Michigan Lawmakers Consider Dumping Daylight Savings Time
So, you lost an hour of sleep this week. And, last November, you gained an extra hour at the bar. That may all be a part of the past for Michiganders. According to this article at mlive.com, State Representative Jeff Irwin, an Ann Arbor Democrat, has introduced a bill that proposes doing away with Daylight Savings Time in Michigan.
Daylight Savings Time exists, in theory, to help conserve energy by extending daylight hours into the evening during spring and summer months, thus reducing energy used to light homes, businesses, and public areas. But, recent studies have shown that the practice may be harmful to our health. Indiana, once upon a time, did not observe DST. That changed in 2006. And, Irwin says that their recent change actually resulted in increased energy uses. As it stands, only portions of Arizona do not observe DST. And, according to today's article, other states are considering dumping DST, including Alaska and Texas.
So, what do you think? Is abandoning DST worth it? Would you sacrifice your extra bar hour, or extra sleep hour, in November? Would you want it to be dark by 7 or 8 O'Clock during the spring and summer? Do you want the sun shining through your eastern bedroom window at 5:30 or 6:00 every morning for most of the year? Do you want to watch your favorite prime-time television shows beginning at 7:00PM instead of 8:00PM?