each day.

– Source: California Energy Commission