Elevate Energy Blog

May3
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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Apr29
2015
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The City of Chicago is ending its municipal aggregation contract with Integrys after the 2-year contract comes to a close this summer.  The transition period will last through August 2015. Municipal aggregation allows communities to bulk purchase electricity through an alternative supplier, negotiating prices lower than the ComEd fixed rate. Since Chicagoans voted to aggregate [...]

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Apr21
2015
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What happens when a Chicago single family real estate listing discloses residential energy costs (gas and electric)? It has a higher close rate and spends less time on the market than comparable homes that did not disclose this information, according to an analysis by Elevate Energy. Our analysis indicates that homes that disclosed energy costs [...]

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Apr15
2015
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While the folks at Elevate Energy know that every day is Earth Day, we’re looking forward to the 45th celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22. Here’s just a smattering of some interesting local events, from watching films about food justice to getting your hands dirty cleaning up our parks. We’ll be out and [...]

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Apr8
2015
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In the early 1970s, while more and more households in the predominately Latino neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village became dual-income, local families struggled to find childcare. A devoted group of parents were inspired to establish the first bilingual and affordable childcare center in the area, El Hogar del Niño. More than forty years later, [...]

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Mar25
2015
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We’re excited to announce a huge milestone at Elevate Energy:  In partnership with Community Investment Corporation (CIC), we’ve completed energy efficiency improvements in more than 20,000 apartments. Wow! We hosted a “Retrofit Revolution” event at Revolution Brewing to recognize some of the building owners, contractors, partners, and others who helped us reach this milestone. “Tonight [...]

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Mar23
2015
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Here in Chicago, we saw temperatures reach 70 degrees last week. This Monday, it snowed. The change in weather is a reminder of our variable Midwestern weather. It’s also a good opportunity to take stock of your energy use at home. We interviewed a few of our energy efficiency experts to get their advice on [...]

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Mar16
2015
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The first-ever Chicago Energy eCompliance Brokerage Challenge recognizes brokerages that adopt the Energy Cost Disclosure (ECD) tool, which helps your office automate the listing process by preparing an energy cost disclosure report online, with up-to-the-moment data. Brokerages that participate in the Challenge will be publically recognized in an Earth Day press release. Join early adopters [...]

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