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ENERGY SAVING TIPS FOR MANUFACTURED HOMES

Brand new manufactured homes (mobile homes or modulars) are designed with energy efficiency and renewable energy in mind. For older mobile homes, there is a great deal you can do to remodel or retro-fit your older manufactured home or construction trailer to improve energy efficiency and reduce cost.
 
  • Install energy-efficient windows and doors
  • Add insulation to the belly
  • Make general repairs (caulking, ducts, etc.)
 
  • Add or replace insulation to your walls
  • Install insulated skirting
 
  • Install a belly wrap
  • Add insulation to your roof or install a roof cap.
 
 

COLD WEATHER ENERGY SAVING TIPS

Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun
Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
Cover Drafty Windows
Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration. Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing. Find out about other window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.
Adjust the Temperature
When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. Be sure to insulate any water pipes that cold burst when you turn down your thermostat. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature. Find out how to operate your thermostat for maximum energy savings. Also see ENERGY STAR’s June 5, 2008, podcast for video instructions on operating your programmable thermostat.
Find and Seal Leaks
Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes, gaps around chimneys, recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets. Find out how to detect air leaks. Learn more about sealing air leaks in new and existing homes. Find out how to select and apply the appropriate caulk. Learn how to select and apply weatherstripping.
Maintain Your Heating Systems
Schedule service for your heating system. Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently. For furnaces, replace your furnace filter once a month or as needed. Find out more about maintaining your furnace or boiler. For wood and pellet-burning heaters, clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure that your home is heated efficiently. Find other maintenance recommendations for wood- and pellet-burning appliances.
Reduce Fireplace Heat Loss
Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney. When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly–approximately 1 inch–and close doors leading into the room. Lower the thermostat setting to between 50° and 55°F. If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue. If you do use the fireplace, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room. Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible. Purchase grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room. Add caulking around the fireplace hearth. Find out more techniques to improve your fireplace or wood-burning appliance’s efficiency. Learn tips for safe and efficient fireplace installation and wood burning.
Lower Water Heating Costs
Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature gage on your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You’ll not only save energy, you’ll avoid scalding your hands. Find other strategies for energy-efficient water heating.
Lower Holiday Lighting Costs
Use light-emitting diode — or “LED” — holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays. Learn about the advantages and potential cost savings of LED holiday light strings. Find manufacturers and brands of ENERGY STAR®-qualified decorative light strings.
 

IMPROVE AIR QUALITY

Have you noticed your home is dustier then normal? Do you or family members suffer from allergies? Have you noticed an increase in respiratory colds with your family? Get relief and strengthen your immune system by scheduling a routine Furnace Maintenance. Changing your furnace filters every 1 or 3 months can greatly improve your overall health, and the health of your furnace too. We will clean your furnace and make sure its running efficiently. Give us a call today at (303) 424-3217 to schedule your Furnace Maintenance.
What You Can Do to Improve Indoor Air Quality
  • Keep your floors clean: Pollutants and allergens can collect on the floors and baseboards of your home, so be sure to sweep, vacuum, mop, and keep “outdoor shoes” by the entrance!
  • Keep humidity levels in check: Reduce mold and mites from multiplying. Refrain from overwatering plants, overly damp soil grows mold spore, which is harmful to you and the plant.
  • Making your home a smoke-free zone: This will greatly improve the health of all who reside in your home.
  • Depending on usage, replace furnace air filters every 1 – 3 months, this will promote healthy air in your home.
  • Air out your home daily: Briefly opening your windows will help dissipate harmful emissions that have built up in your home from pets, radon, perfume, carpet, linoleum, granite countertops, paint, etc.
  • Keep pets clean: Your pets can bring many types of pollutants into your home.
  • Clean with soap and water on a microfiber washcloth: Enzymes in most cleaning sprays are very harmful to your eyes and lungs. Be sure to ventilate your home when using household cleaners.