This Sunday, March 26 will mark the beginning of daylight saving time, when we will have to advance our clocks by no less than one hour. This practice began in 1784 thanks to Benjamin Franklin, who suggested that candles could be saved by making better use of natural daylight. However, it was not until World War I that the time change was implemented in other countries as an energy-saving measure.
According to the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IADE), the energy savings would be estimated at 5% (which in euros would be about 300 million). Despite the savings, scientists also suggest that the time change may have a negative impact on people’s sleep and mood. What is certain is that we will no longer have to worry, because Spain will stop changing the time in a few years.
When will the time change end?
Currently, the European Union is still working to eliminate the time change across the continent. Already in 2019, member countries voted in favor of ending it, although it was also agreed that some more time would be needed to study all the possible impacts of such a decision. For the time being, the last change we will see will be on Sunday, October 25, 2026, which will be when daylight saving time will be permanently established.
Remember that the change will take place in the early hours of Saturday to Sunday. Specifically, it will be Sunday, March 26 at 2:00, which will change to 3:00 am. Note that the changes are mandatory in both Europe and the United States. However, most of Latin America does not change the clock in any way.
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