WHAT IS A DEGREE DAY?
A Degree Day is simply a unit for measuring how cold
(or hot) it has been over a 24 hour period.
Whenever the average (or mean) temperature is below 65°, you have a Degree Day. For example, if during a 24 hour period the
high outdoor temperature was 70 degrees and the low was 50 degrees, then the average
temperature for that day was 60 degrees - halfway between 70 and 50 degrees. This is 5 degrees less than the base temperature
of 65°. Therefore, we can say that there
were 5 degree days for the period.
HOW DO I FIGURE OUT THE DAILY DEGREE DAYS?
Each day add the high and
the low temperatures together and divide by two - this will give you the MEAN temperature. Subtract the mean temperature from the base
figure of 65° and you have the daily degree days.
You can use either our Digitherm
Thermometer to find out the high
and low temperatures, or you can use a weather radio, a local newspaper, or go to
our weather links page.
HOW DO I COMPENSATE FOR HOT WATER?
You can use the
Degree Day System year round by using the table below to adjust for Hot Water Installations. When the MEAN temperature is:
62° and above
add 6 Degree Days •
54° to 57° add 4 Degree Days • 46° to 49° add 2 Degree Days
58° to 61°
add 5 Degree Days •
50° to 53° add 3 Degree Days • 43° to 45° add 1 Degree Day
WHAT IS A K-FACTOR?
It is simply a number showing how fast a customer uses
fuel. Like miles-per-gallon, think of a k-factor
as gallons per degree day.
WHAT ARE USABLE DEGREE DAYS?
Tells you how many degree days you can allow to elapse
before making the next delivery.
Since an oil tank cannot be allowed to run out, a safety
reserve is set up. Suggested reserves are:
- 75 gallons
1,000 tank - 250 gallons
550 tank - 150 gallons 1,500 tank - 300
WHAT IS THE DEGREE DAY NEXT DELIVERY?
The number of projected degree days at which a customer
will need fuel.
HOW DO YOU CALCULATE THE K-FACTOR?
Determine the K-Factor by dividing the number of degree
days between deliveries by the gallons of fuel used between
those deliveries. For example your customer
has a 275 gallon tank
A) 1390 minus
942 = 448 Degree Days between deliveries.
448 Degree Days ÷ 200* gallons = 2.24 K-Factor
*275 gallon tank – reserve of 75 gals.
WHAT DO FIGURE OUT “USABLE DEGREE DAYS”
IN A TANK?
Now multiply the number of gallons desired for your
next delivery by the K-Factor to give you how many degree days can elapse before
making the next delivery.
275 Gallons (tank capacity) minus reserve of 75 gals. = 200 gals.
this is 200
gals. of usable fuel in the tank.
200 (gals. usable fuel) x 2.24 (K-Factor)
= 448 usable degree days
HOW DO I FIGURE OUT WHEN THE NEXT DELIVERY
IS DUE ?
Add “D.D. of Usable Fuel” to the accumulated degree
days recorded on the day of delivery. This
number is the Degree Day Next Delivery
448 (Degree Day Usable Fuel) + 1390
(Total D.D. Heat & Hot Water on day of delivery) =
1838 Degree Days Next Delivery. This means that
when the accumulated degree days in your log reach 1838, schedule this customer
HOW LONG WILL MY ORDER TAKE?
Our standard delivery on personalized items is 15 business
days. Stock items are shipped in 24 hrs.
Did you know . . . 86% of orders ship in 10 days!!
If you need it sooner we do offer RUSH services . .
24 hr., 48 hr., & 72 hr. service is available on
phone orders only! Must be exact repeats.
HOW COME RUSH ORDERS ARE ONLY ON EXACT REPEATS?
It takes 5 days for the printing plates to cure to a
point where we can get the best quality imprint.
Any sooner, and your job won’t look as good as we want
it to. If we have to make new plates, the
earliest we can print is 6 days.
CAN I SEE IT BEFORE YOU PRINT IT?
furnish proofs at NO EXTRA CHARGE upon request.
PDF proofs look the best, so give us your email address
and we’ll send the proof there.
WILL ASKING FOR A PROOF DELAY MY ORDER?
NO!! We will
still ship you order within our standard delivery.
HOWEVER, you must either approve or send us corrections
in a timely manner.
DO WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
Yes, we accept the following:
but for now, we don’t process payments through the web-site.
WHY DOES MY TICKET PRINT
UPSIDEDOWN & BACKWARDS?
Well, if you’ve got a minute.
Our tickets are designed to work with all factory spec meters.
Degree Day Systems Inc. was there when Neptune started and when
Brodie, Master & Veeder-Root all started
up. Over the years,
good intentioned people sometimes put
Veeder-Root print heads on Neptune Meters and visa versa to save a few
dollars. All meters that come
factory direct print from the top sheet down,
NOT from the bottom (or hard copy) up.
They are not meant to print through the hard copy so
don’t let someone try to convince you that you can
by with doing that. We have universal
meter tickets that will work in any meter.
So please don’t call us and
that our tickets don’t work right. ASK FOR
SAMPLES before you order. THEY ARE FREE!!!!
GOOD THINGS TO KNOW. . .
Custom tickets, magnets, tags, labels & envelope
orders are processed on Thursdays. Therefore . . . get your order in by Wednesday
and your order will be processed that week. Orders for the above mentioned items
received on Friday, won’t go out until the following Friday.
We are always closed the day after Thanksgiving. If you need to order you can fax, email
or use our On-Line store.
We’ve done this for over 20 years, and we still get callers in our
voice mail upset that we’re not open.