Weather impacts your energy usage in your daily lives. Drastic changes in the climates have also affected the way we use energy, which in turn correspond with spikes and drops in greenhouse gas emissions, further affecting climate. Harsher temperatures such as above 100 and below 40 puts a strain on your heating and cooling system, pushing it to capacity, reducing efficiency, and draining energy supplies, along with your wallet
Hot Weather and Energy Usage
Troubles: Summertimes leads to peaks in electricity use as cooling demands rise with temperature which results in 50 % of your bill.
Your solution: when you leave your home for any length of time you can save energy by switching your AC’s fan setting to “auto” and your thermostat to 78 F and 82+ Or you can make life easier by upgrading to a programmable thermostat.
Cold Weather and Energy Usage
Troubles: Winter days don’t go easy on you or your wallet and the electrical grid. Portable heaters and strip heaters account to the highest sources of electricity demand during periods of extreme cold. Snow, ice and cold wind can also worsen grid problems, breaking lines. Due to increased demand for heating oil and natural gas prices also peak during this time.
Your solution: Planned construction of an airtight, properly insulated structure and dressing appropriately to start with, and using portable heaters wisely. To save your utility bills avoid heating unoccupied spaces, heat only occupied rooms with a portable heater in combination with lowering your thermostat temperature
Troubles: Higher humidity will make you want to lower the thermostat in an effort to stay comfortable. This causes your air conditioner to run longer and increases energy usage.
Your solution: Ceiling fans can help you feel cooler with far less energy usage than your air conditioner.
Effects on the environment and climate
That depends on the source of energy. On a global scale, there is a high demand for fossil fuels, which release gases such as CO2 into the environment during the creation of energy.
Unfortunately, these gases trap heat in the atmosphere. Since the pre-Industrial Revolution era, the atmospheric greenhouse gases have increased by 30% and the level continues to rise with energy demand resulting in a damaging effect on the environment. Many scientists over the year have agreed that these trapped gases are currently affecting the climate, and will increasingly weigh on it as time goes on. Thus globally countries are developing interest in cleaner forms of energy, including nuclear, solar, wind, and geothermal.
Stats on Weather-related energy usage
Here’s how the weather impacted on global sectors
In Residential sectors, 58% of energy is used for heating and cooling. An increase of 1.6 F in average winter temperature decreases space heating needs to about 6-10%. During summer a drop of 1.6 F decreases cooling needs to 5-20%
In Commercial sectors, 40% of energy is used for heating and cooling, with similar savings such as in residential energy usage with temperature changes – 7.4-9 % and 9.4-15 %, respectively.
In industrial settings, there is a weak relationship between temperature and energy usage, though some sectors may be affected.
Transportation: Running the air conditioner reduces fuel efficiency by 12 %. Additionally, temperature changes affect the energy required to keep foods cool – an extra 26-32 million barrels of diesel per year.
Agriculture: Increase in temperature has put a strain on the agricultural sector as well since warmer temperatures affect evaporation rates and irrigation needs, with a significant fraction of 9 % of electricity load being used for irrigation in some areas. Electricity is also needed for keeping the livestock at a suitable temperature.
How to reduce energy usage
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Have your HVAC system professionally maintained annually
- Change your air filter every 3 months
- Make sure leaks around windows, doors, ducts, chimneys, outlets are sealed airtight
- Consider upgrading windows
- Install adequate insulation
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