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Three Weeks Earlier. Winter Forward Fall Back.

Posted by gottabkd on Friday, March 9, 2007

Yup it’s happening….. daylight savings time comes to Canada three weeks earlier than normal this year as we sync up with the USA.

springforward“One of the biggest reasons we change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time (DST) is that it saves energy. Energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly connected to when we go to bed and when we get up. Bedtime for most of us is late evening through the year. When we go to bed, we turn off the lights and TV.” This from http://www.energy.ca.gov/daylightsaving.html

Unless you’ve been living under your VCR that has been blinking 12:00, most of you have heard this news. This Sunday March 11, 2007 at 2 a.m. is when you will gain a whole hour of sleep by turning your clock forward one hour. This usually happens the

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first Sunday of April and lasts until the the third weekend in October when at that time the clocks usually fall back one hour to Standard Savings time (SDT). Again, not this year. We will gain three weeks in the spring and one week in the fall, so that SDT will happen Sunday November 4th, 2007 at 2 a.m. All this is to save energy…..

So actually, instead of Spring Forward, Fall Back it should now be Winter Forward and Fall Back 😉

The theory goes something like this:If we start DST earlier, we will save more energy and although it really does not seem like much for any one household, if everyone does it, it could affect a huge change for us all. It will cut down on the amount of time we turn the lights on as the sun will be rising and setting one hour later (forced on by us as the sun does it’s own thing). This could potentially save huge amounts of energy in the long run as most people are not home running electricity, small appliances and TV’s because they are usually out doing things in the sun.

There seems to be a mimi Y2Kish panic going on however, as no electrical devices are programmed with the new DST program. This means that most electronics will need manual adjustments: TV’s, toaster-ovens, ovens, microwaves. What happens with cell phones, Blackberries and computers older than 2007 is any ones guess. Since Microsoft does not support and Windows program before XP the manual change may be the alternative. For their other windows programs they are offering a patch; you can go to Microsoft and let the program choose the right patch for you.  Rim, who produces the Blackberry, is offering a DST 2007 patch for their devices directly from their site . While Mac Users can get theirs here Other mobile devices should/could see the change automatically as their service providers may do this for them automatically, all you need to do is turn off the device and then turn it back on after 2 a.m….. TV’s and telephones, along with satellite services should also convert the time automatically, but just incase they don’t, I would get out that dreaded door stop of a manual and figure out how to adjust the date and time yourself.

As noted above, all other devices with date and time will need to be updated manually or check the manufacture’s websites and see if there is a downloadable option for your device.

I myself am just glad for the extra four weeks of prolonged sunshine. Sunshine makes me happy 😉 and that is always good.

Fun facts: The only province/territory that does not observe DST is Saskatchewan; they never have. There are six time zones in Canada. This is a good time to change your batteries in your smoke/fire detectors.

For a fun quiz (you know I love quizzes) on DST go here

For the complete DST story go here The site actually gives the complete history of DST as well as the other countries involved. Easy read.

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One Response to “Three Weeks Earlier. Winter Forward Fall Back.”

  1. […] my spring forward article I noted the reasons for the changes to Daylight Savings Time and also noted that Sunday Nov. 4th, […]

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