One of the best ways to conserve energy in your home or business is to invest in energy-efficient appliances and practices. Energy-efficient manufactured homes use far less electricity, water, and other resources than average homes, and many of these efficient practices start at the factory where manufactured homes are built. Here’s a look at what makes manufactured homes more energy-efficient before they even hit the lot!
One major basis why manufactured homes are more energy-efficient than traditional housing is that it’s easier to insulate them. Since each house is individually built, no structural issues would forestall attic insulation. Many builders who build stick-built homes often use manufactured home techniques in order to get better insulation performance for their new homes. Furthermore, unlike traditionally built homes with perfectly flat roofs, almost all energy-efficient manufactured homes come with a built-in ridge vent that allows efficacious attic ventilation and insulation. This feature helps to eliminate an important source of heat loss – conduction through exterior walls – which can account for up to 60% of a home’s heating and cooling load in cold climates.
One of the many reasons manufactured homes are more energy-efficient is because they are made using sustainable materials that don’t add waste or pollution to our environment. This means that rather than using materials like synthetic fabrics and carpets, manufactured homes are built with wool insulation and biodegradable plastics. Residences constructed with sustainable materials are not solely beneficial for your home and your family, but it’s better for our planet too. Using environmentally friendly materials makes these houses not only more energy-efficient, but they also help reduce the environmental damage caused by other industries as well as contribute to a cleaner environment.
Air leakage represents a huge factor for home energy loss and is the major contributor of raised utility bills. That is why builders are paying extra attention to potential air leakage in the process of home designing. For example, built-in attic insulation is an industry-standard in today’s manufactured homes. And while insulation may not seem like much of a selling point, installing a properly insulated attic wall improves your home’s R-value (an industry term used to describe insulation) by 25 percent or more—which means better protection against heat loss through your roof.
Don’t waste money on things you don’t need. When you purchase a manufactured home, it is already built with an exact plan that fits your needs. This means more energy efficiency right off the bat because less work and materials go into building it in just one way. It also saves money because there are no customization fees to pay. If you purchase a modular home, you may not get as many options as a pre-built unit has to offer (which may limit your selection of efficient products).
When you purchase a home, you want it to be built with quality and durable materials. If your home is made out of wood rather than wood-aluminum composite, you may be putting yourself at risk of needing costly repairs down the road. Instead of fixing and repainting, manufactured homes are built using high-quality steel framing materials that can withstand years of use. Instead of regular stripping and painting, manufactured homes require minimal maintenance over time.