Manufactured homes provide an affordable housing option for many people. But older manufactured homes are often poorly insulated, so residents may spend a large portion of their income on energy bills.
Making their homes more energy efficient can help reduce that financial burden.
“And I think it’s such a win-win because you can improve lives … and fight climate change at the same time,” says Joel Haskard of Clean Energy Resource Teams, a project of the University of Minnesota Extension.
A few years ago, Haskard’s group started energy-efficiency outreach to manufactured home parks.
“We kind of felt like they were a left-out segment of the population, that they didn’t see themselves as part of a climate solution,” he says.
To engage them, Haskard’s team hires a resident in each park to help organize an event.
At the events, people can enjoy food, get information and supplies – like LED bulbs – and sign up for weatherization services.
“The secret sauce is developing a trusting and working relationship where they are a leader in their own energy journey,” Haskard says.
So far, over 1,300 households have participated and made changes that can lower their bills and help the climate.
Reporting credit: Stephanie Manuzak/ChavoBart Digital Media