St. Croix Skips Daylight Savings Confusion

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As most Americans fall back one hour overnight (technically Sunday at 2 a.m.) for daylight savings time, mass confusion will take place as people arrive one hour early for church and other commitments on Sunday.  Everyone will try to recall how to change the clock in their car, etc.  The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, however, do not recognize daylight savings time and as usual, will be relaxed and avoiding unnecessary chaos.

Perhaps because we’re spoiled to so much sunshine year-round (average daily forecast: 88 degrees and sunny with a 10 percent chance of rain), that we don’t feel the need to go out of our way to have more daylight.  We also don’t spring forward . . . we just stay put.  The time zone is Atlantic Standard Time (AST).

A recent article on CNN’s website discusses the myths and truths of daylight savings time.  Apparently it originated to try to save electricity and help farmers get their harvests in, both theories almost completely disproved since it originated during World War I.  A new study actually shows it’s not good for your health, increasing heart attack risk by 10 percent in the spring.  A 2014 Rasmussen study shows only 33 percent of Americans think daylight savings time is worth the hassle, a number steadily declining each year.  Change.org lists almost 1,500 petitions regarding daylight savings time, most proposing it be abolished.

The big perk for USVI parents?  Earlier sunset seems conducive to earlier bedtimes.  So enjoy getting your kids to sleep by 7:30 p.m. like clockwork year-round.

Chris and Kerri Hanley like the simple life, free from silliness like daylight savings time.  Join them in the paradise of St. Croix, where Chris was the top broker in 2014, making him the authority on Virgin Islands real estate.  Contact him today and download their free guide, the 10 Best Reasons for Living on St. Croix.  

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