America's first zero utility bill house

Location in Sevierville where a zero utility bill home is being built. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

Location in Sevierville where a zero utility bill home is being built. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It is designed to be the first affordable home in America that won't have a utility bill, in fact the builders say it will make you money.

Outside of Sevierville, a Thursday ground-breaking unveiled what should become the first home in America that will produce more energy than it will use. The 1547 square foot traditional cottage home will offer a unique chance to show energy-saving products. Developers say the home will make $100 a month in energy that will be sold back to TVA.

Rodney Leatherman, CEO, says the home will generate energy from the 10kw solar system to eliminate a utility bill.

"We can reduce the carbon footprint and get the air quality better here in the Smokies," said Leatherman. "There have been several of these built over the years, California, Rhode Island, and places, but they're $400 a square foot. We're at about $155 a foot."
The home cost starts at about $239,000.

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