What does energy efficiency look like in a new manufactured home?
Energy efficiency is the use of technology that requires less energy to perform the same service. For example, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) can be used in place of incandescent light bulbs because CFLs use less energy to produce the same amount of light as incandescent light bulbs.
As a first-time home buyer, how to manage finances is a prominent question. You can cut back on your utility bills by investing in energy efficient features. Many manufactured home retailers offer energy efficient packages that can help you save money on your utility bills.
Energy efficiency isn’t just about saving money it’s about being green! Using less energy will not only reduce the carbon footprint, it can continue to deliver savings each month.
Compared to many older homes, the modern manufactured home is much more energy-efficient. With an energy efficient home, you will use less energy to run appliances as well as heat and cool your home. By choosing energy efficient home features, you can save money on your utility bill and reduce your energy consumption.
When looking at the benefits and features of an energy efficient manufactured home, keep in mind the average household energy consumption shown below. With the addition of energy efficient features, you will be able to decrease your energy consumption.
Average Household’s Energy Consumption by Percentage*:
41.5% Space Heating
34.6% Appliances & Electricity
17.7% Water Heating
6.2% Air Conditioning
*Source: 2009 RECS Survey conducted by U.S. Energy Information Administration
By upgrading your new manufactured home with energy efficient features, you can benefit from some of the following:
- Lower Energy Cost—Less energy needed for heating and cooling, which lowers utility costs.
- Improved Comfort—Energy efficient homes cut down on excessive temperatures to ensure a more comfortable environment.
- A Label Backed by the Government— If you choose an ENERGY STAR® certified home, know that they are verified by independent Home Energy Raters.
Energy efficient features in new manufactured homes
By adding upgraded insulation to your walls, roof and floor, the insulation can help create an even temperature throughout the house as well as decrease your energy usage which provides lower heating and cooling costs.
High Performance (or Low-E) windows
Available low emissive windows (Low-E) have a double-paned feature that regulate UV Rays to reduce heat loss during the winter and keep heat out during the summer.
Because of additional sealants injected around ducts and seams that prevents leaks, the central heating and air system is more efficient. This also keeps out excessive hot and cold air to ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, which will make your home more comfortable.
This technology will allow you to regulate temperature based on usability schedule. You can set your schedule in programmable thermostats so that it will adjust the temperature in the home depending on whether you are home or not.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s)
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs use less energy per month and last longer than standard incandescent bulbs.
The manufactured home construction process allows homebuyers the flexibility to customize the design of their home and select energy efficient features. Still looking for more ways to save money? Check out our energy savings checklist for ways you can save money each day!
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