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Energy Efficiency in Manufactured Homes

Mobile and manufactured homes are more energy efficient than ever before!

Clayton Homes and other mobile and manufactured home builders are now adding energy efficient options. That means you get to save money long term!

energy efficient manufactured home


We're calling it the Energy Smart Home Package at Clayton, which includes upgrades for heating and cooling systems, windows, and insulation.


So how do you make a more energy efficient mobile or manufactured home? Let's break it down some more. 

Heating and Cooling Systems

mobile home water heater

According to, the majority of your energy usage goes to heating and cooling your home. By adding programmable thermostats, you can regulate the temperature of your home more efficiently, thus using less energy.

Heating water in your home is the second major energy user. The new energy efficient hot water heater has thicker side walls with a higher insulation value. Heat energy is conserved, so it requires less energy to heat the water and keep it hot.


Better Windows

Manufactured Home Window and Siding

Clayton now offers Low Emissive (or Low-E) windows, which have a lower e-value than standard windows. When your e-value is lower, your window is more energy efficient.

Low Emissive mobile home windows reduce the amount of ultraviolet light that penetrates your window by 58%. This allows for less heat entering and leaving your home through your window and reduces the light's ability to wash out colors in your home. 

Home Insulation

Manufactured Home Roof Insulation


R-Value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-Value in your mobile home insulation, the better the thermal performance of the insulation.

Here are the insulation specifications for Clayton mobile homes:

  • R33 in ceiling
  • R22 in the floor
  • R11 in the walls
Some models may not have the capacity for R33 in the ceiling, and they will have R30 instead. 

A typical mobile home has R21 in the ceiling, R11 in the wall, and R11 in the ceiling floor. This is a 2-1-1 ratio. But with the Energy Smart option, your insulation ratio is 3-1-2. 

Less Energy = More Savings 

Can you add some of these upgrades to your home? Definitely! That is exactly why we offer the Energy Smart Home Package!

Even just adding a programmable thermostat will help save you on the number one energy waster. This is an affordable change that you can make yourself!

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