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Power usage
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Dan    Posted 11-05-2002 at 12:48:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do mobile homes use more power than regular homes, I know of a situation where an 1800 sq.ft. home has half the power bill of a 14x70 mobile for the same period, same # of occupants. Regular home also has 2 furnaces. What gives.

Les    Posted 11-05-2002 at 16:17:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
My quick answer is "yes". When we moved out of our junky old trailer and into our house 25 years ago the electric bill dang near went down by half.

Ludwig    Posted 11-05-2002 at 15:08:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Everybody else made some good points, especially about electric heat.
Has the mobile got more appliances? Dishwasher, electric dryer or the like? Electric hot water heater?
They make a little gizmo that will check how much power each 110v appliance eats up. You get one of those and put it on things like the coffee pot or VCR and see how much power they eat when you aren't even using them! That danged little clock sure eats up the power. I put my computer on a powerstrip for just that reason. When we aren't using it the powerstrip gets turned off. We've cut our powerusage consistantly every year since we moved it. Of course the power company keeps raising the price...

Another good thing is compact flourescent light bulbs. Same brightness, way less power. We've got 3 incandescent bulbs left in the apartment. 1 over the stove, 1 in the refridgerator, and 1 in the bathroom that just won't die.

tomatolord    Posted 11-05-2002 at 13:48:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
depends on construction methods - insulation - heat source

my neighbor has a geodesic dome - 2600 square feet 50$ heating bills in winter - my house across street $350 heating bills in winter -

Heat source if you chopped your own wood it would not cost you to much - had a friend that had a heat pump -1st winter month the electric bill was bigger than his mortage! he quickly put in a wood stove.

One of the issues is air flow around the house, his have very little wind restitance as compared to my box type house

So either provide wind breaks or make sure that you have a proper foundation under the trailer.

tomatolord    Posted 11-05-2002 at 13:48:18       [Reply]  [No Email]

Tom A    Posted 11-05-2002 at 13:22:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
My first question would be 'what kind of heat?' Electric radiant heat is the most inefficient there is. My electic bill doubled when we tried using the little baseboard heater in the badly-insulated laundry room last year--and the rest of the house is close to 2500 square feet. Quit using it and the bill went back to normal. I don't imagine that mobile homes are as insulated as 'regular' home.

ger    Posted 11-05-2002 at 13:18:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
hi dan , just something to check when i had my old mobile we got our house ready to move into i was disconnecting the power from the mobile , where the power cable goes up the outside wall an into the house an panel box it had rubbed its self raw i would huess from the frost heaving the trailer up an down , i don,t know but when we pulled it out it was bare on the trailer its a wonder in never caused major problems , but our power bill was about 4 or 5 times higher than what it is now , just something to check , cause youd never think of this happening the electrican said he,d never seen anything like it before either . later ger

LH    Posted 11-05-2002 at 13:09:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think a lot of it has to do with the energy properties built into any structure. We live in a modular home with the added insulation package and don't use much gas to heat compared with other hoes in our area.

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