If you feel shocked every time you see the utility bills of your home, you need to understand that it is time to make some changes to the home, especially when the home is a manufactured home. With a few simple steps, you can reduce the energy costs and start saving on the utility bills. What’s more, if you are planning to put up your manufactured home for sale, making these changes to the home will help increase the value of the home in the real estate market.
Check Air Flow
The first thing to do is to check all the vents of the house. Make sure that all the vents are open and that the nothing is blocking the free flow of air. This will ensure that all the rooms of the home are getting necessary amount of cold or hot air. Closing the vents of the home will make the furnace or the air conditioner to work harder. In addition, you will also need to check the furnace and the filters of the air conditioner.
Inspect Attic Insulation
Heat can escape or get into your manufactured house via the attic, so it is important to ensure that the attic is well insulated. You can use almost anything to insulate the attic, but for the best results, you need to use insulating foam. You can also check the insulation in the basement and the crawlspace, as heat can escape through leaks in the insulation of the basement and the crawlspace.
Use Kitchen Appliances Well
Make sure that you do not fill up the refrigerator to its maximum capacity, as it will consume more energy to cool the inside when it is completely filled. To avoid this, you can leave one-third portion of the fridge empty. Ensure to leave space between the items, as it will allow for easy circulation of cold air inside the fridge. In addition, you need to ensure that the drawers and shelves are not over stuffed with items.
You will also need to check the dryer vent, electrical box, and all the other openings that lead to the outside of the home. If you find that the insulation around these places are worn out, replace it with good insulation. You will understand later that sealing these little leaks will make a huge difference in the utility bills. You can use caulk or spray foam to seal these slam air leaks.