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The ElectraLite


May 2016


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If you live in a manufactured home, chances are you may have a dispro- portionately higher energy bill than a family living in a modular or traditional wood-frame home. The good news is there are many ways you can improve \RXU KRPH¶V HQHUJ\ HI¿FLHQF\ Manufactured home or mobile


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Manufactured homes come in all shapes and sizes. They may be single- or multi-sectioned and are available in YDULRXV VL]HV DQG ÀRRU SODQ FRQ¿JXUD- tions. There are many differences be- tween manufactured homes built before the U.S. HUD Code took effect in 1976 and those built afterward. One of the PDMRU GLIIHUHQFHV LV HQHUJ\ HI¿FLHQF\ Those built before federal standards were put in place were generally not as HQHUJ\ HI¿FLHQW DV ODWHU PRGHOV HYHQ though thermal standards were changed in 1994. And while your manufac- tured home may have been built to the HQHUJ\ VWDQGDUGV RI WKH WLPH VLJQL¿FDQW progress has been made over the past GHFDGHV ZLWK KLJK HI¿FLHQF\ PHFKDQL- cal equipment, windows, insulation, VLGLQJ DQG URR¿QJ PDWHULDOV


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tightly and duct work can spring leaks, wasting cooling and heating energy. If your home was built before 1976, the Dept. of Energy recommends the IROORZLQJ VWHSV WR UHWUR¿W \RXU PDQX- factured home and improve energy HI¿FLHQF\


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dows and doors 2. Replace insulation in the belly 3. Make general repairs (seal bottom board, caulk windows, doors, ducts, etc.) 4. Add insulation to your walls ,QVWDOO RU VHDO EHOO\ ZUDS


6. Add insulation to your roof or install a roof cap.


Additional energy saving tips In addition to the measures listed above, consider caulking and weather- stripping windows and doors, particu- larly if you are not able to replace them ZLWK PRUH HQHUJ\ HI¿FLHQW RQHV 3URS- erly seal any openings around ducts and SOXPELQJ ¿[WXUHV 5HSODFH DQ\ LQFDQ- descent light bulbs with LEDs – both indoors and outside. Reduce “phantom” loads by unplugging electronic devices such as computers, printers and gam- ing systems when not in use. If you are planning to move to a new manufac- tured home, look for the Energy Star rated model.


Join Our Geo-thermal Heat Pump Program; You Could Qualify for Rebates, Tax Credits


We are looking for members who want to participate in our geothermal heat pump program. If you are building a new home or have an old heating or air conditioning system, you are a great candidate. Call today for a free, no obligation consultation and to see if you qualify for our rebates and the 30-per- cent federal tax credit (tax credit expires December 31, 2016). The sooner you call, the sooner we can get you on the path to your energy


savings.


Remember, GO GO GEO! Call Geo-Energy Services at 1-844-GoGoGeo or 1-844-464-6436.


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