Time change 2022: When does daylight saving time start?

Time change 2022: When does daylight saving time start?

Spain will switch from the current wintertime to summertime on the last Sunday in March, advancing the hands of the clock one hour.

The hot weather and spring temperatures, unusual in February and with hardly any trace of precipitation, suggest the arrival of spring and the corresponding time change. However, changing the time and entering daylight savings time is still a few weeks away.

When will we have to change the time?

In Spain, the time changes twice every year, passing successively from summertime to wintertime and vice versa. Specifically, it will be in March 2022 when the current winter schedule ends with switching to summer.

More specifically, the time will be changed in the early hours of Saturday, March 26, to Sunday, March 27, 2022.

That night the clock will have to be advanced one hour so that at 02:00 in the morning, it becomes 03:00.

When does spring 2022 arrive?

For its part, the arrival of spring will occur earlier. The new station will officially enter on Sunday, March 20 at 4:33 pm Spanish peninsular time. According to the National Astronomical Observatory (OAN), this season will last 92 days until June 21, when it gives way to the beginning of summer, according to the National Astronomical Observatory (OAN).

What is the time change for?

The time is changed primarily to save power. At least, that’s the official explanation. The objective is to adapt to changes in light and use less electricity by making better use of natural light, that of the sun. That is where the controversy lies because it is questioned if the savings (if any) compensate for the disorders and if it would not be better to eliminate the wintertime but there is still no clarity as to whether the change to wintertime will finally be abolished next October.

Does the time change help us save?

According to the Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE), the time change allows a 5% reduction in electricity consumption in light. This figure is equivalent to about 300 million euros a year, between homes and businesses. Of that amount, 90 million would correspond to the potential of Spanish households, which represents a saving of 6 euros per household. The other remaining 210 million euros would be saved on buildings in the tertiary sector and industry.

Is the time change mandatory?

In Spain, the time change is mandatory. This is established by a community directive that must be followed by all the member countries of the European Union. Europe delayed until the year 2021 the definitive annulment of the biannual time changes in the member countries of the EU. If the time change is finally eliminated, the EU countries would stay with daylight saving time and change their clocks for the last time next March. This regulation dates from 1981 and has been renewed every four years, but in 2001 it was decided that it would be indefinite. In Spain, the directive was incorporated into the national legal system in 2002.

Do all countries apply the time change?

No. The European Union does, the United States and Canada, and many Latin American countries. But nations near the equator do not have this custom, among other things, because the seasons have little influence on the times of sunrise and sunset. In Africa and Asia, these variations do not exist either.

By aamritri

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