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Tin Foil Hat Time

04 Nov 2011 05:51 AM
The sham that is daylight saving time ends this weekend and so to encourage those who wear tin foil hats, the featured chart is presented comparing two periods of the day computed in CST and CDT. For the work day, the difference is computed between the 8 hour average temperature computed over the 8 AM to 4 PM period based in CST and CDT year-round. The "CDT effect" is for a slightly cooler 8 hour work day as compared to the same period if it was CST all summer. This effect remains the same in the winter time, but lo and behold our clocks go back to CST to reverse the effect. From an energy perspective, the result is potentially favorable for businesses to save a bit on cooling in the summertime and heating in the winter time. It is a conspiracy! Of course, when we are at home, the effect is reversed, so we have slightly warmer sleeping periods in the summer with CDT and cooler sleeping periods in the winter with CST. Your head is probably spinning trying to follow the logic presented, but think how CDT shifts the work day into earlier in the day to leave more light at night and time for lawyers to golf after work (net cooler, less cooling bill). In the winter, the shift is for more light in the morning (so that kids have light to go to school, whatever) which puts more of the work day into hours with sunlight (net warmer, less heating bill). Enjoy the extra hour of sleep :)

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