Sep, 5 2013 00:09
Just because a home isn’t built on-site doesn’t mean that it can’t be energy efficient. Manufactured homes – which are built piece by piece in a factory and then transported to a building site and installed – have been around for decades. And with a little planning, they can be just as green as any other home.
Before 1976, there weren’t a lot of standards to guide the energy efficiency of manufactured homes. In that year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code took effect, and energy efficiency began to improve.
The HUD code is a set of standards for manufactured homes around design and construction, strength and durability, fire resistance, energy efficiency, transportability and quality control. And while the HUD code is a good starting point, there are a lot of things manufactured home owners can do to improve the energy efficiency of their home.
These ideas can save you a great deal of money on your energy bills, but they do require an upfront investment to get them up and running. While you’re thinking about which way to go, remember that there are also lots of simple, inexpensive things you can do to maximize the energy efficiency of your manufactured home, such as:
Just because they are not built on-site doesn’t mean that manufactured homes have to be energy wasters. Use the tips above to save money and make your home amazingly energy efficient, and amazingly yours.
If you need help making your current home more energy efficient, more comfortable and more durable, call your local Home Energy Team affiliate. Visit www.HomeEnergyTeam.com or call 1-800-309-6006 for more details.Join my circles on G+