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Bill Nickle champions simple living, which just happens to include energy conservation.

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Bill Nickle champions simple living, which just happens to include energy conservation.

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  • Not your typical mobile home: Clayton's iHouse taps a new market for the company, with its built-in green living and artistic lines.
  • Not your typical mobile home: Clayton's iHouse taps a new market for the company, with its built-in green living and artistic lines.
  • All aboard: Knoxville's new Transit Center helped snag the city a Solar American Cities designation.
  • Bill Nickle champions simple living, which just happens to include energy conservation.
  • Bill Nickle champions simple living, which just happens to include energy conservation.
  • A peek at what's keeping Bill Nickle's house warm.
  • Mitzi Wood-Von Mizener's straw bale home in Grainger County mixes high-tech and low-tech.
  • A wood cookstove adapted to work as a water heater, with the panels that manager Mitzi Wood-Von Mizener's solar powered electric system visible near the window.
  • Jeff Christian is a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a place most of us associate with the Manhattan Project. Christian, though, has been tasked to demonstrate that regular, comfortable homes can be built or adapted to be energy efficient by regular, ordinary carpenters and subcontractors.
  • Outside the box but inside the envelope: Oak Ridge National Laboratories researcher Jeff Christian explains why your heat pump belongs inside a climate-controlled space.

Believe it or not, East Tennessee is helping lead the way to a more energy-efficient future

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