As I’m reminding you this time, I want to share why we turn the clocks every six months.
Timeanddate explains Daylight Saving Time (DST), is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, in order to make better use of natural daylight. Spring Forward and Fall Back help us to remember which direction to change the clocks! Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used to save energy and make better use of daylight. It was first used in 1918.
Many people in the US want to stop changing their clocks every six months. The reality is a bill has to be passed to make that happen!
Proposals to stay on standard time or move to full-time DST appear on the legislative agenda in the United States nearly every clock change. Since 2015, more than 200 daylight saving bills and resolutions have been introduced in almost every state across the US, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Nineteen states have enacted legislation or passed regulations for permanent DST:
- 2021: Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Montana.
- 2020: Idaho, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming.
- 2019: Arkansas, Delaware, Maine, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.
- 2018: Florida and California.
Note: For the bills to become law, the US Congress must first pass a federal law that would allow states to observe DST year-round. This has not happened yet. The current law only allows states to opt out of DST.
Whether or not we are changing our clocks every six months, Alaska Backcountry Cottages are a wonderful place to stay! Nestled in the beautiful backyard of the Chugach Mountains and with amazing views there are many opportunities to explore Alaska just the way you like!
It will be interesting to see how long it takes for Alaska to permanently opt out of Daylight Saving Time, and it will be fun providing an awesome stay for those visiting Alaska!