Elevate Energy Blog

Aug4
2015
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A recent three-part series in the Chicago Tribune focuses on the toxic legacy of lead in Chicago. In Chicago, the number of children with lead poisoning is four times the national average, and the problem is concentrated in our most distressed neighborhoods. The dangerous effects of lead poisoning can be subtle, permanent, and devastating. Exposure [...]

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Jul28
2015
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More energy efficient stage lighting? Yes, please! Theatrical lighting is found in many schools, houses of worship, and local theaters. The Tungsten lamp on the left runs at 575 or 750 watts, lasts for about 1,500 to 2,000 hours, and requires oft-replaced gel slides for color changes. And it gets very hot. By comparison, the [...]

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Jul20
2015
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WTTW, Chicago’s premier public television station, and WFMT, the city’s classical and fine arts radio station, were interested in reducing energy use at their joint broadcast and production facility, the Renée Crown Public Media Center. They wanted to make improvements that would lower energy bills and promote a healthier environment. With help from Elevate Energy, [...]

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Jul15
2015
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Are you at bat for energy benchmarking in Chicago? Commercial and municipal buildings larger than 50,000 square feet and residential buildings larger than 250,000 square feet have until August 1, 2015 to comply with the Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. The ordinance, enacted in 2013, requires large commercial, municipal, and residential buildings (those more than 50,000 square [...]

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Jul1
2015
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In June, Elevators were particularly focused on bike commuting to our office in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Many were motivated by the Bike Commuter Challenge, a local competition from the Active Transportation Alliance that encouraged people to commute to work by bicycle June 12 to 19. Despite all the rain, we did well. In fact, [...]

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Jun18
2015
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Update: Registration now available for the summer, fall, and winter series! Have you heard us talk about high performance homes? These unique homes feature lower energy costs, greater comfort, and other benefits. And they’re growing in inventory. In 2001, there were nearly zero such high performance homes. Today, more than 8,500 homes in Illinois are [...]

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Jun11
2015
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Many of our blog visitors may already be on an hourly electricity rate through ComEd’s Residential Real-Time Pricing (RRTP) program or Ameren Illinois’ Power Smart Pricing (PSP) program. Good for you! Hourly pricing allows you to pay market-based prices for electricity. That means shifting your electricity usage to lower priced hours can lower your bills. [...]

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Jun3
2015
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Our Chicago Blackhawks are heading to the Stanley Cup Finals, but that’s not the only accomplishment our city has to celebrate. The American Center for an Energy-Efficient Economy just released a 2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard that ranks 51 large U.S. cities in five key areas of energy efficiency, and Chicago ranks number six. Chicago is [...]

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