Did you know that when it comes to “green living”, if you reside in a manufactured or mobile home, you’ve already made a huge step in that direction? It’s true. If you live in a newer home, you likely have energy-efficient windows, appliances, insulation, and more. However, if you live in one of the older homes of this type, you may be interested in pursuing some green manufactured home remodeling.
Updating a manufactured home is not a difficult endeavor and, with more and more people concentrating on earth friendliness, it’s a great idea.
To be of assistance, here are some remodeling tips for your manufactured home so you can live a greener, earth friendlier life.
Remodeling Your Manufactured Home – The Best Green Tips
Even though you’re already going green by living in a manufactured home, there are some things you can do to make it a little greener. This is particularly the case if you live in one of the older manufactured homes. Here are some possibilities to consider:
- Check with salvage resellers and buy second hand whenever possible.
- Recycle your old carpets.
- If possible, incorporate ceiling fans.
- Make sure that at least 90% recycled materials are used for any new drywall.
- Make sure that recycled nylon is in any new carpeting.
- Up to 100% recycled materials are used to make much of today’s tile flooring and recycled glass. Take advantage of it.
- Need insulation? It’s time to dig up all of your old denim. It’s true, blue jeans can serve as great insulation.
- Save on utility bills and possibly even taxes by using Energy Star appliances.
- In concrete, use coal fly ash.
- Nonvolatile paint should be used wherever possible.
Remember to Recycle Old Materials
You may have to do a little research online to find places to recycle every possible item, but it’s worth the effort. The following may be recyclable in your area:
- Gypsum drywall as long as it is contaminant free (No asbestos, no lead paint, etc.). Check with building supply companies.
Why Are Manufactured Homes Considered Green?
- Even if the company that made your manufactured home didn’t mean to be, the fact that they are constructing these homes in factories makes them green.
- There is a reduction in waste when you mass-produce homes.
- Because, in large quantities, supplies are purchased and transported, greenhouse gases are lower.
- The tools and equipment used are in a facility that is enclosed and receives regular maintenance. That means their usefulness is extended.
- In many factories responsible for the construction of manufactured homes, the material handling equipment is powered by compressed natural gas or propane. This means, compared to diesel or gas, there is a reduction of emissions.
Lastly, to save every inch, the assembly and cutting of materials is optimized.
Don’t Feel Like Remodeling? It Might Be Time To Build a New Manufactured Home!
If remodeling sounds like a lot of work, well, it certainly can be! Maybe you don’t want to deal with all of that remodeling. Maybe you’d rather put your time, effort, and money into an energy-efficient, shiny, fresh, brand new manufactured home.
Sounds like a little bit of heaven, doesn’t it? If you are interested in building or purchasing your own, brand-new, manufactured home, talk to us at Michigan Home Zone. We’re the perfect partner. We can and will assist you throughout the entire process.
Please, contact us to build your new, energy-efficient manufactured home today.