Every year in the fall and spring, the majority of Americans sets their clock either an hour back or forward.
Most Arizonans do not have to worry about this since the majority of the state does not observe daylight saving time. The Navajo Reservation is the only exception.
There are some setbacks including the later start times for sports and TV cable shows.
Here are four reasons why it’s a good thing Arizona doesn’t observe daylight saving time:
It costs money for many consumers
While many believe that the time change saves money, sometimes it is not the case. For example, when the state of Indiana started observing Daylight Saving Time in 2006, their electricity use rose. With the hot temperatures during the summer months, it means we will run the air conditioners daily which means a higher bill.
It means no extra sunlight during the summer months in Arizona
We don’t have to tell Arizonans how brutal our summers are. But can you imagine the sun still being up at 8:30 p.m. with the triple-digit temps? Yep, that’s not a good thing. Arizona did observe daylight saving time in the past but has since abolished it. Back in 2015, one Arizona lawmaker introduced a bill to bring back DST to Arizona. But he later backed out of the bill.
You don’t have to worry about changing clocks twice a year
Who wants to change every clock in their house twice a year? This habit is another reason Arizona is excellent. We can brag to our friends and family who live out of state that we don’t have to do this.
More traffic accidents
With the time changes come more car crashes. According to a Sleep Journal study, traffic accidents rise after daylight saving time. The same study says the change can also increase sleep deprivation and possibly alcohol consumption. They added that the behavioral adaptation anticipating the longer day on Sunday of the shift from DST in the fall leads to an increased number of accidents during the night.
With the time change, you could imagine this affects people’s sleep schedules every year. According to a recent study from the Mayo Clinic, some people suffer a condition called “seasonal affective disorder.” Officials say that the time change may disrupt a person’s body internal clock and lead to depression.
Here are some facts you may not have known about daylight savings time.
1. It was never about farmers. Daylight Saving Time was actually about conserving energy, but research suggests it may not be working.
2. Daylight Saving Time first became law in 1918, but it only lasted for one year. Still, some states continued to practice it. It was made law again in 1942 only to be repealed once again in 1945. It wasn’t until 1966 that Daylight Saving Time was brought back for good for most of the U.S.
3. Arizona and Hawaii do not acknowledge Daylight Saving Time.
4. Why does the change happen at 2 a.m.? It’s simply a convenient time when most people are home and most bars and restaurants are closed.