Manufactured Homes: Going Green with Energy Star and Silvercrest Homes
In the current economic climate, it’s safe to say that everybody would like to save as much money as possible. However, energy costs for the modern homeowner can be quite high. The good news is that manufactured homes offer energy efficient options and enhancements that can help lower the initial and long-term costs of homeownership.
The truth of the matter is, when you combine the efficiency of modern manufactured home construction with proper air distribution, heating, and cooling, your gas and power bill will drastically decrease.
One of the first steps you can take toward a “green home” is through ENERGY STAR.
What Is ENERGY STAR?
Jointly administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program designed to identify energy efficient products to consumers.
By design, ENERGY STAR manufactured homes are 30% more energy efficient than comparable homes built to the Model Energy Code.
Why Choose ENERGY STAR For Manufactured Homes?
ENERGY STAR saves you money. When you consider your home’s total operating cost (mortgage plus utilities), ENERGY STAR homes save money every month by lowering your utility bills.
ENERGY STAR financing partners offer incentives such as cash back at closing, interest discounts, or certain fees. Some utility companies promote special programs designed to encourage reduced energy consumption through energy efficiency.
Furthermore, when the time comes to sell your manufactured home, studies have shown that energy-efficient homes earn an above-average resale price. Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and ceilings provides even temperatures throughout the home, resulting in reduced energy use and enhanced comfort and value.
ENERGY STAR also helps preserve the environment. Manufactured homes can be up to 95% complete upon delivery to their destination. Minimal onsite construction generates a fraction of the waste associated with site-built construction.
Most manufactured home builders offer ENERGY STAR features and materials to promote energy efficiency. However, while many of these homes might be considered “green”, not all “green homes” are created equal.
One prominent manufacturer that has pioneered the “green” movement for manufactured housing is Silvercrest Homes, located on the West Coast of the United States. Silvercrest has produced high quality, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly manufactured homes for several decades.
Silvercrest Homes is an ENERGY STAR partner — making the choice easy by offering ENERGY STAR performance levels for every home they build.