5 Tips for Saving on Your Manufactured Home’s Energy Bill
The cost of home energy is predicted by many leading economists to rise over the next year. This is because of an increase in worldwide demand and greater regulation in many areas, the costs to buy energy will go up between three and ten percent. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much guaranteed that salaries won’t be increasing that much, forcing many families who live in manufactured homes to look for ways to save on their energy bill. Try these five tips in your manufactured home to save every month on this bill.
- Pay attention to your insulation.
Manufactured homes are known for not paying attention to this detail during the building process because it makes the homes more difficult to ship. That means that you’ll have to add weather stripping around your mobile home’s doors and windows yourself, or make sure that your landlord does this for you. Fortunately, weather sealing kits can be purchased at a hardware store for less than $20 in most areas, and they’re easy to install. Because there are so many gaps in mobile homes, it is estimated that you’ll make up this money in a month or two.
- Stop using your clothes dryer.
A typical electric clothes dryer will add about $25 to a typical energy bill in the winter, and even more if you have to get rid of all the extra heat with air conditioning. Hanging clothes on a clothesline or using a drying rack can save a lot of money.
- Turn off the central air conditioning and heating system.
Most mobile homes are compact enough that a window unit or two in the summer and one or two space heaters in the winter will keep the place cool or warm enough. You’ll use a lot less energy, and you won’t have to heat and cool spaces that you’re not using.
- Adjust your water heater’s thermostat.
After heating and cooling air, heating water is the second largest contributor to your monthly energy bill. Odds are, however, that you don’t need the water to be heated quite as much as it is. Lowering the thermostat on your water heater is safer for any young kids you have who might scald themselves when they turn on the faucet as well.
- Use plants.
Tall trees will provide shade for your mobile home, reducing energy costs. Planting short bushes around the perimeter will provide some insulation for water and sewer connections and protect the home from intruders getting underneath the floor.