Saving Daylight and Money, Too

Daylight Savings Time goes into effect at 2 A.M. tomorrow, Friday morning, and will remain in effect for 184 days.

The estimated saving to households as a result of the extra hour of daylight in the evening is NIS 26 million on electricity expenses.

According to the chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Israel's energy committee, Naveh Sela, the economy as a whole will see about NIS 115 million in energy savings. He said the average decrease of 0.6% in electricity consumption as a result of less need for artificial lighting and air conditioning adds up to about NIS 70 million.

The remaining cost benefits of DST come from increased worker productivity and output in industry and throughout the economy, improved quality of life, longer opening hours for stores, shopping centers and malls and a drop in traffic accidents.

Daylight saving time begins every year at 2 A.M. on the Friday before April 2.