Spring has sprung! Though the recent cold front in the Midwest is a point of confusion for Mother Nature, the grass is growing green, the trees are budding, and the joy of spring allergies has embraced many. With the warm temperatures (hopefully) just around the corner, cooling our homes and the coinciding energy bills will be on everyone’s minds.
With GIS mapping, we are able to see a detailed map that coordinates coloring with cooling needs anywhere in the United States. The map, while giving intricate information about the cooling and energy needs of any location, also shows that there is more to these needs than just a latitudinal line.
Because of the versatile capabilities of GIS mapping, it is easy to flip the data and instead show heating needs for any given location.
With these two maps working in tandem, it is again an easy process to configure the data to show the ratio between heating and cooling needs. With this map, you can easily see where the most (and least) temperate locations in the United States are, and thus where your energy bills would be the lowest.