Every new Clayton home comes with an ecobee smart thermostat to make saving energy easier. William Jenkins, Clayton’s director of environment and sustainability, talks about how this partnership helps homeowners by reducing their costs and emissions.
At Clayton, we’re always looking for new ways to make our homeowners’ lives easier, while also helping save them money. For this reason, Clayton partners with ecobee to provide smart thermostat technology in all new Clayton homes. Not only does this help our homeowners save money, but it’s also a way to help reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency. Below, William Jenkins, Clayton’s director of environment and sustainability, shares how our partnership with ecobee helps our homeowners as well as our planet.
"We are two companies with a similar goal in mind," says Jenkins. "There is that forward-thinking approach when it comes to reducing energy consumption, and ecobee is another company that has a very climate-focused narrative."
Clayton partners with trusted brands people know and love when it comes to the energy efficient features in our homes, and that includes ecobee.
"What we are doing by working with ecobee is streamlining our homeowners' abilities to reduce energy consumption while managing the comfort of their homes."
A big percentage of greenhouse emissions across the U.S. comes from heating, cooling and powering buildings, mainly homes.
But since 2007, ecobee has helped save the energy equivalent of:
"By using an ecobee smart thermostat, our homeowners are able to dial in how they use electricity," says Jenkins. "Heating and cooling a home are arguably the biggest drivers of energy consumption in any home, not just a Clayton home. If you use ecobee effectively, it’s a tool that helps homeowners reduce that amount of electricity significantly, which in turn relates to cost savings."
In our high-tech world, almost everything can be controlled with your smartphone, and your home’s thermostat is no exception. Controlling your thermostat, whether you’re home or not, with your phone is just one of the perks with ecobee. Unlike a traditional thermostat that stays at the temperature you set it to, a programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature based on your schedule. If you’re away from home, you can set your ecobee to an energy saving mode from your smartphone. Plus, ecobee uses smart sensors to detect if anyone is home or not and will adjust the temperature to help you save energy.
"They (ecobee) are redefining the algorithm for smart thermostats, which means they can operate better than they did several years ago," says Jenkins.
Another big difference a smart thermostat has compared to a traditional one is its ability to adjust to outdoor temperatures using Wi-Fi. This can help you save money, especially in climates that often have significant weather changes throughout the day. A smart thermostat can also act as a dehumidifier, and can send you alerts, reminders and data reports that allow you to assess your energy savings and costs. Not to mention, ecobee thermostats have a clean and sleek modern look that will fit seamlessly into your Clayton home.
A Clayton home is a home that’s built for you, with your needs and life in mind. This is why our team of experts is always innovating and partnering with brands like ecobee that make homes better for people and the planet. Are you interested in other ways we’re building more efficient homes? Learn more about Clayton’s first net-zero electricity home.