Mobile or manufactured homes compose around 6% of American households. Mobile homes can provide economical housing if they are retrofitted for energy efficiency. Insulation is the biggest flaw in older mobile homes. Duct leakage can also be quite a serious energy waster.
Air-conditioning costs can be high unless the manufactured home has adequate attic insulation. A reflective roof really helps metal-roofed mobile homes stay cool. Keeping mobile homes dry is the key to their long life and the health of residents. Several tips in this section discuss hazards from storms and floods.