February 2014 was a very cold month, and February 2015 was a full degree colder than that. While a few days made it to the upper 70s last month, it was not enough to raise average temperatures higher than February 2014’s averages. Wind speeds were generally slower this year compared to last. Overall, Members should expect to see an increase in consumption due to colder-than-average temperatures.
It’s no secret that temperature extremes can contribute to high utility bills. Keep up with the current forecast
and view Weather SmartStats, updated monthly, on this page to determine:
- the effect of high, low and average temperatures on your energy usage
- how average monthly wind speeds affected home air infiltration
- how much rain fell in North Texas
- the number of Heating and Cooling Degree Days
For a customized view of how weather affects your monthly energy usage, log in to your CoServ online account. From there, you can compare your energy consumption charts or data with local temperatures, your neighborhood and CoServ. This allows you to easily see how weather affects your energy bill by charting high, average and low temperatures that are displayed just beneath your usage.
Find out more about the weather’s effect on your energy usage at the National Weather Service. You’ll find current conditions and extended forecasts.
You can also learn how to save energy no matter how hot or cold it is outside.
What is a "Heating Degree Day" and "Cooling Degree Day"?
A "degree day" is a unit of measurement that records how hot or how cold it has been over a 24-hour period. It also reflects demand for energy to heat or cool houses and businesses. The number of degree-days applied to any particular day of the week is determined by calculating the mean temperature for the day and then comparing the mean temperature to a base value of 65 degrees Fahrenheit. (The "mean" temperature is calculated by adding together the high for the day and the low for the day, and then dividing the result by 2.) For example, if the mean temperature for the day is 5 degrees higher than 65, then there has been a 5° cooling degree day. On the other hand, if temperatures have been cooler and the mean temperature is 55 degrees, then there has been a 10° heating degree day (65 minus 55 equals 10).