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Sustainability Tips for Mobile Home Residents

Posted by Tim on May 2, 2024
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If you live in a manufactured home community, spring is a great time to look at your home and your lot to see how you might “go green” and reduce your carbon footprint. In this blog post, we’re sharing sustainability tips for homeowners in mobile home parks and manufactured home communities.

Flower Power. When you improve your landscaping with flowers, not only will your outdoor spaces look colorful and lively, but native flowers will also further support pollinators and may save you time and money on maintaining them. Local flora tends to require much less water than lawn grass and will be better suited to survive throughout the seasons due to being naturally adapted to the area. Also, bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies all help spread seeds of different plants and flowers, and hummingbirds can be fed a mixture of sugar and water to help sustain these pollinators. Worker insulating a room wall with mineral rock wool thermal insulation.

Water wisely. As the months start to warm up, consider watering your lawns, gardens, or other plants in the morning or evening when it is cooler. Watering your greenery in the middle of the day can cause the water to evaporate more than hydrate your landscaping, wasting money and water.

According to The Global Sustainability Study of 2021, 85 percent of people across the globe (55 percent in the U.S.) say they have changed their habits at home to be more environmentally friendly, and we’re confident these figures have grown since the study.

Manufactured homes are made in a more sustainable way than traditional site-built homes. They produce less waste during the construction process and require less water, less energy to heat, and have other benefits.

However, there are still extra steps that homeowners can take – and park owners can encourage – to create a positive impact on the environment. Here are a few practical and affordable options:

See the light. If you still use incandescent lighting, it’s time to switch to LED (light-emitting diodes) lights or CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps). LEDs and CFLs use at least 75 percent less energy than other types of lights and last up to 25 times longer. Remember that you don’t have to replace all your lightbulbs at once. Instead, gradually replace them with more energy-efficient options as they burn out.

Revamp your roof. A light-colored roof coating can significantly lower your home’s temperature because it reflects sunlight. By lowering your home’s temperature, especially during the summer, you can reduce your energy bills since you won’t have to run the air conditioner as often. Running the air conditioner less often helps to reduce your overall energy usage and, by default, your carbon footprint.

Install more insulation. Consider adding more insulation underneath your home and to its walls. Insulating these areas will prevent heated or cooled air loss, which helps you to reduce energy usage and avoid expensive heating or cooling bills. Some utility companies also offer rebates and other types of financial incentives for homeowners. Read more about that here.

In addition, if there are gaps between your windows and doors, or if they’re made with older materials, they might affect your insulation and cause your HVAC unit to work harder — meaning more energy usage and higher utility bills. Consider updating your windows and doors with more energy-efficient styles. You can also replace the weather stripping or cover the windows with film if you’re looking for a more affordable option.

To insulate your home further, add insulated skirting around the bottom. Insulated skirting adds an extra barrier around the lower portion of your house, preventing air loss and protecting the plumbing lines from freezing during the winter in colder climates.

In addition to reducing air loss, insulated skirting can also add extra style to your mobile home. You can find many types of skirting in different patterns and textures, such as stone or wood.

Today’s manufactured homes are made with energy-efficient dual-paned windows, are equipped with Energy Star appliances, and are well-insulated as they’re built to HUD code. But for those who have older mobile homes, taking a few of the steps outlined here will help you be more environmentally friendly and reduce your carbon footprint.

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