Climate change, Climate variation, Home winterization, Conservation assessment, Heating degree days
A methodology is presented to assess the effectiveness of conservation efforts relative to home heating. Billing period heating degree days and natural gas consumption relationships are established for a typical household for nineteen heating seasons using simple linear regression. Associated correlations (r2 values) were greater than 0. 95 for nineteen different seasons. Regression coefficients (b0 and b1) were found to decrease with time indicating reduced natural gas consumption due to conservation efforts. Procedures are presented to illustrate dollar savings relative to conservation efforts using the regression relationships. Long-term trends for heating degree days at the Ames, Iowa weather station reveal no striking trends for the period from 1900 through 1990, but differing patterns of interannual variability are identified.
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 1991 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Carlson, Richard E.
"Heating Degree Days in Iowa Relative to Home Natural Gas Consumption, Conservation Efforts, and Long-Term Trends,"
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS: Vol. 98:
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol98/iss4/4