Get ready to ‘fall back’ on Sunday |

Get ready to ‘fall back’ on Sunday

The patches of fall color across the Tahoe basin means it’s time to “fall back” to standard time after a summer of daylight-saving time.

Time reverts at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday of October every year — which is this weekend. Clocks should officially fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 12:59 a.m.

Daylight-saving time has been practiced by the United states and most of Europe since World War I, according to the Department of Transportation, which is responsible for observance of the time change.

Benjamin Franklin was the first person known to come up with the idea of maximizing daylight, which he recorded in his 1784 essay, “An Economical Project.”

It was Germany and Austria who first practiced the idea on April 30, 1916, by advancing the hands on their clocks one hour until the following October.

Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and France followed right away and Britain was three weeks behind.

An act to preserve daylight and provide standard time for the United States was enacted in March 19, 1918.

Because daylight-saving gives us more light to work with, it helps conserve energy. Folks spend less time at home during light hours, reducing use of electrical appliances.

Also, because daylight-saving time pushes sunset back, it reduces the amount of time between sunset and bedtime, decreasing the amount of time people use lighting and appliances in the evening.

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