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Mobile Home Efficiency

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, manufactured homes use almost twice as much energy per square foot as single family homes do, resulting in $1,600 in annual electricity bills. After thirty years of high energy costs, mobile home owners spend equal to the entire purchase price of the home.

Thankfully, owners of manufactured can enjoy some of the same energy efficiency benefits (such as lower energy bills and environmental friendliness) as those in permanent structures by taking a number of energy savings steps. 
 

 

If you have the financial means, getting your manufactured home professionally serviced can drastically reduce energy consumption and your utility bills! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the following measures are the most cost-effective energy conservation measures you can take. Ask your handyman to do the following:

  • Seal air leaks and furnace ducts  
  • Tune-up your furnace
  • Blow insulation into the home’s underside (called the belly)
  • Install interior storm windows
  • Blow insulation on to the roof
  • Clean, tune up, repair, and occasionally replace the heating system. Ensure your air filters are frequently cleaned for maximum efficiency
  • Repaint the roof of your mobile home to deflect the heat that can potentially leak inside

If you plan to purchase a new manufactured home, keep the following in mind:

  Try purchasing an ENERGY STAR certified manufactured home. These might be slightly more expensive than non certified models, but they are officially established as energy efficient by national guidelines and have the potential for significant energy savings later.  

Search for features such as...

  • Low-Emittance (Low-Ewindows, which are specifically coated to reflect heat--keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in summer
  • Programmable thermostats so you have more control of your home's energy usage
  • Sealed marriage lines in multi-section units
  • 2X6 lumber instead of 2X4, to increase cavities and improve your home's circulation
  • Certified ENERGY STAR appliances

 

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