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Manufactured Homes Lack Strong Energy Efficiency Standards That Could Increase Affordability

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Manufactured Homes Lack Strong Energy Efficiency Standards That Could Increase Affordability

Stronger universal energy efficiency standards could reduce energy costs for residents living in manufactured homes


May 9, 2022
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Manufactured homes make up 7% of all new homes constructed each year and are a prime source of affordable housing, but according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), they’re also subject to outdated federal energy efficiency standards. The Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed a revised standard that seeks to protect affordability for low-income residents, but it will also likely send energy bills higher. Instead, stronger universal energy regulations could preserve affordability by reducing high energy costs for 1 million residents.

  • Strong efficiency standards for manufactured homes would improve affordability by lowering total housing costs and alleviating high energy burdens for nearly 1,000,000 residents
  • Low-income residents of manufactured homes tend to be renters or to live in older homes, in which the net savings from energy efficiency measures are highest
  • The stronger standard proposed by DOE would yield $3,383 in net savings over the life of an average home, with savings increasing for residents of older homes

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