What is daylight saving?
Every year, on the first Sunday in October when local standard time reaches 2am, most places in Australia change their clocks forward one hour to 3am. This means that sunrise and sunset will be an hour later (on the clock).
It’s a tradition that’s taken place since the early 1900s – some say as a means to save energy and make better use of daylight. It also signals summer is fast approaching. Hello long days at the beach and balmy evening barbecues!
How long is daylight saving?
Daylight saving only goes for 6 months. So when the first Sunday in April ticks over, it’s time to change the clocks back. This means we are well into autumn, say goodbye to late sunny days and hello to cooler autumn nights.
While South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and the ACT partake in Daylight Saving, there are a few states who don’t. Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory – we are looking at you!
So what do you need to do?
Come Sunday April 1, set your clocks back from 3am to 2am. Yay, an extra hour of sleep! Or study. Whichever you prefer.
Nowadays, most smartphones and computers have a setting that automatically changes your clock when daylight saving hits. However on other devices such as alarm clocks, microwaves and watches, you may need to set the time manually. Don’t forget or you’ll start arriving one hour early for everything!
Enjoy your extra hour!