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    Default Where to find degree day data?

    I'm having a heck of a time finding degree day data for Fairbanks.

    I can find average values, and old values. But I would like to find the last two months.

    Anybody know where to find it?

    Thanks!

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    You might be able to find it here.

    http://www.accuweather.com/us/ak/fai...cast-climo.asp

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    Default Here you go.

    http://climate.gi.alaska.edu/

    On the right hand side under historical data.

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    Default well...that wasn't easy to find at all......

    Whew!! I knew I saw it someplace....here it is.

    http://climate.gi.alaska.edu/Climate/Normals/HDD.html

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    thanks guys!

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    How do use the degree days? I mean does it have to be above a certain degree to count or what? Thanks Doug

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    I'm using them to compare my fuel bills for different to see if my energy usage is going down. My December bill was lower than my November bill, and December was colder. It is helping me see that my efforts to insulate and seal my home are doing something!

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    I know they use heat days for checking your heat load calcs but am not sure what they look for.

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    There are number of different ways to calculate it but it is the difference between the average temperature for the day and the temperature of the building.

    65 degrees is often used for the building temp. Say your average temp for the day was 15. Then your heating degree day would be 50. You can add up each day and get the degree days for a particular month, season, or year. It gives you an idea of how much heat is required to keep your house warm.

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