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What are three advantages of making daylight savings time permanent in 2023?

From next November there will no longer be daylight saving time in the US. What are some of the positives of the move?

Tonight, most clocks will adjust to daylight savings automatically, but for all those that need to be manually programmed, here are the details you need.

The Sunshine Protection Act, Washington doesn’t mind its pompous naming conventions, was passed last March. From November 2023, daylight saving time will be abolished in the United States. Before this federal announcement, only two states had already scrapped the format, which was introduced during the First World War.

We’ve put together a list of some of the positive aspects of the change and how, hopefully, your life will be better and brighter.

More daytime means less energy usage

Particularly poignant with the state of the planet right now. An extra hour of daylight over winter will keep houses warmer for longer while people are awake. A decade ago, the American Council projected a decrease of carbon emissions by 10.8 million metric tons. With emissions increasing since then, this saving will have grown

Furthermore, when sunrise occurs the majority of people are still asleep while the inverse is true at sunet. Demand for energy throughout the day is thus lower. With people and companies needing to make cutbacks to energy usage for the rest of the century and beyond, a simple measure like this could reap big rewards.

Crime is harder in daylight

Coupled with the prior reason, people feel safer to be outdoors when it is light. While being a normal human reaction, it is also true that more crime happens at night. according to the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), violent crime committed by over 18s rises throughout the day before peaking at 10pm.

Offences such as murder, rape and robbery are much more frequently reported as happening at night time, at least in data procured in 2019. In that, the largest disparities were driving under the influence, murder and rape. While the latter is as likely to occur, it is hoped that more daylight in some of the darkest days of the year would encourage offenders away from crime.

It’s straight up more fun to have more daytime

Who is going to complain about more time in (hopefully) the sun? People can be outside for longer, always a positive, while bars and businesses can reap the rewards of people enjoying longer evenings. Especially in the trough of winter, with some cities having very few hours of sun each day, improvements in mental health from this small change and that extra hour will only be a benefit.


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