Efforts are underway in some areas to do away with the time change. Many believe it no longer serves a financial or practical purpose, and claim it’s detrimental to health, productivity, and well-being. Have times changed enough to justify no longer needing to change the time?
The idea of daylight saving was first conjured up by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. This is what’s happened to his idea since then:
Daylight saving time is NOT observed in Hawaii, Puerto Rico the Virgin Islands American Samoa, Guam, and Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona).
Indiana had a complex time system until April 2005, when it passed a law agreeing to observe daylight saving time as of April 2006. Prior to then, Indiana was split into various time zones, with some of the state observing DST, while the majority did not.
The legislative battle to unify Indiana’s system was hard fought. Until it passed, more bills proposing DST had failed more than two dozen times. However, traveling through Indiana can still be a bewildering experience: 74 Indiana counties observe Eastern Daylight Time, while the remaining 18 counties now observe Central Daylight Time.
A study on daylight saving time in Indiana actually found that it increased residential electricity demand. The study called “Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? Evidence From a Natural Experiment in Indiana”. (PDF file) examined electricity use when portions of Indiana finally started to observe DST.
Times have changed quite a bit since Ben Franklin first proposed changing our clocks. There are various petitions to change the daylight saving time laws on both the federal and national levels. Some politicians have introduced bills supporting a repeal of daylight saving time. Weigh in and let your legislators know if you support repealing the law. Thanks to our modern technology, First Amendment rights can now be aired at any hour of the day.