Daylight Savings Time in Alberta
Day Light Savings Time – The Loss and Gain of an Hour
“Spring Forward… Fall Back…"
Spring Forward – Second Sunday in March
Alberta currently operates on Daylight Savings Time, with the change being made on the second Sunday in March. In March we start to realize that winter will soon be over. Spring is just around the corner. Do not forget to put your clocks forward one hour. It will be great to have longer days and eventually no snow. They say if March comes in like a Lion, it goes out like a Lamb. Daylight is one of the primary reasons for the ‘Spring Forward, then Fall Back Scenario’ in Alberta. The decision is an economical one which continues to be debated. Yet many feel that the extra hour of daylight keeping us up and about, makes us more productive.
Daylight Savings Time is up for debate in a big way. On October 18th 2021 Albertans will decide through a referendum question on whether to make daylight savings time permanent. It sounds great but is it? In the winter the sun would be rising a lot later and almost certainly most folks would be going to work in the dark.
The Calgary Chamber of Commerce gives some insight on the upcoming referendum on daylight savings time.
“Dark winter mornings can be hard to deal with" says Dr. Michael Antle, a neuroscience professor at the University of Calgary.
When does Daylight Savings Time Start?
In 2021, Daylight Savings Time started at 2am on Sunday March 14. And regardless of the referendum it will still exist in 2022 on March 13th.
Fall Back – First Sunday in November
Do not forget that the Clocks currently Roll Back in Calgary, Alberta all too soon! The clocks get rolled back one hour. This will affect all of Alberta. Fall Daylight Savings Time occurs at the beginning of November each year to revert us back to Standard Time. The good news is that we gain an hour.
When does Daylight Savings Time End?
In 2021, Daylight Savings Time ends at 2am on Sunday November 7, 2021,
Daylight Savings Time in Alberta for Other Years
About Daylight Savings Time
Daylight Savings Time was introduced to make best use of the time the sun shone giving natural light rather than having to use artificial light and subsequently unnecessary fuel.
Technically it is not Daylight Savings Time but rather the correct terminology is Daylight Saving Time (Saving – Singular not Savings Plural). However, given that everyone generally refers to it as Daylight Savings Time (plural), we will adopt the same terminology here.
Daylight Savings Time pushes the clocks forward every Spring to allow for an earlier start to the day. Most provinces in Canada that practice it, initiate Daylight Savings Time on the second Sunday in March each year and it runs until the first Sunday in November. Alberta currently follows this pattern. The 2am hour for the switch has been deliberately chosen The majority people will not notice this change because they are sleeping and then simply wake up to the revised time.
Some History on Daylight Savings Time
Germany was the first country to introduce Daylight Savings Time. Not long after, Canada followed suit. Yet, Benjamin Franklin had facetiously entertained the idea in 1784 to save on candlewax used for lighting. But it was not taken seriously at the time.
An English Builder named William Willett, was the first to lobby for it in parliament as a viable option when he returned to the idea in 1907. However, Germany was the first to enforce it during World War 1 to save on coal needed to produce electricity for lighting.
To this day, the economy and declining crime rates have played a factor in the decision to stick with it. Nevertheless, there is a counter argument for concerns over some increased heath risks and injuries due to tiredness from that loss of an hour in the Spring.
Each province in Canada has its own set of rules on when or whether to use Daylight Savings Time. Currently Alberta uses it and has since 1918. For a while it looked like the Alberta Government might do away with the twice-yearly time change but by at the end of October 2017, they had scrapped a Bill recommending the Removal of Daylight Savings Time.
The debate on the advantages and disadvantages of time change continues. Yet for now, the status quo remains here in Alberta.
Advantages of Daylight Savings Time
A Reminder for Safety and Home Maintenance Checks
The Spring and Fall Daylight Savings Time events act for many, as a reminder that the season is changing. Its a good time to check for light bulb replacement and batteries in the Fire and Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Did you remember to check those outside taps and turn them on or off too? This could also be a good time to replace your furnace filter. Although we are not advocating that you only change your furnace filter twice a year.
Triggers Preparations for Significant Holiday Preparations
Also, significant holidays for many such as Easter or Christmas will not be that far away. When preparing for those holiday festivities do not forget to give cleaning services for your home some consideration. We have some great Carpet Cleaning Deals if you would like your guests to see clean carpets over the holiday season. If you are simply looking ahead to Spring then check out: 4 Carpet cleaning hacks for your Spring Clean.
We also have an article on the Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning rather than doing it yourself. Or why not consider giving a friend or family member a gift of one of our cleaning services? Take care not to leave it too late. Give us a call 403-984-3680 and Book your Cleaning Service Now!!
Increases our Vitamin D levels
Those extra long days generally tend to mean more time outdoors. Safe exposure of UV Rays from the Sun, (protection notwithstanding) play a significant part in the production of Vitamin D. Canadians living in northern latitudes (which includes Alberta), can be quite susceptible to Vitamin D deficiency. According to Medical News Today, moderate sun exposure is one of the most natural ways to enhance your supply of vitamin D. Among other things Vitamin D is needs for health bones, muscle and heart.
Helps improve Sleep
After dealing with the initial disruption from an hour's sleep deprivation in the Spring, daylight savings time may enhance sleep. Not only is the sun good for vitamin D levels it also enhances serotonin as Vitamin D3 helps manufacture of serotonin molecules. Healthy Serotonin levels convert to the sleep hormone melatonin in the evening subsequently increasing your odds of a better night’s sleep. Did you know there was a World sleep Day?
Serotonin also has the added advantage of stabilizing our moods. Frequently referred to as one of the happy hormones, it is often sited as “The Confidence Molecule” too. Serotonin not only manages our moods it also helps provide a steady dose of healthy self confidence. Yet simply being out in the fresh air enhances our sense of well being.
Getting out means we tend to walk more, and walking has its own set of benefits. Benefits of walking range from increased brain flow, to protecting your heart to being a natural anti-depressant.
With better sleep, added supplies of vitamin D and more exercise there is a good chance you will lose some unwanted pounds too.
Want some Fun? Try out a Quiz on Daylight Savings Time
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