Weekend Project Mobile Home Renovations that Could Save you Money

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If you're looking to remodel or upgrade your mobile home this summer, what better time than now. With so many renovation ideas out there, it can be overwhelming to pick which one is best for you. Whether you're seeking a large project or are looking to add a few simple environmental upgrades, just about anything you do will add improvement and value to your mobile home.

It's not a secret how much energy is saved with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Changing all your regular light bulbs for these low usage ones will definitely save you money right away. With the average home having approximately 40 light bulbs (including items such as lamps and porch lights), a home can become more economical by about $56 over the life of a single light bulb! Your investment cost, about $1.50 per fluorescent bulb.

If you have been wanting to change a few functions of your mobile home and make your living more green, swapping out your old thermostat for a programmable one should be first on the list of improvements. This is a simple item that will pay for itself many times over. As long as you take a few minutes to program it properly, a programmable thermostat can easily save a few hundred dollars each year on your heating bill. Your investment amount is about $80 for a new thermostat.

Installing a low-flow showerhead is also a green way to go as they are designed to reduce your water consumption by about 40% each time someone has a shower. On average, they will save a household approximately 8,000 gallon of water per year. Not only will it save you money, it also helps conserve the environment by reducing water consumption.

A few renovation projects that are equally as efficient (and important) but will require a little more skill and know-how are things like changing or adding insulation. About 45% of all heat loss is done so through the walls and ceiling of a home, and that includes the reversed ineffectiveness of summer cooling. If you're up for a day project, take a trip to your local hardware store to fill in the spaces in your attic. Don't forget to keep your receipts for the 30% federal tax credit at the end of the year.

Installing a low-flow toilet should be on the must-do list if you've not already done it. Toilets are one of the largest consumers of water a home has, averaging 5 gallons per flush while a low-flow uses only 1.6 gallons per flush. For about $360, it's well worth the money.

There are many small renovations that can be done to your mobile home to make it more efficient. Spending a little money now could save you a bundle in the long run.

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This article was published on 2010/09/21