Saving Time in Arizona

Arizona is considering going to daylight saving time, but there are many reasons why the hassle is not worth it.

Caroline Lilleoer, Columnist

Unlike almost every other state in the United States, Arizona doesn’t observe daily saving time and hasn’t done so for 40 years now. Both pros and cons are shown in the discussion of whether daily saving time is a good or bad thing.

In the spring, most people of Arizona seem to like the idea of not losing an hour. Instead of sunrise at 5:30 a.m., the sun shows at 6:30 a.m. This will make the mornings appear much cooler, but the heat will last longer in the night. Since the heat in Arizona sticks around even after the sun goes down, the late sunset wouldn’t make the smallest or biggest difference. Winter sunrise and sunset would remain the same.

But why is it that some people would like all the confusion and not just keep it simple? There would be nothing to worry about for the many visitors of Arizona, who would never have to think about leaving one hour earlier or later to bed.

In fact, more energy is saved when there is no change in the time. A report from 2008 from U.S. Department of Energy showed that sticking to the same time all year could save about 0.5% of electricity everyday, which may seem small but is enough energy for 100,000 households per year. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in the start and end of daylight savings time, employees had 5.7% more workplace injury and slept 40 minutes less than on non-changing days.

On the other hand, these studies don’t account for the personal side of changing daylight savings time. There are good things about changes, especially in Arizona with its always warm weather. It’s all about perspective: it’s how you look at it.