BOSTON — Many New Englanders celebrate every March when the clocks jump ahead one hour for daylight savings. Not only does it mean leaving work before the sun sets, but there’s an emotional lift that comes from knowing the darkest days of winter are behind.
But what if permanently adopting daylight saving time (no more falling back or springing ahead) could reduce crime, lower electricity costs and give retailers a competitive boost against their online peers? Some experts think that’s not too much to expect.
The debate over whether that extra hour of daylight would be better used in the mornings or the evenings from November through March is occurring before a legislative commission that hopes to make recommendations this spring.
The commission, which is chaired by Sen. Eileen Donoghue, is charged with studying how shifting permanently to Eastern Daylight Time — the time zone that Massachusetts observes between March and November — would affect the state’s local and regional economies, its education system, public health, transportation, energy consumption, commerce and trade.