THE clocks go forward this weekend meaning households have just days to check and change any clocks and appliances in the home.
Millions of us will lose an hour in bed as the clocks go forward, signalling the start of Spring.
The time will jump an hour at 1am on Sunday, March 26 – so be sure to change your alarm clock.
The change signals the start of British Summer Time (BST) and the return of Daylight Saving Time as we'll have more sunlight in the mornings and evenings.
And there'll be appliances around our homes that might not change automatically as the clocks go forward.
Gadgets like our phones will change automatically but there will be devices around the house that you'll need to do manually.
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So here's the full list of appliances you'll need to update this weekend:
If you have any analogue alarm clocks, you'll need to push them forward.
If you don't, any alarms you have set will go off an hour later and you wouldn't want to be late for work or miss out on any plans.
Some alarm clocks may be radio-controlled and will change themselves – so just make sure you know what yours is.
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All car clocks are different, so you should make sure you're up to date with yours and how to change it.
A car clock won't change automatically.
It should be quite simple to do if you follow the instructions – it'll most likely be on the dashboard.
Usually, you may need to tap the "volume" buttons to adjust the house and minutes of the clock, but the manual should explain everything.
If you can't find your manual, you could always try and search for a tutorial on Youtube – just type in something like "change clock in Ford Fiesta", for example.
Central heating and hot water programme
This winter has been a cold one, with snow set to return to parts of the UK this week.
Many of us are keeping the heating on during these cold snaps, so it's important to ensure we've changed the time, otherwise we'll waste an hour.
Newer smart thermostats and programmers should automatically adjust to GMT.
But older central heating and hot water timers will need to have their manually adjusted.
Otherwise, you could find the heating comes on and off at the wrong time of the day – which will be a waste of money.
The clock on different manufactured microwaves is changed differently but here are some ways which might work on yours.
If you have a clock button, press and hold it for three seconds.
When you hear a beep, enter the time you want to set and then press the clock button again to choose between AM and PM.
Then press the start button and your time is changed.
Another option is to long press number five for three to four seconds.
When you hear a beep just set the time you want to and the time is changed.
Alternatively, hold the clock button until you see HR 12 displayed on the timer.
Then set the time that you would like and press the clock button again.
If you use automatic smart lights, you may want to change the time they're set to come on.
If your lights are connecting to your phone, you don't need to worry as they'll change automatically.
But while you don't need to change their time, you may want to change the time you've set for them to come on, which is most likely before it gets light.
Now that we've got an extra hour of light, it might be an idea to change them to come on earlier or later, depending on when you get up.
Households will need to manually adjust the times on their ovens this weekend.
Most modern-day ovens have a clock and a timer button alongside two up-down or arrow buttons to set the time.
If you press the clock button, your clock display should come up and by using the arrows or up-down buttons you will be able to change the time.
Once you are finished, push the clock button once again and you're ready.
Some ovens have one button for the clock and timer in which case you will need to activate the clock setting feature either by pushing the button continuously or by tapping it twice.
Once you have the clock numbers flashing, you should be ready to set the time right.
Some older models have a clock knob which makes the time change a little bit more complicated.
First, you need to check if the knob has any button near it which you will need to push and hold down.
Then you have to turn the knob in order to change the time.
Millions will need to manually adjust the times on their wristwatches from Sunday.
Both analogue and digital wrist watchers will require an adjustment so that the time goes forward one hour.
Analogue watch wearers can change the time by moving the crown on the right-hand side of the watch face.
Those with digital watches might have buttons on the left of the watch face that can be pressed to change the time.
Appliances that'll go back in time automatically
There are also devices that will change automatically, so you don't need to worry about updating them.
Computers and laptops
In most cases, these will update the time automatically as long as you're connected to the internet.
If your device is off when the change happens, it should update automatically once you turn it back on.
Although users can manually adjust the time if their device isn't set for automatic adjustment.
Your phone's clock should change automatically and this applies to pretty much any model, whether Apple, Android or any other.
But if you want to be certain your 7am alarm will go off at 7am, then it might be wise to check your phone settings.
You can confirm whether you have your "date and time" options "set automatically".
Like smartphones, digital radios will automatically adjust to the correct time once it changes.
Even if your radio is switched off at the time of the change, it should update as soon as it is turned on.
The same goes for DAB radios.
Most smart TV models should automatically update the time, but there are some that will need your help.
Make sure you know whether your TV is automatic before Sunday if you can.
If you purchased your TV in a different time zone, you'll probably need to set it yourself.
Changing the time on your TV is important to synchronise with your TV channels and show you the correct timings for when programmes are scheduled.
You need to use the home button and select the TV's settings.
You will then need to look for a term like "System," or "System manager".
From the dropdown menu, you will need to select "Date and time" or "Clock".
You then need to set the time zone or enter the current time and date.
Like smartphones, smartwatches will automatically adjust to the correct time.
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You may need to check your manual for instructions on how to change the time of your watch as each one will be different.
It should be pretty simple though.
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