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The Weather and Energy Usage

Nov 2, 2021 | Energy Efficiency, Smart Thermostats

The relationship between the weather and energy usage is a perpetual cycle. As temperatures spike or drop, energy use will increase or decrease due to a variety of factors. For example, as temperatures become colder, you will likely spend more money heating your home and trying to maintain a comfortable temperature. As leading providers of complete commercial and residential electrical services, the team at Expert Electric knows how important weather is when discussing energy usage. That is why we have compiled some information outlining how various weather conditions increase energy usage and how to minimize this increase wherever possible.

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How Does Weather Affect Energy Usage?

Seasonal weather conditions will drastically affect temperature and humidity levels, both of which have a substantial impact on energy usage. The following conditions tend to have the most significant impacts:

Extreme Heat

Summer heat can be extremely uncomfortable in any home or commercial building. As temperatures rise, air conditioning units and cooling fans will start to be used with much higher frequency. This increased usage directly correlates with an increased demand for energy and consumption rates. To minimize energy consumption during extreme heat, be sure to set your air conditioner’s fan setting to “auto” and ensure that your thermostat is set to 18°C or higher when you are not home. This will minimize consumption and reduce energy costs without sacrificing comfort.

Freezing Cold

Cold temperatures during autumn and winter can be uncomfortable and place additional strain on power grids. Wind, snow, and ice are also more common during these times, increasing the risk of grid problems or broken power lines. To maintain comfort, many homeowners and workers will utilize various forms of heaters. Portable heaters, strip heaters, and baseboard heaters are some of the highest sources of energy consumption during cold seasons. To minimize the necessity of these units, ensure that your home or commercial building is properly insulated, and all windows are fully sealed. It is also important to remember to turn these units off when no one is in the room.

Excessive Humidity

Humidity in the air can make the temperature seem higher than it is, causing many to lower their thermostat or utilize portable air conditioners to stay comfortable. These devices consume a significant amount of energy, so it is important to monitor how often they are used throughout the day. To maintain a high level of comfort while consuming less energy, consider using a ceiling fan or a portable dehumidifier instead of your central A/C or portable unit.

To learn more about energy usage or to determine how to minimize consumption during seasonal peaks, get in touch with the team at Expert Electric. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.