Energy efficiency in modular and manufactured homes

Energy-conserving features such as high-efficiency windows, thicker insulation and better heating systems could increase the purchase price of a home. It is money well invested, however, when they lower the energy bill.

Manufactured homes are built with a cost-effective approach to energy-efficiency. HUD has written new energy standards to make sure manufactured home buyers have the lowest possible total energy costs. To figure total energy costs they combine the price of the home's energy features and the monthly utility bills.

HUD standards take into consideration that each region of the country has a different climate that requires slightly different combinations of features. This ensures that homebuyers in each region receive the lowest possible energy cost.

Since building codes vary from state to state for modular homes, you will need to talk to a modular dealer in your area to see what energy standards their homes will have.

When considering energy efficiency features for your home you must keep in mind several things: 

  • You can put so many energy efficiency features in your home that the mortgage costs rise more than the savings you will have in your energy bills.

  • You can put too few energy efficiency features in your home and that will make your energy bills too high.

  • The right combination of features will keep a balance in the cost of the home and savings in your energy bills. This is the standard manufactured homes must meet.

Ask your local retailer about specific options available in your area. You will usually have the choice of energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges and heating and cooling features such as furnace and air conditioners or heat pumps.

A good insulating system would include a combination of products and construction methods You can usually reduce your heating and cooling needs by up to 30% by investing just a few hundred dollars.

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