Time to ‘fall back’ as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end

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Clarksville Now

The time change this weekend means you can enjoy a guilt-free extra hour of shut-eye.

Germany was the first country to implement Daylight Saving Time, starting in 1916, as a way to save on coal costs.

With clocks falling back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, officials with Windsor Fire & Rescue Services are urging residents to install new batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they reset their clocks.

The state passed the Sunshine Protection Act in March to keep daylight saving time year round, but it could be a while before Floridians see any changes from it. When it ends we basically lose the hour we gave ourselves back in the spring.

It used to start in April and end in October; during the energy crisis of the 1970s, the government experimented with moving ahead an hour for all of 1973.

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on November 4, meaning we lose an hour in the day, and sun begins setting earlier in the evenings. The sunrise will jump from 7:08AM on Saturday morning to 6:09AM on Sunday morning.

It signifies the days are getting shorter as we approach the Winter Solstice, or shortest day of the year, set for December 21.

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