When Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins on March 13, the clock will “spring forward” an hour and then eight months later it “falls back” on November 6. Although we get less sleep for one night, after that we can enjoy more sunshine in the evening and a later (clock time) sunrise.
Where are we going? To why clock time makes a difference.
In Florida, lawmakers will soon decide whether to continue making the switch into and out of DST when they vote on the Sunshine Protection Act. Saying, “as the Sunshine State, Florida should be kept sunny all year-round,” the new law would keep DST during the entire year.
There is one glitch. Florida would be violating federal law. According to the Congress, the states only have two time options. Either skip DST entirely as Hawaii and most of Arizona do or follow the dates established for its annual cycle.
It all sounded simple until I visited the TimeZoneReport. We have states that follow the DST/Standard time rotation, those who had failed votes to change it, others with pending bills, and another group of states that want to change their time zone or have full DST.
These are the 21 states that hoped to make a time change in 2015:
Our Bottom Line: The Impact of Time
Supported and refuted by academic studies, the list of reasons for the optimal time is endless. I have read that where clock time is too different from solar time (as in Spain), then everyone is tired. Thinking of the East and West Coast in the U.S., a gap in clock time can mean that financial markets operate during non-business hours. Meanwhile the U.S. Department of Transportation tells us that more sunshine during the evening decreases energy use, diminishes traffic accidents and increases safety.
And finally, taking us to the possible commercial benefits of DST, its Floridian supporters say that people will remain longer at the state’s beaches and parks.