Energy-Efficient Features in Clayton Homes

Women uses an ecobee® smart thermostat on the wall of a Clayton manufactured home

We know energy efficiency is becoming more and more important to home buyers who want to lower their utility bills, and their environmental impact. So, let’s take a look at some of the energy-efficient features you can find in Clayton homes, including smart thermostats, heat pumps, Low-E windows and more.

At Clayton, we’re proud to offer our customers stylish, affordable homes built with quality materials from top brands. That’s why, in addition to energy-efficient features, our manufactured homes include what’s called a tight “thermal envelope,” with insulated exterior doors, a whole-house exhaust system and sealed ductwork. These details help keep the outside air outside where it belongs and make your home more comfortable. It’s all about saving you both money and energy, for a win-win from the day you move into your new Clayton home.

Now, let’s dig into how we make it happen.

Close-up of a SmartComfort by Carrier heat pump outside of a manufactured Clayton home

Heating and Cooling Systems

First up, let’s talk temperature. Every new Clayton home has an ecobee Smart Thermostat®, which can be controlled using your smartphone. That means, for example, you can set it to start warming your home up a few hours before you get home from work. It can also be programmed to adjust automatically throughout the day based on changing temperatures outside to help you use less energy heating or cooling your home.

New Clayton homes with electric heating also have a SmartComfort® by Carrier high efficiency heat pump. A heat pump is a great choice when it comes to improving your home’s energy efficiency, because it can both cool and heat your home and uses less electricity than a traditional air conditioner. It also distributes air more evenly and acts as a dehumidifier.

Windows in a manufactured home, with cream curtains and a plant in front, and trees and grass outside

Windows and Lighting

Your windows are also an important part of making your home more efficient. Clayton uses Lux® low-E windows with argon gas, which can reduce energy loss by 30-50%. Low-E stands for "low emissivity," which means these windows have a special coating that helps keep UV rays and infrared light from entering your home and affecting its temperature. The argon gas also makes the windows more insulated, so you can enjoy all the benefits of natural lighting in your home while also using less energy.

Plus, Clayton homes have LED lights, which are more efficient than typical incandescent bulbs. They’re also made of more durable materials, give off less heat and offer more design options, making them ideal to use in many different places in your home.

Close-up of a black and stainless steel dishwasher in the kitchen island of a Clayton manufactured home


Finally, the appliances that you use every day can have a big impact on your energy consumption, too. We use Rheem® hybrid water heaters, which can combine gas or electricity with a heat pump. This allows them to heat water more efficiently, so you can save money while still enjoying a relaxing shower.

Many of our home models also have ENERGY STAR® certified dishwashers and refrigerators. The ENEGY STAR certification means the appliance meets strict requirements that are set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Overall, ENERGY STAR® certified homes are quieter and more comfortable, have lower utility bills and help protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Ensuring your home is more efficient comes down to all of the little details that can add up to energy and cost savings. And it means a more comfortable home, too! Interested in learning more about everything that goes into making a Clayton home? From our brand partners to our sustainability efforts, you can check out the Home Building section of our Studio blog below to get started.

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