How to Make Your Mobile Home More Energy-Efficient
Are you looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of your older mobile home?
In terms of quality and energy efficiency, modern manufactured homes are now competitive with conventional site-built homes, making them a good choice for homeowners. So, if you’re still residing in an outdated mobile home, it probably consumes a lot of energy. Are you trying to find ways to cut your energy costs?
Fortunately, there are several adjustments you can make to remedy this. Keep reading to learn 3 steps you can take to make your mobile home more energy-efficient!
Update Your Windows
If you’re living in an old mobile home, your outdated, single-glazed windows could actually be costing you more. Nobody wants to throw their hard-earned money out the window!
Your best option is to choose Energy Star-certified windows for your mobile home. These windows have two, three, or even four panes of glass. Compared to single-glazed windows, double-glazed windows can cut heat loss by up to 30%.
These windows significantly reduce condensation and outside noise, and decrease the chance of mold showing up on your window frames. This is an energy-efficient improvement you can make to your mobile home that isn’t too expensive but provides great results.
Upgrade Your Kitchen Appliances
Appliances play a large role in making a mobile home energy-efficient! Many of today’s homes come equipped with Energy Star appliance packages.
Appliances with the Energy Star label typically use 10 to 50% less energy per year than older models.
But if you live in an older mobile home, you may be wasting energy. The old, outdated appliances have to work harder to complete the task they’re designed for! So, instead of pushing your finances too far, try saving up and replacing appliances one at a time to ease the burden!
Add New Insulation to Your Mobile Home
Poor insulation is one of the main causes of energy loss in mobile homes. Most homeowners don’t even realize the extent of their home’s poor insulation until they see the increasingly high energy bills. Properly insulated walls can cut a home’s heat loss by up to 13%. Also, a properly insulated underbelly can reduce heat loss by up to 11%.
The conventional methods for padding out the walls and underside of your mobile home are to blow insulation or add a solid form board. This should be done by an expert, so maybe hold off on the urge to DIY this task!
Some mobile homeowners go so far as to add insulated skirting around their homes as an extra measure if it isn’t already there.
Can I Make My Mobile Home More Energy-Efficient?
Even if you aren’t financially ready for any of the steps above, there are some simpler ideas you can implement now. Consider installing LED bulbs instead of incandescent to lower your energy bill. Try washing your laundry in cold water, and make sure to use a detergent that is compatible with cold water! Lastly, wash only full loads of laundry, not partial loads.
See, there are steps just about anyone can take toward making their mobile home more energy-efficient! Any step is a step in the right direction! Speak with a member at Braustin Homes today!