You can enjoy an extra hour in bed this weekend as the clocks go back.
Remember to re-set all of your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday morning so that you don't get caught! The change officially takes place at 3 am on Sunday 25th October when the time is put back to 2 am.
The clocks go forward in March and the clocks go back in October and these changes re known as Day Light Saving (DST). Today, DST is used to save energy and make better use of daylight. DST is a change in the standard time with the purpose of making better use of daylight and conserving energy.
When I was typing this blog I got curious. What was behind the clock changes? Well this is what I found out.
A form of daylight saving can be traced back to ancient times but it wasn't officially used in Europe until 1916. Germany was the first country to implement it and the rationale was to minimise the use of artificial lighting in order to save fuel for the war effort during World War I. The idea was quickly followed by Britain and many other countries, including the United States. Many countries reverted back to standard time post-World War I. It wasn’t until the next World War that DST made its return in order to save vital energy resources for the war.
By the early 1980s, many countries of the European Union were using daylight saving time, but they had different practices, thus impeding transport schedules and communications within the continent. In 1996 the European Union (EU) standardized an EU-wide daylight saving time for consistency to apply across the EU. Most European countries that are EU-affiliated follow the EU rules or directives. The EU daylight saving schedule runs from the last Sunday of March through the last Sunday of October.
In 2000, an EU directive was issued on daylight saving arrangements. In the directive, it was mentioned that summer-time arrangements maintained for the past 20 years would be renewed for an unspecified period. It also noted that the last Sundays of March and October were to be the dates definitively adopted for the daylight saving schedule among EU countries.
Well now the EU have spoken it looks as though DLS here to stay! So enjoy your extra hour of rest this weekend and look forward to March when we spring forward an hour into summer,