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f you live in a manufactured home, chances are you have a higher energy bill than someone


in traditional wood-frame home. The good news is there are ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency.


First, a clarification. A mobile home is a factory built home constructed before the federal government established certain manufacturing standards in 1976. After this date,factory-built homes became "manufactured homes" because they are engineered and constructed in accordance with the 1976 federal code.


Manufactured homes come in all shapes and sizes with various floor plan configurations. Compared to the pre-1976 models, there are a lot of differences, especially when it comes to energy efficiency.


Mobile homes built before federal standards were put in place are not as energy efficient as later models, even though thermal standards were changed in 1994. Significant progress has been made over the past decades with high-efficiency mechanical equipment, windows, insulation, siding and roofing materials.


That said, nearly every manufactured home can benefit from a few energy efficiency measures. Wear and tear caused by sunlight, seasonal temperature changes and wind can cause problems that increase air leakage. Doors and windows may not close tightly and duct work can come loose, which wastes a lot of cooling and heating


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If your home was built before 1976, the Dept. of Energy recommends the following steps to retrofit your manufactured home and improve energy efficiency:


1. Install energy-efficient windows and doors


2. Replace insulation in the belly


3. Make general repairs (seal bottom board, caulk windows, doors, ducts and around plumbing fixtures)


4. Add insulation to your walls 5. Install or seal belly wrap


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


Even small measures add up: Replace any incandescent light bulbs with LEDs – both indoors and outside. Reduce “phantom” loads by unplugging electronic devices such as computers, printers and gaming systems when not in use.


If you are planning to move to a new manufactured home in the future, shop for an Energy Star rated model for the utmost energy efficiency. Q


To learn more about making your home more energy efficient, contact Kiamichi Electric at 800-888-2731. KEC offers free home energy audits, energy efficiency rebates and more.


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