Below average temperatures mean energy costs savings for many residents and business owners in the United States.
During the first three weeks in July, Chicago residents and business owners have used 35 percent less energy than the 30-year average to cool their homes and business, and in Atlanta, the savings has been around 12 percent. Home and business owners in the Midwest, East and South can expect this trend to continue into the last part of July, according to AccuWeather. After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, cool air will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
The cool July will offset some of the high energy demands from the past winter, which was much colder than average over much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation.
The below-normal average for the Midwest will factor in the roller-coaster temperatures of this month, including cool weather during the first part of the month, record chill from last week, a spike in heat early this week and more cool air coming during the last part of the month.
Temperatures over much of the South will finish the month averaging 1 to 3 degrees below normal, while much of the coastal Northeast averages within a degree or so of normal for July.
Unfortunately, August is not looking as positive from an energy savings standpoint. AccuWeather is forecasting a trend toward more warmer and fewer cool days over the eastern third of the nation than it has for most of the summer.
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