What does it mean to change the time twice a year? This debate has gone from the streets to the European Commission, which after submitting it to popular consultation has proposed to eliminate this measure.
The time change has always been linked to energy savings, that is its reason for being. However, there are no reliable studies that show that moving the clock hands forward and backward entails less energy expenditure.
In 2023 We Will Stop Changing The Time
The European Commission released a survey open to citizens in which 84% of the participants advocated having the same schedule throughout the year. Or what is the same: stop changing the time on the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October.
Given this result, Brussels has proposed that there be a fixed schedule for the 28 states of the European Union.
But what time will be chosen? Although nothing has been decided yet, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, has pointed out that European countries would make use of summertime, thus abandoning the measure when it was time to move back the time to October.
Most of the states have joined this proposal, except for Finland, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the Czech Republic, which prefer to stay in winter time (ie: abandon the measure when it is time to advance the time in March). Portugal, for its part, wants to continue to change the time twice a year.
Whatever the final decision, everything seems to indicate that it will not be applied until 2023 at the earliest.
“No reliable studies are showing that changing the time twice a year saves energy.”
Advantages Of The Fixed Summer Schedule And Its Impact on Savings
It cannot be said that the fixed summer time or the fixed winter time is better or worse. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
In the European Commission survey, the majority wanted to maintain daylight saving time throughout the year. Leaving work in the middle of winter and enjoying a few hours of sunshine would be the main point in favor of this type of change.
On the other hand, in the summertime, there are fewer traffic accidents, since the return home, when we are more tired, is done with sunlight.
Spain would not only benefit from maintaining a single time throughout the year, but it would also have to occupy the time zone that corresponds to it geographically, that is, the Greenwich meridian. This would put us at the same time as London and the Canary Islands… and the tagline “one hour less in the Canary Islands” would disappear forever from the news.
Disadvantages of Fixed Summer Hours
However, in the particular case of Spain, some autonomous communities would be affected if summertime was set.
For example, in Galicia, it would not dawn until 9:30 in the morning. It would be a difficult situation for the human body to bear since it is usually used to carrying out daily activities in sunlight.
It should be noted that later in the evening our rest would also be affected. Being able to enjoy more hours of sunshine, the time to go to sleep would be delayed.
Instead, the time to wake up to go to class or work would be the same, so fatigue would be greater and performance and productivity could decrease .