Energy efficiency is highly important to today’s homebuyer. More than ever, builders are integrating current energy saving features into manufactured homes for more efficiency and homebuyer satisfaction. To this end, Clayton Homes, www.claytonhomes.com, Maryville, Tenn., is releasing its latest energy saving features and materials, along with information regarding ENERGY STAR qualification.

Along with many other homebuilders today, Clayton Homes is promoting innovation such as smart programmable thermostats, which can help homeowners manage their energy use throughout the day. As part of a recent customer survey, only 2% of U.S. online adults have energy-management systems (which usually feature some kind of intelligent thermostat), according to Forrester Research, www.forrester.com, Cambridge, Mass. However, when asked whether they would consider investing in such systems, more than a third of respondents said they were interested. Translated to the rest of the country, this indicates the smart energy potential of tens of millions of homeowners.

Clayton also notes energy-efficient devices such as heat pumps with efficiency beyond that of traditional central air conditioning units operate by transferring heat into or out of the home and can be used to heat and cool in most climates.

With these types of climate-controlled home building functions, homebuyers have the flexibility to quickly customize their home’s design and select energy-efficient features. Efficiencies have developed as part of this green building and steps are taken during the building process to ensure all holes, cracks, and seams are thoroughly sealed to eliminate drafts, moisture, dust, pests, and pollen.

A recent study survey conducted by the firm GuildQuality, www.guildquality.com, Baltimore, Md. indicates homeowners who purchased a home certified to the National Green Building Standard are overwhelmingly likely to be glad they did. In fact, 94% of respondents would recommend a green home to a friend and 92% would purchase another green home.