(ABC4) – We’re less than a month away from gaining an hour of sleep at the end of daylight saving time.
Summer time started on Sunday March 14 – when we “got ahead” and lost an hour of sleep. Turning on our one-hour clocks in the spring is believed to help us save energy and take advantage of the spring sunlight. When daylight saving time starts, the sun rises and sets later.
More than 70 countries participate in Summer time each year, but the start and end dates vary from one to another. On Sunday, November 7, daylight saving time will end as the Utahns and many others set their clocks back an hour. While the sun will rise a little earlier after changing our clocks, it will also set earlier, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.
Not a fan of changing clocks twice a year? You are not alone. In 2020, Utah lawmakers proposed a bill to stay in Rocky Mountain Daylight Saving Time all year round, pending approval from Congress and at least four other Western states passing similar legislation.
Then-Governor Gary Herbert signed the invoice but a few caveats prevent Utah from staying in daylight saving time. Not enough Western states have signed on to stick to daylight saving time, and Congress has yet to allow states to eliminate standard time – the period during the winter months between recoil of our clocks and advance, according to the time and date.
WATCH: Representative Stewart proposes bill to end daylight saving time change
ABOVE: Previous Daylight Act coverage by Representative Stewart
Earlier this year, Representative Chris Stewart (R-Utah) sponsored a congressional bill – HR 214, or the Daylight Act – which would be allow states to observe daylight saving time all year round. It was presented to the House of Representatives in early January before being referred to the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Trade by the Energy and Trade Committee. No new actions were reported.
So, for now, the Utahns will still have to change their clocks twice a year, with daylight saving time scheduled to end on November 7. After being late, we will no longer have to advance our clocks before Sunday March 13. .