Elevate Energy Blog

Feb10
2017
HUD visit reducing energy use

In the energy industry, people are often the last, and yet most obvious, consideration made when designing programs targeted at reducing energy use. There is often little to no discussion of what results from reduced energy costs and improved air quality for people, or even the greater benefit it has for families on a limited income. [...]

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Feb2
2017
annual report

In honor of our third birthday this Saturday, we’re proud to announce the release of our 2016 annual report! Over the past year, we’ve been hard at work promoting smarter energy use for all through our programs, some brand new and some tried-and-true. You may know about us from our work with building owners to [...]

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Jan27
2017
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On June 1st, 2016, Elevate Energy launched the Ameren Illinois Peak Time Rewards program. The program allows customers to earn bill credits by conserving electricity when electricity is expected to be high during “Peak Time Rewards events.” “When we signed up for the Peak Time Rewards program, we thought why not, there’s nothing to lose. [...]

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Jan25
2017
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We pride ourselves on knowing a lot about multifamily buildings. We’ve worked with local contractors and building owners to upgrade more than 26,000 multifamily units with energy efficient improvements. We’re also always pushing ourselves to become more expert in everything we do at Elevate (indeed, our mission is smart-er energy use for all). In that [...]

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Jan20
2017
solar real estate for sale sold

As we stated around this time last year, a lot is happening at the intersection of residential energy efficiency and real estate. Recently, much of this activity has focused on residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. More than 1.1 million U.S. homes feature solar and, within some ZIP codes, more than 20 percent of homes have [...]

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Dec27
2016
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John Brauc of Checkmate Realty and Development worked with Elevate Energy to upgrade the efficiency of his 23-unit apartment building on South Essex Avenue in Chicago. After fully inspecting the building, we recommended cost-effective improvements to reduce annual electricity and natural gas bills. The building was air sealed and insulated—two low-cost improvements that can have [...]

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Dec16
2016
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Our fearless leader Anne Evens has helped guide Elevate’s work for over ten years to ensure that our  energy efficiency services consistently deliver on our mission: to provide smarter energy use for all. Her incredible passion, ambition, and care for the organization have helped build a driven team working towards this common goal. While she [...]

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Dec9
2016
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In early November 2015, the boiler failed in building manager Chiaka Patterson’s 12-unit multifamily building in the Morgan Park area of Chicago. As winter was quickly approaching, Mrs. Patterson worried about her tenant’s comfort and safety. She reached out to Community Investment Corporation (CIC) to assist her with financing the replacement. CIC approved her for an [...]

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