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Energy costs are rising, which means mobile homeowners are paying more and more every year to cool their homes in the San Antonio heat. That means many people are considering energy efficiency more than ever before.
Fortunately, manufactured homes are becoming more energy-efficient. They have a reputation for not being cost-efficient when it comes to utilities. Previously, mobile homeowners paid just as much, if not more, to heat and cool their homes. Today, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has set standards for energy efficiency in place that ensure this is no longer the case.
Additionally, energy efficiency is a top priority for mobile home manufacturers. For example, our Clayton mobile homes are leading the industry with more sustainable building practices and more energy-efficient features, like smart home thermostats. Nowadays, some of the most energy-efficient homes are manufactured!
Manufactured homes are more energy-efficient than stick-built houses because of the very nature of the construction process. They are built part by part in a factory before being transported to the land where they will be placed. This aspect of the process is very different than building a home in the traditional way, and it is the key to greater energy efficiency.
First, because they are manufactured and then shipped to the site, the building process is much more controlled. It cannot be interrupted by inclement wealth conditions, unlike a site-built home. If a rainstorm occurs while constructing a home onsite, it can cause significant damage. This is not a concern when manufacturing a home because the building process occurs all indoors.
Additionally, manufactured homes are built with a specific floor plan that is reproduced many times. This means that there is less risk of unforeseen issues disrupting the process. Therefore, the materials are conserved, reducing the overall cost of production.
All in all, manufactured homes are built more efficiently and with less waste than site-built homes.
Mobile homes are now being outfitted with some of the most energy-efficient appliances available. Not only do they work faster and quieter than in previous years, but you can also save a lot on energy costs with the newer models. For example, washers and dryers now feature a low-energy mode, which allows you to wash and dry clothes more efficiently. Dishwashers also include features like this, which are now standard in mobile homes.
Manufactured homes are also increasing their energy efficiency with the HVAC system. Smart thermostats come standard with modern mobile homes. The technology here has enabled mobile homeowners to lower their home’s temperature automatically when they don’t need it as high, such as overnight, and prioritize only when it is used the most.
The specific energy savings vary from brand to brand, but it’s estimated that you can save around 30% of your energy costs per year by using a smart thermostat.
Even with these factors, you may want to cut costs further. Fortunately, it’s relatively simple to make your mobile home even more energy-efficient.
At Braustin Homes, we want to ensure every family has access to the American dream of homeownership. Rising utility costs should not get in the way of the average family accessing this affordable housing option. If you are looking for an energy-efficient manufactured home, we would love to help you out. Contact one of our Housing Consultants for assistance!
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