Daylight Saving time ends Sunday morning, November 7, 2021 at 2 am. It is time to fall back by setting your clocks back one hour and enjoy an extra hour of sleep.
The Georgia legislature voted in 2021 to recognize daylight time as the standard time in the state. This was signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp on April 21, 2021.
However, under federal law, states are allowed to opt out of daylight saving time and remain on standard time, but are not allowed to remain on daylight time. This year, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress once again proposed staying on daylight saving time year-round with the Sunshine Protection Act.
In the last four years, 19 states have passed legislation or resolutions supporting year-round daylight saving time, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
We will fall back and keep changing time twice per year until the Sunshine Protection Act is passed by the Congress.
Purpose of Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time is observed for several reasons:
- It saves energy. During Daylight Saving Time, the sun sets one hour later in the evenings, so the need to use electricity for household lighting and appliances is reduced. People tend to spend more time outside in the evenings during Daylight Saving Time, which reduces the need to use electricity in the home. Also, because the sunrise is very early in the morning during the summer months, most people will awake after the sun has already risen, which means they turn on fewer lights in their homes.
- It saves lives and prevents traffic injuries. During Daylight Saving Time, more people travel to and from school and work and complete errands during the daylight.
- It reduces crime. During Daylight Saving Time, more people are out conducting their affairs during the daylight rather than at night, when more crime occurs.