Daylight Saving Time is here.
It's that time of year again. Unless you live in Alaska or Hawaii, the annual springing forward, Daylight Saving Time, is on Sunday March 12 at 2:00AM. Most Americans will wake up only to realize they've lost an hour of their weekend to daylight saving time — the price we pay for eight months of well-lit evenings.
So, unless you are partying late Saturday you may want to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed.
Do you use your smart device to wake you up in the morning? If you do, we have some good news – there’s nothing for you to do. As we mentioned above, smart devices automatically adjust. But if you use an alarm clock, clock radio or another not smart bedside device, spring ahead one hour.
Good news is that smart phones and devices are pretty smart. So, unless you tinkered with the settings on the devices you should do nothing. They should automatically go from 1:59AM to 3:00AM. Ouch! That hurt.
Unfortunately, not all our devices are smart so here’s a list of four devices you need to remember to change.
Thermostats –If you’re paying for your own utilities you probably control the temperature on your thermostat. Does your thermostat have a timer? Guess what? Most do. Remember to push the clock ahead on your thermostat or you may be waking up to a bedroom that’s a little colder or warmer than normal, but definitely not just right.
Kitchen Appliances – We have digital clocks all over the house, especially in the kitchen. Oven clock – change it. Microwave clock – change it. Coffeemaker – change it. Hard part – getting all of them to have the same exact time.
Wake up Alarms – Do you use your smart device to wake you up in the morning? If you do, we have some good news – there’s nothing for you to do. As we mentioned above, smart devices automatically adjust. But if you use an alarm clock, clock radio or another not smart bedside device, spring ahead one hour.
Car Clock – If you have a car you might have a digital clock on the dash or as part of your sound system. Most will not automatically change with Daylight Saving Time. Be sure to change the time here otherwise you will be showing up an hour late for a lot of events.
And while you are at it, now would be a good time to check and change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Good practice to check and change twice a year when you change the time on your devices.