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Energy Use When Warm and Smoky

Authors: Ronda Strauch · Joseph Contreras · Joe McEwen · John Rudolph
Owners: Ronda Strauch
Resource type:Composite Resource
Created:Nov 06, 2018 at 8:38 p.m.
Last updated: Nov 06, 2018 at 8:50 p.m. by Ronda Strauch


This project investigates the impacts on residential power demand during warm summers when air quality is compromised by smoke from wildfires. We hypothesize that the energy use increases when the air is smoky because of additional purchase and use of air conditioners and air purifiers when temperatures are warm and the air is smoky from wildfires because windows must be kept closed, eliminating the evening cooling ability practiced by homeowners. We'll focus our analysis in the Seattle area using Seattle City Light energy use data and SeaTac weather station data. U.S. Air Quality Index (AQI), EPA’s index for reporting air quality ranging from 0 to 500, will be used for air quality data. The timeframe will initially focus on June through August during 2015 through 2018.

Subject Keywords

energy,Seattle,air quality,temperature,Smoke

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Strauch, R., J. Contreras, J. McEwen, J. Rudolph (2018). Energy Use When Warm and Smoky, HydroShare, http://www.hydroshare.org/resource/fbaf71d5dae541c7824dddbbe5f34171

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 Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:  WGS 84 EPSG:4326
 Coordinate Units:  Decimal degrees
Place/Area Name: Seattle, washington

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Name Organization Address Phone Author Identifiers
Ronda Strauch University of Washington
Joseph Contreras Seattle City Light Seattle, Washington
Joe McEwen Seattle City Light Seattle, Washington
John Rudolph Seattle City Light Seattle, Washington


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