Figure : increase-in-cooling-demand-and-decrease-in-heating-demand

Increase in Cooling Demand and Decrease in Heating Demand

Figure 4.2


This figure appears in chapter 4 of the Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment report.

http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/highlights/report-findings/infrastructure/graphics/increase-cooling-demand-and-decrease-heating

The amount of energy needed to cool (or warm) buildings is proportional to cooling (or heating) degree days. The figure shows increases in population-weighted cooling degree days, which result in increased air conditioning use, and decreases in population-weighted heating degree days, meaning less energy required to heat buildings in winter, compared to the average for 1970-2000. Cooling degree days are defined as the number of degrees that a day’s average temperature is above 65°F, while heating degree days are the number of degrees a day’s average temperature is below 65°F. As shown, the increase in cooling needs is greater than the decrease in heating needs (Data from NOAA NCDC 2012da636886-4bc3-400b-8ce8-dc51f16ac54f).

When citing this figure, please reference EIA 2008 and NOAA NCDC 2012.

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This figure was created on April 28, 2014.

Provenance
This figure was derived from Annual Energy Outlook. DOE/EIA-0383(2008)

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