Manufactured homes, otherwise known as mobile homes, are a necessary and affordable form of housing for many Americans. Newer manufactured homes offer plenty of attractive amenities and can even improve energy efficiency for homeowners. Some of them even make use of renewable energy technologies for heating. Many manufactured homes are smaller than the average traditional single-family home, so less square footage can mean lower energy costs, if the home is properly outfitted.
There are major differences between manufactured/mobile homes built before the Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD, took over regulatory authority in 1976 and those built after. Those residing in pre-1976 manufactured homes will probably need to improve energy efficiency to minimize heat loss. This can be accomplished by install energy-efficient windows and doors, adding insulation and by doing repairs, like caulking and duct work.
Insulated skirting, belly wrap and a roof cap might be in order. Although the insulating capacity of roof caps is not up to par with blown-in insulation, they come in kits that include fiberglass insulation boards with a rubber or a metal covering. Roof caps can insulate without disturbing the existing roof. Beyond that, if all leaks in the old roof are sealed, the old roof helps eliminate moisture problems and the need for ventilation.
Tests conducted on older manufactured homes by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory from 1988 to 1991 found that the previously mentioned improvements resulted in a more that 30% reduction in heating fuel usage. To further improve your manufactured home’s energy efficiency, add weather-stripping to all of the windows and doors, or better yet, replace them with more energy-efficient ones. Sealing any openings around plumbing fixtures and ducts can help too, as can upgrading to energy-efficient lighting and appliances.
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