Couple refuse to put clocks back

“John and Janys Warren stopped putting their clocks back in the autumn when they realised the darker days were triggering his cluster headaches.

“They now live an hour ahead of everybody else during the winter and say the move has drastically reduced their heating and lighting bills.

“Mrs Warren, 66, said:

‘We have lower fuel bills and far more usable daylight hours with evenings not seeming endless.

“We don’t put the heating on until we get up and by then it is warmer anyway. We’ve saved about one third on our heating and lighting bills.

“‘The winter doesn’t seem so long and I don’t seem to feel so tired in the evening. It’s nice to be wide awake later.’

“The couple, from St Georges near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, say they don’t have to fit in with the rest of the world now their seven children have grown up.

“They started living permanently in British Summer Time - known as ‘Double British Summer Time - four years ago.

“On a typical day, the couple get up at 8.30am ‘their time’ - 7.30am in ‘our’ time - and go to bed at 11pm, which is 10pm for the rest of us.

“Mr Warren said:

‘It just a far more pleasant way to live through the winter. You get far more daylight and you don’t get endless dark evening.

“‘The only time it can be an issue is when you’re out at an evening function and it means we are technically staying up an hour later than everyone else. But we live a quiet life these days and don’t do much of that.’”

- Daily Mail


Thank you to John Pollock

8 comments to Couple refuse to put clocks back

  • Dennis Walker

    This is pointless. You can do that by changing the format of your day and keeping the same time. The amount of daylight doesn’t change if your clock is different!!

  • Vonnie

    Hmm, maybe I’m being a bit dense… but why don’t they just change their clocks like everyone else, and get up at 7.30am and go to bed at 10pm? Is it that important what it says on the clock? I could be missing something in the post-Christmas fug, but it seems to be an awful lot of hoo-hah with translating our time/their time - they are still getting up and going to bed at the same time.

  • Mike

    Must… do … as … clock … says.

  • Susan

    Well if they really want to save money, why dont they go to bed two hours earlier and sleep in an extra two hours! They could also take a nap in the afternoon and shut the heat off. What a ridiculous couple!

  • terry

    seems a bit pointless …..

  • SloMo

    “The only time it can be an issue is when you’re out at an evening function and it means we are technically staying up an hour later than everyone else”

    Hahahaha - that’s so silly. They’re not staying up later than anyone else at all. Their clock is just an hour fast. What a pair of plonkers. Bless.

  • John

    Pah, that’s nothing. We’ve put our clocks back two weeks - it’s amazing. We get a much longer autumn and winter comes later. November wasn’t even snowy for us so we had much less disruption due to the weather. And now we’re just getting ready for Christmas Day on Saturday. We’ve saved a fortune by buying all our presents in the sales.

  • passer-by

    Some people are very sensitive to time changes, light, and seasons, and never quite adjust. The clock says one thing; their brains and bodies are still trying to go by the previous time. I understand about the darkness thing, because I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and I also have headaches that can be affected by light.

    The time change is an artificial thing, anyway. If having their own time system helps them, and they can make it work, why not?

    For more info, see

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