Degree day analysis is a way of analysing how much energy (gas or electric) is consumed or used in relation to the ambient outside air temperature. It is important to understand that if the correlation between energy usage (electric and gas) with the outside air temperature is weak, that this could indicate poor control and result in energy waste.
Degree day analysis can be carried out for business properties to analyse the consumption of chillers compared to the outside air temperature. In an efficiently controlled building, we would expect to see a trend that shows the warmer the weather, the higher the consumption of the chillers.
As we head into the autumn months, and the heating season approaches, Heating Degree Day Analysis is a great tool for businesses to use. One of the energy management services Efficiency Direct offer is Energy Reports for businesses. As part of these energy reports, we can provide degree day analysis of your business premises.
The key benefits of degree day analysis
1. On-going monitoring of large energy users within business
Cooling and heating business premises accounts for a large proportion of business energy spend so monitoring these supplies allows businesses to better understand usage of these supplies and identify energy savings.
2. Identify heating and cooling conflicts
By monitoring building heating and cooling supplies, it is possible to identify, if there are any conflicts where the building is being heated and cooled at the same time. Any conflicts discovered can be resolved and result in energy savings.
3. Tighter building control
Business can install temperature sensors within their buildings and properties, so that the buildings heating and cooling systems respond more efficiently to the demand.
Although, degree day analysis may seem complicated, Efficiency Direct can provide this information as part of the business energy reporting package to help businesses better understand energy usage and identify energy wastage.