As the fall season ushers in cooler temperatures and shorter days, it's time for the community to prepare for the end of Daylight Saving Time. On Sunday, November 5, 2023, at 2:00 AM, the clocks will "fall back" one hour, giving us an extra hour of sleep and officially marking the end of Daylight Saving Time for this year.
Daylight Saving Time is observed in Illinois from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. With the shift to Standard Time, Illinois residents should adjust their clocks on the night of Saturday, November 4, 2023, to ensure they are in sync with the new time.
While many devices automatically adjust to the time change, it's advisable to manually change the time on older appliances, car clocks, and other non-automated timekeeping devices.
The transition back to Standard Time means shorter days and earlier sunsets during the winter months. This change leads to reduced energy consumption and enhanced road safety due to improved visibility during the morning commute.
Daylight Saving Time also serves as a reminder to check and replace the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Safety experts recommend inspecting these devices at least twice a year to maintain their functionality.