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Buyer saves energy and gets a better manufactured home

Nolin RECC Energy Services Coordinator Todd Drake, right, worked closely with Joey Reed to ensure the family’s new ENERGY STAR manufactured home met all energy-efficiency requirements.

When Joey and Jenna Reed began looking for a new mobile home, they talked to their dealer and Nolin RECC and were able to qualify for an ENERGY STAR  upgrade that is providing additional comforts and significant monthly savings on their electric bills.

“My wife loves it,” Joey says. “She likes the look. She likes not having cold floors during the winters, and it’s affordable to live here with our electric bills being as low as $69 one month this year. This house is quite a bit better. We love it.”

The Hardin County couple says they are enjoying many features of the ENERGY STAR Manufactured Home, which has a high-efficiency heat pump, additional insulation in the floor and attic and thicker walls. The home’s double-pane windows feature energy-efficient glass— called low-e—that reduces heat from escaping outside. This past winter their highest electric bill was about $200.

“The Reeds are paying hundreds of dollars less than what they would have paid in a standard manufactured home during the winter months,” says Todd Drake, the Nolin RECC Energy Services Coordinator who worked closely with the family. “The enhanced features of an ENERGY STAR Manufactured Home will provide more comfort with lower electric bills.”

The Reeds purchased their manufactured home residence through Trading Post Homes located in Shepherdsville and worked closely with Drake throughout the process. The program is available through a wide range of participating mobile home dealers, from large companies such as Clayton Homes to smaller dealers. Since the ENERGY STAR-certified home uses substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating than a standard manufactured home, many participants are enjoying average savings of about $1,200 each year.

Drake strongly encourages members who are buying new manufactured housing to inquire with the dealer whether they qualify for the ENERGY STAR Manufactured Home Program upgrade. “In most cases, it’s free to you at participating dealers, and the members who have taken advantage of this program love it, because they save month after month, year after year, in lower electric bills,” says Drake.

 

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