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Energy Efficient Design in Clayton Designer Series Tiny Homes

Because tiny homes are considerably smaller than a standard sized home, you can expect to see energy savings with a tiny home!  

tiny-homes_03.jpgThe Low Country model


According to the 2015 U.S. Department of Commerce 2015 Characteristics of New Housing report, the average new home size in the U.S. was 2,687 square feet. With less square footage than the average new home, the amount of energy exerted by systems in a tiny home is much less than in the average sized home.


As home building technology and home design improve, advancements in energy efficient features and design are being incorporated into the construction of homes of all sizes, including tiny homes. Not only are tiny homes space efficient--they are energy efficient too.



The Low Country model 


Energy Efficiency in Designer Series Tiny Homes


Clayton’s tiny homes can save you money on utility bills not just because they have less space to heat and cool, but also because of their modern, small space efficient house design.


Efficient Space Design

For instance, the Low Country model was designed with a vaulted ceiling that allows for heat to rise, which keeps it cool in the summer. In addition, dormer windows contribute to more cross ventilation. This lofty design allows for natural temperature control in the home so you don’t have to cool and heat the tiny home as much.


Energy Efficient Features

The Low Country and the Saltbox models are also outfitted with energy efficient features like PlyGem® windows and doors as well as stainless steel Summit Appliances® that have earned the ENERGY STAR®, including a combo washer/dryer, range, dishwasher and 30” refrigerator.


These tiny homes are outfitted with quality insulation and an efficient, ductless, mini-split heat pump heating and cooling system. The energy efficient PlyGem® aluminum clad wood windows are even filled with argon gas which helps prevent cool air from entering the home during colder months.


Efficient Building Process

Clayton Designer Series tiny homes are also built in climate controlled building facilities and are tightly constructed to help reduce air flowing in and out of your home, which could otherwise lead to wasted energy when warm air escapes in the winter or creeps in during the summer.


saltbox_photo_1.jpgThe Saltbox model


Other green perks of tiny homes include:

  • The reduced amount of materials and resources needed to build
  • The reduced amount of lighting used in the home, which means less kWh used per year
  • The reduced amount of area to heat and cool


On top of having a small efficient floor plan that creates less space to heat and cool, these energy efficient tiny homes are built with quality windows and insulation that add to using less energy. The small, airy, efficient floor plan of a Designer Series tiny home maximizes natural temperature control while creating a beautiful open space for you to enjoy that can help you save money as you enjoy your modern, luxurious tiny home. 

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Summit Appliance is the registered trade mark of Felix Storch, Inc.

PlyGem is the registered trade mark of Ply Gem Industries, Inc.

ENERGY STAR and the ENERGY STAR mark are registered trademarks owned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Topics Tiny Homes