Restoring Indiana to Central Time

Posted February 2012

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Being in the wrong time zone puts Hoosiers out of sync with daylight and  our school children in danger.

When you look at the time zone map you can clearly see that Indiana belongs on Central Time.

Because we are on Eastern Time, the wrong time zone, Indianapolis has only 120 days a year of sunrise before 7 a.m. compared to 272 days in Chicago and 290 days in New York.

This means that for most of the school year, Hoosier children go to school in the dark.

Eastern Time's abnormal amount of morning darkness is unsafe for Indiana's 1.35 million school children as they wait at a dark bus stop or walk to school along dark streets. View list of crimes against students

We could easily create a safer environment for our kids by restoring Indiana to its geographically correct time zone and it wouldn’t cost a thing.

By switching to Central Time, Hoosiers would enjoy 315 days of sunrise before 7 a.m.  Our children would not have to walk, ride a bike or wait for a bus in the dark.

  • More conducive for improved mental and athletic performance.  Learn about the connection between healthy circadian rhythms and mental and athletic performance.

The Central Time Coalition is advocating for restoring Indiana to its geographically correct time zone and favors having Central Standard Time in the winter and Central Daylight Savings Time in the summer. That would put Indiana on the same time as Chicago.

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What's green about Central Time?

It turns out being in the wrong time zone increases electricity demand in Indiana. According to a report published in 2008 by University of California-Santa Barbara economics professor Matthew Kotchen and Ph.D. student Laura Grant, Indiana's switch to EDST increased electricity bills to Indiana households by an estimated $8.6 million per year.  The study also estimates social costs of increased pollution emissions that range from $1.6 to $5.3 million per year. Eastern Daylight Savings Time increases residential electricity demand in Indiana because the reduced demand for lighting during Daylight Savings is offset by an increased demand for heating and cooling.  Read Wallstreet Journal article. Read: Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? A Natural Experiment in Indiana.

According to Sue Dillon, president of the Central Time Coalition, “the important [green] implication of this report is that, because Indiana is in the wrong time zone, we have the equivalent of Central Daylight Savings 4 months of the year and double Central Daylight Saving Time for 8 months per year.  If a switch from EST to EDST in 2006 increased energy usage as much as it did then, think how much energy would be saved if we were to go back to our correct Central Time Zone year round.”


The resolution would petition the U.S.Department of Transportation to hold hearings on the placement of the entire state of Indiana in the Central Time Zone. The resolution introduced last year in the 2011 Legislative Session was never heard.

Concurrent resolutions will be introduced again in the 2012 Indiana Legislative Session. Senator Mike Delph (Rep) will be the main sponsor in the Senate with Senator Lindel Hume (Dem.) as the co-sponsor.   Rep Jeffrey Thompson (Rep.) will be the main sponsor of the House resolution.  As soon as the resolution is introduced in the House or Senate, legislators can sign as supporters - the more, the better.

  • SCR 0009 -- Petitioning USDOT to place Indiana in Central time zone.
  • HCR 0006 -- Urging USDOT to hold hearings on placing Indiana in Central time zone.



Share with legislators:
Please contact your senator and representative – tell them that you are one of their constituents,  that you strongly support Central Time for Indiana and ask them if they will be willing to sign on as a supporter of Central Time legislation.  Go to to learn how to contact your legislators.  Be sure to attach the Central Time brochure to your email.
The Central Time Coalition is also organizing six  (6) Mondays to be at the State House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to pass out brochures and CT buttons.  Mon. Jan. 9, Mon. Jan. 23, Mon. Jan. 30,  Mon. Feb. 6, Mon. Feb. 13, Mon. Feb. 27.  If you can help, please contact Sue Dillon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Share with fellow parents, local businesses, and our School Board:
Help educate the community about the negative impacts of being in the wrong time zone and all the benefits of restoring Indiana to Central Time. Include a link to the Central Time Brochure by copying and pasting to your email.

If you would like to receive updates on this legislation, please contact Leslie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it