Elevate Energy Blog

Dec17
2014
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A new report from the City of Chicago looks at the energy use of nearly 350 large commercial buildings. Reducing energy use in these buildings by 23 percent could result in $77 million in energy cost savings. Today, the City of Chicago published its inaugural energy benchmarking report which examines data collected during the first [...]

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Dec12
2014
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This post is written by Marcella Bondie Keenan, policy fellow at Elevate Energy. Under current Illinois law, utility companies offer rebates for natural gas and electricity efficiency projects. While this is a key driver for improving energy efficiency in Illinois, there is a mismatch in funding between natural gas and electric programs. Natural gas efficiency [...]

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Dec4
2014
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A new fact sheet will help regulatory attorneys and others understand aggregated data and how privacy standards vary from state to state. Tracking and benchmarking the energy use of buildings requires enhanced access to customer energy usage data. To protect customer privacy and ensure data security, many utilities access aggregated data that is compiled from [...]

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Nov25
2014
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This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for the opportunity to help nonprofit organizations like Little City minimize operating costs, allowing them to focus more resources on their mission. As a mission-based organization ourselves, we understand how important this is. Little City does good. The organization opened its doors more than 50 years ago to ensure that people [...]

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Nov19
2014
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Before we moved to our new office at 322 S. Green St., we knew the space was in need of energy efficiency improvements. It was important that our new home reflected our mission of smarter energy use for all. Because we rent our space and are tied to its central HVAC system, the logical place to start [...]

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Nov13
2014
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Sandeep and Carolyn Sood own several apartment buildings in Chicago, but the 55-unit building at 6731 S. Jeffery Boulevard is special. The building is one of the first in the country to receive the new ENERGY STAR® certification for multifamily buildings. “For us, it’s an important designation. It shows people that want to live here [...]

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Nov4
2014
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Under All is the Land. It’s the poetic opening line to the preamble of National Association of Realtors (NAR) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. While the code certainly speaks to fundamentals of property ownership and social responsibilities of Realtors, it’s also an obligation to recognize the “best use of the land” to the [...]

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Oct30
2014
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Illustration from Raymond Biesinger in OnEarth profile. OnEarth magazine published a list of nine visionary leaders who are taking action against climate change, starting with the cities they live in. Elevate Energy CEO Anne Evens is on the list for her efforts to build the marketplace for residential hourly pricing, which reduces peak demand and carbon emissions. In [...]

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