Setting up solar energy in mobile homes will cut down expensive electricity bills. Census of 1980 of Housing reveals that 4.1 million mobile homes are in use in the United States. Since then the popularity of mobile homes have increased. Solar Energy For Mobile homes are affordable.
The construction of a mobile home is simple and easily compatible with any location. It gives warm air and returns through opening of the window. It does not make use of a chimney, storage tank or pump. It then provides a shelter that is protected for storage.
Before you start digging the ground with spade you have to consider a few points. Your house should have south facing direction or south facing window, that is available to make use of collector’s air.Don’t use window for ventilation as the lower sash opening will be blocked forever. You will have to run an inside duct to a particular area if the opening isn’t present In the room that you wish to heat.
Please note that there should be no obstructions in between, like trees in the way of the window. Especially obstructions like coniferous trees as this can cause solar blockage.
Tuning for Solar energy.
Decide which collector angle is appropriate for your situation.Collector panel is essential as it serves as lean to storage covering. They will have to be closer and fixed to a maximum angle in such a way that it should provide headroom.
Ducts in a single row.
This section consists of concrete blocks of 8 inch size and it is attached with Sure wall surface cement. This cement makes bonding process simple. This cement will be available near the contractor. The position of your collector platform and framework will determine the number of courses that are required.
For keeping good maintenance and for keeping it affordable it is essential to build collector panels using aluminium frame sections that are commercially made.
You can make the listed energy efficient improvements to decrease loss of heat:
1. You can install energy-efficient doors and windows
2. You can add insulation as well
3. Making general repairs is beneficial. Repairs like for ducts, caulking,etc..
4. You must secure your walls by adding insulation to the walls.
5. A belly wrap can be installed
6. Make use of a roof cap by installing roof cap or add insulation to the roof.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducted experiments on pre-1976 manufactured homes and found out that during 1988 to 1991 retrofit measures resulted in 31% reduction in usage of heating fuel.
To improve your manufactured home’s energy efficiency keep in mind the following points:
1. Windows and doors must be weatherstripped, especially if they can’t be replaced by energy efficient-ones.
2. Sealing of openings around ducts is very essential. Therefore concentrate on Air Sealing.
3. Make use of Energy efficient Electrical products like Appliances and Lighting.
Renewable energy can be used to provide heating, electricity as well as cooling for your manufactured house. Advantage of renewable energy systems is that they not only lower cost of energy but they play important role in reducing pollution that rise due to fossil fuels.