Don’t forget the clocks go back this weekend!

At 2am on Sunday morning, the clocks will go back to 1am.

Maeve McLaughlin
by Maeve McLaughlin on 27th October, 2016

The year seems to be flying by and, believe it or not, we’re already at the time when the clocks are going back!

At 2am on Sunday morning, the clocks will go back to 1am, which means that - in our increasingly busy lives - we’ll gain a very welcome extra hour.

Most of us will probably spend the time catching up on sleep, but if you do get up early and want to make the most of the hour, here are some ways you can do so…

Start a new TV show

There’s a tonne of new content out there at the moment - from HBO’s latest offering Westworld to Netflix Originals like Narcos.

Spend the extra hour watching the first episode of whichever one of these takes your fancy. It’ll be nice to get stuck into a gripping series just in time for the winter evenings ahead.

Make your home more energy-efficient

The clocks going back signals the real start of winter, so you could use the extra hour to make some small changes around your home to make it more energy efficient. This could help to save you money on your bills throughout the winter.

Whether it’s replacing your regular bulbs with energy efficient ones, or closing off any draughts around the home, spending a small amount of time on these energy saving measures will save you money in the long-run.

If you’re in Dublin, go and cheer on the marathon runners

Get up and out early and cheer on the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon runners as they make their way through their 26.2 miles. The route is one single lap, so it covers a lot of the city centre, along with the Phoenix Park.

There’s something really heart-warming about getting out and cheering the runners on - some even wear their names on their numbers so you can give them a personal shout-out.

Make a really nice breakfast

Are you normally someone who takes the ‘less is more’ approach to breakfast? You could spend some extra time on making a bit of a feast for a change. Nice way to kick off the bank holiday Sunday!

You can even make sure you’re cooking as efficiently as possible with our tips.

Use the extra time to put some extra money in your pocket

Take a bit of time over the weekend to review your gas and electricity and broadband, TV and phone plans.

Switching energy provider could save you up to €387 per year, and you could also save hundreds by switching your broadband or TV provider, or by bundling services.

And, actually, comparing plans and switching both energy and broadband provider on Switcher.ie won’t even take the full hour, so you’ll still have time for a lie-in!

Switch and save: Compare energy and broadband deals now.