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      ASSESSMENT OF USING HEAT PUMPS FOR HEATING IN MOBILE HOMES: A CASE STUDY FROM NORTH CAROLINA

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      Journal of Green Building

      College Publishing

      energy consumption, heat pumps, mobile homes, low-income families

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          This paper presents the results of “Upgrade and Save”, a program to upgrade the standard electric furnaces and air-conditioning units in Mobile Homes for energy-efficient heat pumps. This program is implemented in North Carolina, USA and pays about $700 through a rebate provided by the North Carolina State Energy Office to the Mobile Homes’ owners. The goal of this project is to subsidize low-income families by lowering their heating cost in the winter as well as improving their homes’ indoor thermal comfort. More than 300 mobile homes have participated in this program. Field measurements, meter readings of the actual electrical consumption, and annual building energy simulation were used to measure the dollar saving and the indoor thermal comfort improvement in the mobile homes after the heating system upgrade. This research proved that the dollar saving of using the heat pump for heating in mobile homes ranges from $51 to $128 annually.

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                Journal
                jgrb
                Journal of Green Building
                College Publishing
                1552-6100
                1943-4618
                1943-4618
                Summer 2009
                : 4
                : 3
                : 135-142
                Author notes

                1School of Architecture, Southern Polytechnic State University. Marietta GA. E-mail: ahussein@ 123456spsu.edu , Tel. 011-252-4124035, Fax: 011-678-9154966

                Article
                jgb.4.3.135
                10.3992/jgb.4.3.135
                ©2009 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

                Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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