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by Melissa Ulbricht

When it comes to operating a multifamily residential building, some of the largest costs come from energy and water consumption. Retrofit programs seek to reduce these operating costs by improving energy and water efficiency. Improving these buildings also helps preserve affordable housing and results in safer, more comfortable homes for tenants. Over time, the costs [...]

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Marcella Bondie Keenan and Katrina Lewis contributed to this blog post. Marcella is the policy fellow at Elevate Energy and Katrina is the policy intern. Own an electric vehicle? You could have saved up to 45 percent on the cost of charging your vehicle last year, all by simply changing your electricity rate option. In [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

We recently celebrated a real milestone on the multifamily energy efficiency front. We took the success of our Energy Savers program on the road with a blueprint to help accelerate the growth of multifamily programs across the nation. We’re excited to share some great news out of Michigan, where Michigan Energy Options recently launched a [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

We knew our building was getting crowded when we converted a vestibule on the second floor of our Bucktown office into a makeshift working space. Elevate Energy has seen significant growth in recent years. Our programs are expanding, we’re taking on new projects, and we’ve been hiring. In the past 10 years, our staff has [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

Vera Jordan owns this two-story brick building in the Maple Park neighborhood of Chicago. Over the winter, she struggled with high energy costs and wanted to invest in improvements that would reduce her energy consumption and help her save money in the years to come. Sound familiar? Nearly 40 percent of Chicago metro urban housing [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

At Elevate Energy, we’re dedicated to smarter energy use for all. This is exactly why we support strong carbon pollution standards. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. We support this important move to take action to confront climate change. [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

Non-residential buildings over 250,000 square feet must benchmark their energy use and comply with the Chicago Energy Benchmarking ordinance by June 1, 2014. The ordinance raises awareness of energy performance through information and transparency, with the goal of unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities for businesses and residents. Here’s more on why energy benchmarking matters. Need some help [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

For hourly pricing participants, shifting electricity usage during summer months – from higher priced times to lower priced times – can help manage costs. As a general rule of thumb, to manage summer electricity costs, reduce your usage between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, particularly on hot days, and shift some of your usage [...]

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