A Study Comparing The Electric Consumption Of Site-Built Homes And Mobile Homes In Montgomery And Walker County, Texas
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The housing sector accounts for roughly 21% of energy consumption in the United States. The homeownership rate in the United States is growing, and with that the demand for affordable manufactured houses is also increasing. The construction industry and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are becoming more aware of their impact on the environment. Every year, there is an expansion in the number of mobile homes, yet the question about how energy efficient these homes are compared to site-built homes, to a great extent, remains unanswered. According to a 2017 IBIS World Report, the demand for mobile homes is predicted to grow over the next five years. With the government constantly trying to upgrade the technology and codes used to make these homes energy efficient, it becomes important to discover which of the two types of housing tends to have lesser electricity consumption. This study compares the electric consumption of site-built and mobile homes in Montgomery and Walker County, Texas, to determine which one of them is more energy efficient. The results were drawn after comparing the electric consumption of two types of housing for the year 2016. The analysis concluded that there was no major difference in the electric consumption of mobile homes and site built homes that did not have a building code enforced. Keywords: residential sector (homes), energy efficiency, electric consumption, manufactured/mobile homes, site-built homes, HUD codes.
Subjectresidential sector (homes)
Shah, Charmy Manishbhai (2018). A Study Comparing The Electric Consumption Of Site-Built Homes And Mobile Homes In Montgomery And Walker County, Texas. Master's thesis, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from