Like any typical mobile home, structure of a double wide is not usually of top quality. While the recent manufactured homes have improved over time, the older models still need some help to make it more efficient. Even though double wide homes are affordable than standard houses, it tends to be less energy efficient in the long run. If you want to save money on utility costs, there are ways to make your double wide home more efficient. You can set aside a budget to make small changes and keep up with general home repairs.
Things to Do
First, fill in any cracks and holes around windows and door frames with caulking to prevent drafts from coming in.
Next, buy plastic covering kits for windows and hang the plastic to the window frame. Most window kits use a hair dryer to shrink the plastic after sticking it to the frame. Plastic window covers are useful in eliminating drafts during the winter season.
You also need to install weather stripping around the door frame to get rid of drafts. An adhesive may be used to complete the task. Just make sure you don’t place the weather stripping on the door itself.
Hang some drapes made of heavy fabric on the windows to shut out drafts and cold night air. This will help to keep your home warm during the cold seasons.
Don’t forget to install insulation on your double wide home. It is best to hire a professional to handle this project. The walls and roof of your home should be insulated to hold in the heat during winter and the air conditioning during summer. You should also lay some insulation underneath your double wide to prevent cold air from seeping into your home during cold months.
Replace appliances that don’t have the Energy Star seal with ones that have it. This is because appliances that contain the seal are 40% more energy efficient. This can save you money and from paying expensive utility bills in the long run.
Lastly, if your double wide home is in a permanent location, you can start to plant trees around the area to serve as shade during the summer months. On winter, these trees lose their leaves to allow sunshine to get in and warm your home.
These are just simple instructions that provide the greatest benefit to homeowners of double wide houses.