Elevate Energy Blog

Aug4
2017
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We’ve been helping building owners and managers tame high-utility costs for almost ten years, and throughout that time we’ve experimented with incorporating recommendations to increase water efficiency and stop uncontrolled water leaks in buildings. As the cost of water steadily rises, property owners are increasingly concerned about keeping water costs down. Identifying the causes of high [...]

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Jul21
2017
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This post is an update on our progress since our receipt of a $445,000 cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative It took 40 years to reach the milestone of 1 million solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the United States, but the Solar Energy Industries Association predicts that it will only take two more years to reach [...]

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Jul13
2017
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More than 1.4 million Michigan households, or 37%, are considered low-income, earning less than $30,000 annually. Many low-income households face a large energy burden, which can be defined as a household’s heating and electric expenses as a percentage of income. Great progress to reduce energy burden has been made in the Midwest by improving energy [...]

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Jun28
2017
Community Progress Makers

The following is an excerpt from Elevate Energy CEO Anne Evens’s discussion with the Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers (CPM). CPM is a national cohort of 40 nonprofit organizations, of which Elevate Energy is a part of, working to establish new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges; learn more about our involvement here. The excerpt [...]

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Jun16
2017
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We’re working to ensure that everyone has access to the benefits of a clean energy economy, and one way we’re doing that is through community solar. However, it’s a relatively new concept that can be difficult to implement, especially in low- and moderate-income communities, due to: Technical Issues: some rooftops are unsuitable for solar panels (shaded/physical [...]

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Jun6
2017
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Elevate Energy disagrees strongly with President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, which commits the United States and 180 other countries to voluntarily reduce emissions that contribute to climate change. Despite the disappointing decision from the White House, all is not lost. There are hundreds of committed groups like [...]

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Jun2
2017
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Does your house feel drafty, overly hot in the summer, and freezing in the winter? Do you have high utility bills? Elevate Energy has helped hundreds of homeowners improve their buildings and reduce high utility bills through energy efficiency upgrades, with the important added benefits of strengthening communities and keeping housing affordable. One way that [...]

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May22
2017
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Do you, or another adult in your home, have asthma? Your home could be part of the Breathe Easy Project, a two-year study on respiratory health and home air quality we’re leading with the Illinois Institute of Technology. By participating in this study, your household could earn $310 or more, and you’ll receive a ventilation [...]

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