Energy-Efficient Manufactured Homes — Tips To Boost Efficiency In Your Home
December 23rd, 2020
Just like any other home, manufactured homes are built to certain energy efficiency standards. And while modern manufactured homes are more energy-efficient than ever before, there are always areas where your home can improve!
This is particularly true of manufactured homes built before 1976 when national standards for energy efficiency became required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
So in this guide to energy-efficient manufactured homes from Community West Bank, we’ll discuss a few steps you can take to make your home more efficient and eco-friendly while saving money on your monthly energy bills.
1. Install Energy-Efficient Windows & Doors
This is one of the best improvements for an energy-efficient manufactured home. According to the Department of Energy, about 25% to 30% of home heating and cooling costs are related to heat gain or loss due to windows and doors.
If your windows and doors have seen better days, it may be time to replace them with new, energy-efficient units. Modern windows have multiple glass panes and special coatings to help with efficiency, and doors are often built with a fiberglass core that helps minimize heat loss.
2. Add Caulking & Weatherstripping To Existing Windows & Doors
If you don’t need to replace your windows and doors, this is a good way to retrofit them for more energy efficiency. Caulk and weatherstripping can be used to cover up gaps between the windows and doors, which prevents drafts and helps preserve interior temperatures.
3. Install More Insulation To Your Home
If you own a manufactured home, it’s typically much easier to add insulation in the roof and in the belly compared to the walls. Blown foam or fiberglass insulation can help minimize heat loss and keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Adding insulation to your walls can also be an option, but you should note that many manufactured homes built pre-1976 only have 2-inch by 2-inch studs, which means adding more insulation is difficult.
Newer manufactured homes have 2-inch by 4-inch studs, which makes it easier to add more insulation, but it’s best to consult with a professional to see if this is practical or necessary for your manufactured home.