March 2019 was slightly warmer than March 2018. The average high temperature was 77 – one degree hotter than last year. Rainfall for March of 2019 was 0.12 inches compared to last March at 2.03 inches.
Based on data from the Leesburg weather station, April’s average high will heat up to the mid 80s, and the average historical low is 58 degrees. This variance could mean toggling between cooling your home in the day and heating it at night as temperatures drop. That said, if you haven’t changed your HVAC filter since last year, now is a good time to do so. It’s also a good time to have a qualified technician perform a health check on your system.
April rainfall is forecast to be heavier than normal compared to 2018. Warmer weather is right around the corner, so remember that every degree above 78 degrees on your thermostat will save you 6%-8% on your cooling costs.
If you’re interested in the HDDs and CDDs, there were 108 cooling degree days and 62 heating degree days for March 2019, while last year there were 84 cooling degree days with 67 heating degree days. The Degree Days are based on how much warmer or cooler the average temperature at a particular location is than 65°F. In other words, if the average temperature is 60° degrees outside on a particular day, there are 5 Heating Degree Days for that day in that location.
If you want to check historical usage, log into SmartHub to view past bills and charts. If your usage is high, SECO offers several energy-efficiency tools to help you identify energy wasters. Take the Home Energy Assessment to receive a detailed email tailored to your home’s features and lifestyle. The energy-saving advice will provide low-cost ways to decrease your usage – and your electric bill.
To easily calculate how much energy your appliances, lighting, electronic devices, and other energy-using items in your home consume, use the Energy Estimator. If you want a member of our Energy Services team to come to your home to perform a free energy audit, contact us today to book an appointment.
** Past weather data sourced from Leesburg Airport weather station.