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by Melissa Ulbricht

Liz Vogel replaced the windows and updated the heating system in her small multifamily building in Logan Square. But she still noticed that parts of her home were not staying warm in winter. So she set out to solve the mystery of the missing heat. She saw icicles hanging from her roof, and that was [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

This month, Elevate Energy was in Asilomar, California for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2014 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. This year’s focus was “The Next Generation: Reaching for High Energy Savings.” We enjoyed meeting with industry leaders on how they’re reducing energy use in buildings. Given the impact of [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

When it comes to powering your home, you have a choice of electricity rates and suppliers. You can purchase your electricity supply from your local utility, or from an alternative retail electric supplier. If you purchase your electricity from Ameren Illinois or ComEd, you can also choose between a fixed-price rate and an hourly pricing [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

More than 40 percent of Cook County residents rent their homes, and the need for affordable rental housing in the region is growing. Reducing energy costs in rental properties can help keep housing affordable. But, when tenants foot their own heating or cooling bills in these buildings, what is the motivation for a building owner [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

Our mission at Elevate Energy is to help people do more with less energy. We even apply this philosophy to the way we get to our office. Once again, we’ve won our category in the Bike Commuter Challenge, a local competition from the Active Transportation Alliance that encourages people to commute to work by bicycle. [...]

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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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