Elevate Energy Blog

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by Melissa Ulbricht

As part of a new program through the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF), our five Elevate Energy outreach advocates (who we affectionately refer to as the Action Team) are working across the state to help people understand the smart grid and the money-saving efficiency programs made possible by this new technology. The team [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

After suffering through a winter of cold drafts and high gas bills, Josh Miller decided to make improvements to his two-unit greystone in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. He contacted Elevate Energy, who sent an expert energy analyst and an independent contractor to inspect the heating distribution system, find air leaks in the building envelope, and determine [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

Chicago energy benchmarking begins! We’ve got the basics to help building owners get started. The Chicago Energy Benchmarking 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. This year, non-residential buildings over 250,000 [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

We’ve said it before. Affordable multifamily apartment buildings hold a significant yet mostly untapped opportunity for energy efficiency. The problem is, financing remains a barrier. Building owners often lack access to capital for retrofits and lenders often do not consider future energy savings in loan underwriting. The multifamily housing market experiences a split incentive barrier, [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

Clean energy is as much about how we use energy as it is about how we produce it. In other words, energy efficiency matters. Energy efficiency is also a strong and growing part of the Illinois economy. That’s just one finding from Clean Energy Trust’s new survey, Clean Jobs IllinoisTM, the first comprehensive survey of [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

Our mission of smarter energy use for all includes helping you save money at home, especially with the bizarre and extreme weather we’ve had this year. The following easy tips will help you reduce energy use and save, whether you rent an apartment in a large building or own a single family home. Beware of [...]

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High Performance Home Valuation

by Melissa Ulbricht

In 2013, we published a blueprint with the National Home Performance Council that outlines a seven-step process to make energy efficiency visible and properly valued in the real estate market. Appraisals are a key part of the process because the appraiser serves as a neutral third party who assesses a high performance home and indicates [...]

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Contractors

by Melissa Ulbricht

We often tout the success and impact of our Energy Savers program and highlight the number of units improved (more than 17,000 to date!), gas therms and kilowatt hours saved, or other non-energy benefits. But did you know, we’re also making things easier for local contractors and creating jobs along the way? Here’s how. After [...]

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