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Mobile home energy renovation - Vancouver, Maple Ridge, BC

Mobile homes are an efficient choice of living space, because as smaller structures, they typically require less energy to heat or cool.

But as Vancouver-area homeowners Charlotte and Mike H. have discovered with their 1978 mobile home, there are still ways to make a mobile home even more efficient — and to get government grants for doing it.

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Old windows (front)
Vancouver, Maple Ridge BC – 1978

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New thermal windows

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Air source heat pump

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Mobile home heating

Energy audit

The couple had lived in their Maple Ridge home for a year, and knew its energy use needed improvement, says Charlotte H. At the time, their son had just had an energy audit on his own home, and he told them about all the grants they could get for making energy-saving renovations.

They decided to have a Vancouver Home Energy Advisor conduct an energy audit on their home, too. The Advisor’s report not only confirmed which energy-saving renovations they absolutely needed to do, says Charlotte, but it also offered some new ideas for saving energy in their home.

Air sealing

The home energy audit revealed the Vancouver couple’s home leaked a lot more air than they had realized. Instead of heating their living space, much of the warm air generated by their old natural gas furnace escaped to the outdoors through cracks and gaps between the mobile home’s walls and old windows.

To fix this problem, the couple did air sealing, which meant caulking and weather stripping windows, and using special insulating foam to seal off gaps in the home’s structure.

Thermal windows

The home also lost energy through the windows themselves. Because glass isn’t a good insulator, heat can travel directly through window panes.

Without putting in the new windows, the heat pump would not have worked as well.
Charlotte H., Vancouver BC

By replacing the home’s old windows with new thermal windows that were Energy Star-rated for the Vancouver climate zone, the couple could make their home much more energy efficient. The new windows looked great, saved energy by preventing heat from escaping, and increased the value of their home.

Air source heat pump

The renovation that has made the Vancouver-area couple happiest, however, is the air source heat pump, which warms their home for a fraction of the cost of the old furnace’s gas bills.

We knew we were going to do the windows, but [the grants] certainly made us able to put in the heat pump.
Charlotte H., Vancouver BC

Charlotte H. says they chose the air source heat pump because they knew it would make the home more energy efficient. By renovating the windows and the heat pump at the same time, they were able to make sure the home was at its peak efficiency.

Grants help efficiency

“Without putting in the new windows, the heat pump would not have worked as well,” says Charlotte. That’s because the windows help the indoor air stay at a constant temperature, which means the warmth from the heat pump stays indoors.

It does long-term good for the pocketbook and the ecology.
Charlotte H., Vancouver BC

And, she adds, the grants and rebates helped the whole project come together. “We knew we were going to do the windows, but [the grants] certainly made us able to put in the heat pump.”

Overall, Charlotte says, government grants and rebates make it easier for homeowners to make energy-saving renovations. “If you can financially afford it, do it. It does long-term good for the pocketbook and the ecology.”

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