On Sunday March 9, 2014, most of the nation will spring their clocks forward one hour to Daylight Savings Time (DST). The only area of Arizona that will change its clocks is the Navajo Nation. The rest of us will stay the same time.
Do you know why Arizona doesn’t have Daylight Savings Time? It has to do with our summer weather.
DST started with an energy conservation effort by the US government more than 100 years ago. The increase of sunlight over the summer months means families have to spend less money on utilities. They can keep lights off for longer because the sun is shining until 9 or 10 pm.
This works great if summer weather isn’t as extreme as what we experience in the desert. If we had Daylight Savings Time, the sun would come up at 6:30 am instead of 5:30 am. The sun would set at 9pm instead of 8pm. That means more time awake in the summer heat.
There have been periods of time when Arizona changed its clocks but it didn’t go over well. People wanted time to be able to do personal activities like drive-in movies, nighttime golf, and spend time outside without the sun beating down on them. As a result, Arizona requested and received an exemption to daylight savings time from the US government.
Remember, if you’re calling East after March 9th, they’re three hours ahead of us. We’re the same time as the Pacific coast until November when the clocks fall back an hour. Enjoy your summer evenings and stay cool through the heat of the summer.
Give the team at John’s Refrigeration a call to schedule maintenance on your A/C before it gets too hot.