Oct 26, 2014 10:35 AM EDT
REUTERSA man inspecting a clock in lieu of Daylight Savings Time
This year, Daylight Savings Time will end on Sunday, November 2 at 2:00 am. The next time DST begins will be on March 8, 2015 at 2:00 am.
Many Americans especially those who observe Daylight Savings Time get confused about whether they have to turn their clocks forward or backwards when the time comes around to do so.
However, there's a clever mnemonic device that makes remembering the formula easy, Spring forward, Fall back.
This year, DST for the U.S started on March 9 at 2:00 am and clocks were set forward to 3:00 am. The next change is due November 2, when all clocks will be set an hour back.
Daylight Savings Time (DST) or Summer Time is the practice of advancing clocks one hour during Summer, specifically at the start of Spring where daylight last longer, so that people can get up earlier during the morning and have more daylight in the evening.
DST started in the United States back
in 1918 initially to save fuel, and presently to "make better use of daylight in the evenings" by setting the time one hour forward during the Summer and one hour back during the Fall.
However, not every state in the Unites States observes DST, some use Standard Time instead. These include Hawaii, Arizona (except Navajo Nation), U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa.
Daylight Saving Time had received opposition from two Utah lawmakers in the past, Senator Aaron Osmond and State Representative Lee Perry. The two will pass out legislation in the next senate session to abolish the use of Daylight Savings Time, citing the complaints of 62 percent of those surveyed who wanted to put and end to Daylight Savings Time.
"The most common complaint among those who want to do away with daylight saving time is the hassle of changing clocks, but safety was also brought up, parents [are] frustrated because their kids are going to school in the dark," the proposal read.
Other states that are planning to do away with DST include Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.