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Florida’s year-round daylight saving time yet to be approved by Congress

By: Justin Boggs

Posted at 1:48 PM, Oct 26, 2020

and last updated 1:17 PM, Oct 26, 2020

1) When does daylight saving time end?

Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 a.m. when clocks will fall back one hour to 1 a.m. This means that sunrise and sunset times will be one hour earlier starting Sunday. It also means that there will be an extra hour to sleep Sunday morning.

2) Who is affected?

Almost all Americans, except for those in Hawaii, most of Arizona and U.S. territories, will need to make sure their clocks move back an hour. Many electronic devices, such as televisions, computers and smartphones, will automatically move back. Non-digital clocks will need to be reset manually.

3) Why is daylight saving time necessary?

Depending on whom you ask, it is not. What daylight saving time does is shift an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Governments implemented daylight saving time as a measure to conserve energy. While Americans conserve some energy in the evening with more daylight, research has found that the benefit is negated by increased energy usage in the morning.

4) Why not have daylight saving time year-round?

It has been tried before. Most recently, President Richard Nixon implemented year-round daylight saving time in 1974 as America was affected by an energy shortage. The act ended in 1975 as Congress established a standard practice for daylight saving time, allowing for winter mornings to have more daylight, so more people could go to work and school in the daylight.