This weekend, at dawn from Saturday to Sunday, the time is changed to adopt winter time: at 3:00 it will be 2:00.
This change seeks to adjust the hours of sunshine with the working day to reduce energy consumption and therefore the environmental impact. By dawning earlier it is possible to reduce the use of artificial light when we get up and during the first hours of work.

Why does the time change in winter

But how much savings are we talking about

The Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE) estimates an energy saving of 5% with this schedule , which with the sum of all households, services and industry sector translates into nearly 300 million euros.
With the new time slots in the electricity bill, there are many who wonder what will happen with the time slots of the light and the time change but, from Gana Energia, they explain that they will remain as before : “With the change of hour, we will benefit from more hours of sun in the morning, when the consumption of light is greater, so we will be able to do without turning on the lights ”, points out Antonio Picazo, CEO of the company.
In turn, the company reminds that it must be taken into account that in winter the consumption of electricity and gas tends to increase due to the use of heatingand emphasizes the importance of maintaining responsible consumption habits to prevent the bill from skyrocketing and compare the different offers to choose the cheapest rate that allows you to continue saving whatever time it is.

Will it be the last time change

This change continues to generate controversy with supporters and detractors and a debate that is repeated year after year.
In 2018, the European Commission conducted a citizen survey on the time change that resulted in 84% of participants in favor of eliminating time changes and opting for a fixed schedule throughout the year. In the case of Spaniards, 95% of those surveyed opted to suppress the time change .
Since then, Europe has proposed setting a single schedule for the member countries, but the decision-making was delayed by the pandemic, which is why it is still up in the air today.

Origins of the time change

The origins of this practice date back to 1916 and it was during World War I that Germany decided to adjust the clock for the first time to save fuel. Later, in 1973, coinciding with the oil crisis, the time change began to be officially applied in several countries, including Spain.
The need to save energy resources is what all these historical milestones have in common and the reason why the time is changed in winter.
In Spain, the time changeseeks to adjust the working day with natural light to reduce energy consumption. By dawning earlier, you can do without turning on the lights when you get up in the morning or during the first hours of work.
In addition, the clock is usually adjusted on the weekend and at dawn to minimize the impact on the work and personal environment.

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