Degree days correction

The consumption of natural gas or other sources of heat for heating depends on the weather. The colder it is, the more heat is required. To see whether the increase in energy consumption is due to the weather you can correct gas consumption by degree days. Degree days correction has no effect on the environmental impact and CO2-emissions (because you really consume so much gas / wood chips / district heating), but there are several indicators that calculate the degree day corrected consumption.

The number of degree days is the number of degrees the average daily temperature of the day is below 18.0°C. By adding these degree days you will get the number of degree days of a month or a year.

When looking for data on degree days, you will encounter unweighted and weighted degree days. Weighted degree days are adjusted for the influence of the sun on the perception of the temperature in a building. In spring and summer, the contribution of solar heat through windows is higher than in winter; at the same outside temperature you get more ‘additional heating’ from solar radiation. As a result, you will burn more gas on a 10°C winter day than on a 10°C spring day to get the same level of comfort. In general, choose for weighted degree day.But if you have few windows on the south, for example, unweighted degree days may be better. You can determine this yourself the best.

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