As the seasons are changing and the weather’s cooling down, you want to make sure that your home is warm and cozy. While the colder seasons often involve warm blankets, hot chocolate, and sitting by the fire, in many cases, they also involve higher heating bills. The good news is that with modular building, you can significantly reduce your heating bill if not eliminate it altogether!
It’s already well known that modular building is more energy-efficient than non-modular building. There are several energy-efficient features that can be easily built into modular homes, keeping your house nice and warm without your having to spend an arm and a leg on heating. Four of these features are discussed below.
- Solar: Solar panels can be added to the roof of a modular home or can freestanding in your yard. Solar panels can generate electricity to heat your home or can heat water or radiators throughout the house. Solar panels can be effective at keeping your modular home warm even if you live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of sunshine.
- Insulation: Not only will good insulation keep your house warm in the winter, it will also keep it cool in the summer. Most modular manufacturers’ floor plans incorporate the highest standards of insulation on the walls and ceilings and have the best standards of windows and doors.
- Geothermal Energy: Geothermal energy is energy generated from the earth’s core. A geothermal pump works by pushing cool air below the ground where it is heated and returned to your home, keeping your house warm no matter the weather. This is a particularly good option for homes in areas that don’t get a lot of sunshine or winds. Incorporating a geothermal pump into your modular home can actually eliminate your heating bill altogether. This option is best for those who live west of the Rockies, since you don’t have to go down as deep as in other parts of the continent to get heat.
- Wind Turbines: Wind turbines are a good option for people living near mountains or coasts. And a wind turbine doesn’t have to take up a lot of room or look out of place. They fit in particularly well with modern modular homes. They typically work better when mounted on a pole rather than on the roof. It is relatively simple to hook up a wind turbine to the power supply to run your heating, heat your water, or power your appliances.
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Elitzer, J. (2015). 4 Ways to Build a Modular Home with No Heating Bill. The Definitive Guide to Building Modular: Modular Homeowners.