It’s that time of year again – days are getting longer, green shoots are poking through the soil, and our clocks are about to ‘spring forward’ once more.
Despite attempts in the U.S. Senate to eliminate the seasonal time change, households across the U.S. will still observe the annual switch to Daylight Saving Time (DST) later this week.
At 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 12, clocks will ‘spring forward’ one hour (to 3 a.m.) to begin Daylight Saving Time for the 2023 calendar year. Unless new legislation is passed and signed into law, this time change will remain in effect until Daylight Saving Time ends and clocks ‘fall back’ an hour on Sunday, November 5, 2023.
Does Daylight Saving Time Apply to My Area?
Nearly every state in the U.S. and Canada observes Daylight Saving Time. However, Hawaii and certain parts of Arizona are excluded. Several other countries, including Mexico, much of Europe and the United Kingdom, follow similar spring-to-fall time change schedules based on locale.
Will My Timer Controls Update Automatically?
Many popular Intermatic controls, including the ASCEND®, ARISTA®, ST01 and EJ600, will adjust automatically to the time change. However, mechanical timer controls and select electronic controls may need to be adjusted manually.
Use the start of Daylight Saving Time to confirm the time on devices, verify time schedules and change batteries (if needed). This will ensure lights and appliances stay on when they’re supposed to and keep you on schedule heading into spring.
What Will Happen to Daylight Saving Time in the Future?
Because the proposed Sunshine Protection act has not been passed by Congress and signed into law, the current Daylight Saving Time schedule will remain in effect until further notice. If there are new developments, we’ll be sure to update our customers so that timer schedules can stay up to date.
As always, if you have specific questions about your Intermatic timer controls, you can contact our technical support team at (815) 675-7000 for assistance.