Daylight Savings Time 2011: When Does Daylight Savings Time End This Year?
This is about the time of year when we all start wondering when we’re supposed to “fall back” for daylight savings time. It’s fall, after all. Shouldn’t we all be banging our heads against the steering wheel, trying to remember how to change the time on our car chronometers, again soon? Heck, I’ve got watches I still haven’t “sprung forward” on that I can just go back to wearing once the big swicheroo happens.
The whole business can be confusing. Particularly after the government extended it by one month in 2007. According to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 AM on the second Sunday in March and ends at 2 AM on the first Sunday of November. In 2011, that will be November 5th.
Daylight Savings Time is observed in most of the United States. If you live in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or most of Arizona, however, don’t bother with clock swapping. If you’re wondering how only “most” of Arizona can be on DST, the local Navajo Indian Reservation keeps DST, despite the rest of the states decision to avoid it.
Basically, it’s a wonder any of us know what time it is at all.
So why do we go to all this trouble to switch our clocks back and forth during the year? DST is meant to save energy by providing us with more afternoon and evening hours of daylight. Whether it actually does that is greatly debated.