Daylight Saving Time

Quite possibly the best thing about moving to Arizona in the Fall is the lack of Daylight Saving Time. Arizona and Hawaii are the only 2 states in the US that don’t use DST, Hawaii never has because its southern location means the days are pretty even throughout the year as is, and Arizona tried it in 1967, but not since.

Phoenix and Tuscon are the biggest population centers in Arizona, in fact Phoenix is the most populous capital city in the country, but Phoenix and Tuscon are also among the hottest population centers in the country, and adding an extra hour of daylight during working hours only increased air conditioner use and therefore power consumption. So Arizona doesn’t practice DST because of  energy conservation. And since the major arguments for DST tend to revolve around  energy conservation, it makes perfect sense to me.

And I love it, because I hate DST, I’m pretty sure most people do. People are always complaining about it, because they are late/early because they forget to change clocks, because their pets/children/bowels don’t change schedules easily, because it screws with their sleep patterns, and I’ve never met someone who likes resetting everything  twice a year. And every six months you’ll start to see articles pop up with survival strategies for the time change and statistics showing a jump in vehicle accidents caused by sleep deprived drivers, also jump in the numbers of suicides and heart attacks.

I’ve believed for a long time that changing times twice a year is unnecessary, and its nice to be living in a place where I don’t have to deal with it. And I’ll try really hard not to gloat when Facebook starts lighting up with people bitching about it.

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