Daylight Saving 2022: When Do We Spring Forward and How Much Money Does It Save?

At 2 A.M. Friday – that is, two hours after midnight Thursday – clocks move forward one hour, to 3 A.M, but despite the economic advantages, a year-round summer clock likely won't be adopted

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A sunrise over Jerusalem.
A sunrise over Jerusalem.Credit: Davidson Norris

Daylight saving time 2022: At 2 A.M. Friday – that is, two hours after midnight on Thursday – clocks move forward one hour, to 3 A.M. Although there is an economic advantage to the switch, neither Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked’s proposal to make the change three weeks earlier, nor suggestions to adopt the summer clock year-round are likely to come into fruition.

How useful is it?

Although switching to Israel daylight time will cost us an hour of sleep, assuming that we wake up at the same hour according to the clock, and early risers will have to wait another hour until sunrise, daylight saving time is very popular in Israel. Not everyone agrees as to its economic benefits, but the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel estimates that it contributes more than 300 million shekels ($93 million) a year to the economy – up to 60 million shekels of that due to energy savings. For example, because the sun sets at a later time, less energy is required for lighting. The remainder is attributed to the increase in labor productivity and in economic competitiveness, as well as a rise in recreation, leisure and tourism spending.

Ron Tomer, president of the manufacturers’ organization and chair of the Presidency of Employers and Businesses in Israel, this week once again called on the cabinet to apply DST throughout the year, saying the move would “jump-start productivity” and improve the quality of life for all Israelis.

When do we return to standard time?

Since 2013, summer time has begun on the Friday before the last Sunday in March and ended on the last Sunday in October. This year, Israel daylight time will be in effect until 2 A.M. October 30.

In 2020, then-Interior Minister Arye Dery proposed delaying the move to DST until May 1, in a bid to discourage gatherings during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, but this was rejected.

At the end of last year, Shaked proposed making the shift to summer time in early March, to increase the overall savings and give parents more free time with their children before dark. There’s nothing to worry about, she said, sunrise is early enough so children will go to school in the light and Orthodox Jews will have time for Shaharit, the morning prayer service, before work.”

But Shaked’s proposal was put off by at least one year, after the Israel Airports Authority said it would not be ready in time for the change, citing difficulties in resynchronizing with the International Air Transport Association.

Is there a chance that we’ll forgo “winter time”?

After the last change to DST, no serious proposals for moving Israel to permanent summer time are in the works. A few countries have adopted such a move. In 2018 the European Parliament voted to end the twice-a-year switch, allowing each European Union member state to decide for itself to stay on either “summer” or “winter” time permanently. The move was supposed to take place in 2021, but officials in Brussels delayed it, in part due to the pandemic. It thus seems that Europe, too, will likely switch between daylight saving time and standard time again this year.

Meanwhile, on March 15 the U.S. Senate approved making DST permanent, and if the House of Representatives passes the bill and President Joe Biden signs it into law, “falling back” in the fall will end this year.

How to manually update your phone's time

People with mobile phones who don't select "auto network time" or users who don't trust the auto-update mechanism can manually update the time on their device. Even after switching to manual setup, it is possible to switch back to automatic settings.

Android

Android menus vary by model, but usually time settings are in the general settings menu of the device or within the clock settings. In the Settings menu, click "Date & Time." Automatic date and time should now be turned off. Next, select the appropriate time zone – Jerusalem – and manually adjust the time and date.

iPhone

In the Settings menu, click "General." Select "Date & Time" and deselect "Automatic." Next, click on the appropriate time zone and adjust the clock manually.

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