If Daylight Saving Time Becomes Permanent in Illinois, Is This a Good Thing?
I think most of us would agree, changing the clocks twice a year is a pain in the rear. Actual changing the time on clocks isn't that bad, but the havoc time changes can wreak on your body certainly is.
Daylight Saving Time Is One Step Closer to Becoming Permanent in the U.S.
In case you haven't heard yet, on Tuesday the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent throughout the nation next year. Obviously, this is not a done deal yet. The bill now moves onto the House and then President Biden before it's official.
If this bill passes, individual states would then have to choose between sticking to standard time OR daylight saving time year-round, and no switching between the two would be allowed.
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against making Daylight Saving Time permanent across the nation, but I think we need to keep a few things in mind before we start celebrating.
It's a proven fact that Daylight Saving Time saves energy. It's also a proven fact that people are happier and mental health is better when there's more sunshine, so I'm all in, BUT with every good thing, there's a little bit of bad right?
Case in point, this...
When I saw 23 First Alert Weather Team share that post on Facebook yesterday, the "sunrises in December can occur as late as 8:25 a.m." part immediately stole my attention, (and the fact that if this bill passes it would go into effect in 2023 NOT 2024 like the graphic says). Sure, I would appreciate a few more light hours in the evening, but having it stay dark until that late in the morning? No good. I've also had to fight with my kids to come indoors before it's dark every day since we set the clocks ahead, and I know I don't have it in me to have that same fight all year long. Are any other parents worried about that problem too?