In the current economic situation saving every bit of money can be a high priority for many energy users. By having wind power for homes, cutting back energy costs is simple due to your personalized energy source. This technology has recently gained support due to the ‘green’ movement that has came upon us. Compared to other resources such as coal, wind is free and causes no harm to our environment. Coal companies have continued to lobby against alternative energy sources such as wind power due to the large amount of profit they are making off each energy user. It’s honestly a smart business move for coal companies but for those who have the burden of paying high energy costs, there are several alternative solutions such as build your own wind turbine. Many are surprised by just how simple a wind power setup is to create.Switching to wind power for your home takes a very small investment compared to the amount of benefits economically and environmentally made. By eliminating your coal dependency the environment is benefiting from less carbon dioxide emitted into it’s atmosphere. With electricity on the rise imagine how much money you can save by build your own windmill. The average electricity bill for a small family can run anywhere from $200-600 dollars per month depending on the season. The benefits are obvious for investing a small amount of money into creating your own wind power system or purchasing a Ready Made System on the market. Ready Made Systems are much higher in price which is why the large majority choose to build their own. The average system can be built for a relatively cheap price and is usually paid back within the first year by removing your electricity bill. When deciding on a location to place your system, it’s recommended to find a spot generally open and that receives the greatest amount of wind.Now that you have seen the amazing benefits to owning a wind power system, why not jump off the coal bandwagon and create your own energy? Not only will you be saving a large amount of money but it’s a great step towards protecting our environment from man-made industries such as coal.
To some, the term prefabricated (or pre fab) means questionable quality. This isn’t necessarily so. The truth is that in some instances, prefabrication can even mean increased quality.
There really is nothing sinister or inferior about prefabrication. Here’s how a Webster’s Online dictionary defines it: “Prefabricate: 1. to fabricate (make) the parts of something at a factory so that construction consists mainly of assembling and uniting standardized parts.” Simple enough, right? But, there’s more to it.
In the World of HomeBuilding
Naturally, many products can be prefabricated. But, in the world of home building, prefabrication refers to building small or large parts of the home in a controlled factory environment to exacting standards on large assembly line-type “jigs” for the framing, and other systems for the rest of the construction.
Prefab homes are mostly thought of as modular homes but can refer to any home that is largely or partly built in a factory and delivered to the building site in sections, panels, modules, etc.
Is a Manufactured Home a Pre Fab Home?
If you go by the dictionary’s definition you might assume that mobile (manufactured) homes are also prefab homes. They are not. We must go by common usage of the term to avoid misunderstanding. Manufactured homes are mobile homes with a fancier name. Prefab homes refer to quality “stick built” homes that follow the same exact codes and inspection procedures as if they were built completely on site, stick by stick.
This is not to denigrate manufactured homes but simply to understand the important differences and to explain the terminology. Manufactured is the same as mobile, not prefabricated.
Choose a Prefab Home to Reduce Costs and Building Time as an Owner Builder
Many home-owner builders choose prefabricated homes (kit homes, packaged homes, log homes, cedar home packages, panelization packages, etc.) for savings and convenience. Two goals that may or may not be realized.
Owner-builders usually want to have a direct hand in the management and sometimes the labor when building a home. Prefabrication can offer an advantage. There is usually a significant reduction in the on site labor and amount of decisions that need to be made. People using a General Contractor to build for them typically should not buy a prefab or kit home.
If using a prefab home is the only way you would consider being an owner builder, then yes, the opportunity to save money is definitely there. Learn all you can about your prefab home choices and cost, then strongly consider getting a General Contractor to quote you a price for the exact same home if he or she built it for you instead. This will give you a great comparison.
What to do Next
If you’re serious about building, take these steps now:
1. Google the terms (like prefab homes, kit homes etc.) first
2. Contact the most interesting companies you find and ask questions about service, delivery charges, house plans, customer service etc.
3. Get and check references once you get more serious with a company
4. Hire a home building coach once you decide to build
5. Have a builder quote his cost to build the same home for you for comparison
Finally, never stop informing yourself. The more you know the better questions you’ll ask and the more you’ll demand and recognize accurate answers.