Spring Forward for the Start of Daylight Saving Time
Remember that hour you gained when Daylight Saving Time ended in the fall? You’re about to lose it again.
But chin up – the beginning of Daylight Saving Time means spring is almost here, and with it we’ll get longer days and warmer temperatures. How can you get yourself and your apartment ready for the time change this Sunday, March 11? We’ve got some reminders for you:
1. Set the clocks forward an hour.
The time change officially takes place at 2 a.m. on Sunday, so set your clocks forward before you go to bed Saturday night. You’ll lose an hour of sleep, but you’ll have all day Sunday to get used to the change before you go back to work on Monday.
Fun fact: Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and most of Arizona don’t observe Daylight Saving Time.
2. Check the batteries in all your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
The twice-a-year time change is a good reminder to check the batteries in these life-saving devices. To test your smoke detector, just press the test button to cause the alarm to sound. If you don’t hear anything, your batteries are dead and you need to replace them.
To test your carbon monoxide detector, the process is very similar: Press the test button and listen for the beeping that tells you the device is working. If you don’t hear anything, replace the batteries and test again. If you still don’t hear anything, replace the whole detector.
Fun fact: The United States went on Daylight Saving Time for seven months in 1918-19. The law was so unpopular that it was repealed, but it came back during World War II, from 1942-45. Various states chose to continue observing it, but most of the country adopted it as a result of the Uniform Time Act of 1966.
3. Make a few preparations for the upcoming hot months.
Just as you want to block cold drafts from seeping into your apartment during the winter, you want to keep the hot air outside during the summer. Improving your insulation goes a long way – invest in energy-efficient curtains and make your own draft stoppers. Ask your landlord to change the air filters and inspect your air conditioner in your place so it runs as efficiently as possible.
Fun fact: There are some people who want Daylight Saving Time to last all year long, with no time shift in the fall. Some countries, including Russia, Iceland, Argentina, Uzbekistan and Belarus, have already adopted this.
4. Give yourself plenty of time to rest.
You’ll lose an hour on Sunday, so take it easy that day! A time shift can confuse your body, and you need your energy for the upcoming week.
Fun fact: Since the Energy Policy Act took effect in 2007, Daylight Saving Time has begun three weeks earlier than it did previously, and it lasts one week later.
Besides change the clocks, what do you do in your home every time Daylight Saving Time starts?
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