Time Change 2010 | Fall back on November 7


The time change for fall of 2010 will happen November 7. Image: Flickr / zoutedrop / CC-BY

The time change for the 2010 fall season this year is slated for Nov. 7. This year’s “fall back” will change time for a four-and-a-half month period of time. In 2005, the Energy Policy Act adjusted Daylight Saving Time, meaning the time change for 2010’s fall was pushed back.

Time change 2010 for fall

The time change in fall of 2010 is going to officially happen at 2 a.m. on November 7. The clocks in most U.S. states will be set back by one hour at that point. The fall back of Daylight Saving Time will be “corrected” at 2 a.m. on March 13.

The reason for Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time was officially instituted in the United States during World War I. The “extra” hour of daylight was supposed to help save energy for wartime manufacturing. During World War II, some communities did follow Daylight Saving Time, while others didn’t. In 1966, the Uniform Time Act standardized Daylight Saving Time.

The extension of Daylight Saving Time

The time change 2010 for fall will not affect just the United States. The European Union follows European Summer Time. For Europe, the time change 2010 for fall happens on the last Sunday in October. Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and some native American Reservations do not observe Daylight Saving Time. Kyrgyzstan and Iceland observe the time change year-round, effectively not observing a time change at all.

Is the time change 2010 for fall going to help?

The argument for Daylight Saving Time is that the time change 2010 for fall, and all time changes, help save energy. By switching time to “make use” of daylight hours, the idea is that less energy is used to keep lights on during dark hours. No government has been able to definitively show a savings in time or energy from Daylight Saving Time. So what do you think — should the time change for fall of 2010 happen, or is it a collective effort for no real good?

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