MANUFACTURED HOMES • February 18, 2015

Four Energy-Saving Ideas for Your Manufactured Home

Four Energy-Saving Ideas for Your Manufactured Home Image

Most homeowners agree that any enhancement they can make to their property that will save them money in the long run is a good one! At the same time, most of us are looking for ways we can lessen our impact on the environment. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to your manufactured home that merge both of these interests. From easy changes to bigger projects, there are almost limitless ways to save yourself some money while helping the environment, too. Here are just four ideas to get you started:

1. Paint your roof. A light-colored roof reflects heat and light, lowering the inside temperature of your home. That means you can give your air conditioner a bit of a break, which translates to lower bills, all while helping to reduce smog in your area.

2. Replace outdated light bulbs. Experts say that ten percent or more of your energy bill is directly linked to lighting. With energy-efficient bulbs in place, you’ll use a fraction of that.

3. Seal your windows and doors. Your heater and air conditioner have to work extra hard to keep the temperature in your manufactured home comfortable, especially if there are leaks around windows and doors. Stop the leaks by caulking or placing weatherstrips along windows and doors, and you’ll see your energy consumption go down in no time.

4. Add insulation. Both the under-floor and roof cavities can lead to significant heat loss, which means your heater will have to work longer and harder to maintain a warm temperature. Hiring a professional to add insulation to these empty spaces can make a real difference.

The best home improvement projects are those that save you money and help the environment. There are almost limitless ways to do this at your manufactured home, from quick fixes like replacing your light bulbs, to larger projects like adding insulation. No matter your budget or level of handiness, there are plenty of options for you to try!