Mobile Home Energy Efficiency

downloadOwning a mobile home can be a challenge when it comes to sealing and weatherizing. With the lack of a foundation many times there are areas that get overlooked when it comes to insulation and weatherization.

Mobile homes can be cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer. This is often a sign of poor insulation and a lack of insulation in some areas or air leaks and poor quality sealing of vents or windows. Newell and Crathern offers an energy audit that will show all the weak and poorly insulated areas. It will show heat loss and holes in your insulation, windows, doors, heating ducts and vents by using a blower door. This is a very straight forward process that pinpoints areas of concern.

In a mobile home, may times the attic area is sealed without access and lacks in insulation. The insulated underside of the home is very susceptible to damage from rodents and objects being stored under the home that may tear the underside insulation while being slid in. Because it is not on a foundation, there is more movement which loosens joints and caulking. The blower door that Newell and Crathern uses during their energy audit will identify all these problems and weak insulated areas. The lack or absence of insulation in your home will be corrected, sealing and caulking will be added and you will immediately recognize an improvement in your home’s comfort level from a heat or cool standpoint. Newell and Crathern can show you how to save money on energy by increasing your home’s efficiency. Call them today to learn more (603) 228-2102.

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Extended Heating Months

Are you experiencing overly high and unexpected heating amounts for the months of April and May?  This is sometimes a common occurrence, especially when the nights dip into the 20’s.  The same thing can happen later in the year when you tend to delay turning on the heat but are forced to when the nights become bitter.

One thing you can do to optimize the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems is to schedule an energy audit.  An energy audit will determine weak or non existent insulated area of your home, cracks or gaps and holes that cause dramatic heat loss.  This energy audit will give you the opportunity to remove these areas or correct them which will increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems ultimately saving you money and making your home more comfortable.

An excellent resource for an energy audit is Newell and Crathern located in Loudon, NH.  Give them a call at (603) 228-2102 or send them an email at  You can also visit their website at or

Sober Sisters Recovery home gets help

At the Malley Farm in Somersworth a crew from Newell and Crathern is installing blown in cellulose insulation.

The Sober Sisters Recovery facility is getting assistance from Strafford Community Action Program (CAP) in the form a $27,000 weatherization project.

Marybeth Schofield and Mone’ Cassier are leasing the Malley Farm from the City of Somersworth to operate a sober living facility committed to women seeking recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
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An excellent resource for an energy audit is Newell and Crathern located in Loudon, NH.  Give them a call at (603) 228-2102 or send them an email at  You can also visit their website at or

Do You Know What an Energy Audit is?

Spring is the shoulder season between Winter and Summer and is the best time to evaluate your home. Weatherization can help save money on your fuel bills, and also keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  Weatherization also helps decrease electric bills.

Weatherization starts with an energy audit that helps you recognize summer savings and be better prepared for next winter.

The energy audit is about a 2-3 hour process that starts by setting up our blower door system this is the red door with a fan at the bottom as seen below.

The blower door sets the house in a negative pressure environment that shows us where the air penetrates the home and quantifies it. It is set at a negative 50 degree pascal pressure which simulates about a 10-20 mile per hour window that is normally pushing its way into the building from the outside.

With this configuration in place, we move through the house from top to bottom with the thermal camera in hand. The thermal camera shows us where there are deficiencies in the existing insulation or areas where there is no insulation at all.  This is especially important to use on the walls of the home.


The combination of the thermal camera and the blower door running allows us to see the air infiltration on thermal camera and evaluate the losses. Every house has what’s called a building tightness limit number that is individual to every home and is based on the conditioned square footage of the home and has to do with an ASRAE standard that says once every 3 hours you want the full amount of air in your to be replaced by fresh air from the outside.

If the house is too tight we make recommendations for mechanical  ventilation if it is too loose we make recommendations for air sealing. We go through the entire home and make a complete list of everything that needs to be corrected and would give a quote based on these recommendations.

A huge advantage that is offered to help save money is if the homeowner works with the utilities through the HPWES program then the utility would pay for half of the work to be done.

An excellent resource for an energy audit is Newell and Crathern located in Loudon, NH.  Give them a call at (603) 228-2102 or send them an email at  You can also visit their website at or