How to Offset Your Energy Costs This Summer
It's summertime, and for many of us that means our air conditioning is our favorite home asset right now. It's difficult to resist turning it down low when the heat and humidity feel unbearable, and you just want to sit in your home and relax. However, cranking the AC down every day can increase your energy bill significantly--sometimes a lot more than you may think!
Making your mobile home more energy efficient will lower your cooling bills, and it's better for the environment! Here are some valuable tips you can implement in your mobile home to make it more energy efficient this summer.
- Caulk all of the holes in your home. Search around your home for any cracks, crevices and other places air can enter. Using caulk to fill them will prevent hot air from seeping in.
- Install energy efficient windows and doors. Thin, old-fashioned windows can cost the average homeowner hundreds of dollars a year in temperature control waste. If you own older windows, it might be time for an upgrade! For efficiency and weather-proofing, triple-pane glass windows are the best. If this isn't in your budget right now, look into weather stripping your windows and doors to limit air leaks.
- Improve insulation in the walls, roof and belly of your home. If your home was built before June 1976, there is a high chance that it has insufficient insulation.⚹ Look into the different types of insulation available and compare your options before deciding how to upgrade. If you have any questions about the installation process or if you're unable to install it yourself, ask a professional for further assistance.
- Install insulated skirting. This helps stabilize your home's temperature and protects it from rodent infestations, both of which can lower insurance costs. There are many different types of materials and designs you can choose from, and if you're not familiar with how to install this yourself, it's best to call a professional for help.
- Use energy efficient lighting and appliances. Call your energy company and see what your options are. Sometimes they will set up an appointment with you at your home and let you know what you can do to lower your monthly bill. Doing this may save you more than you think.
- Unplug electronics if they're not in use. If an appliance is turned off but still plugged in, it can keep drawing power.
- Use blackout curtains. This is a very cost-effective way to lower your energy bills! Blackout curtains can block up to 99% of light, and they can reduce noise as well. These curtains will keep all of the light and heat out, so you don't have to lower your AC so much during the day.
Even if you only try out a few of these methods, you'll surely bring down your energy costs enough to save a little extra cash in this summer.
⚹In June 1976, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code took effect, enforcing rules for mobile homes to make them safer and more efficient. Homes built before June 1976 will require more work than others.