Elevate Energy Blog

Aug26
2016
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Sometimes a simple change can make a big difference. The Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI) recently shaved an estimated 28 percent off its electric bills by improving the lights in its Uptown, Chicago headquarters. That’s a projected savings of more than $1,200 annually that the community group can shift into funding an array of programs [...]

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Aug12
2016
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Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held the first and only hearing on the proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) in Chicago, which encourages investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy in low-income communities. Elevate took the opportunity to let the EPA know how impactful the CEIP could be by providing testimony and helping organize a [...]

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Aug5
2016
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In 2013, building owner Josh Miller worked with Elevate Energy to reduce the cost of utility bills in his two-story building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, as well as improve the overall comfort of the units. After suffering through a winter of cold drafts and high gas bills, Josh Miller decided to make [...]

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Jul29
2016
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This special Bike Commuter Challenge blog post is guest written by Ms. Meagan Marie Kadlec, Senior Program Support Associate at Elevate Energy. Riding a bicycle is invigorating. Riding the bus is economical. Riding the train can be romantic (read: Meagan meets a jazz guitarist with a Bulgarian accent on the Metra and they date). If [...]

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Jul25
2016
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This post is an update on our progress since our receipt of a $445,000 cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. It is also a part of SunShot’s real estate week which features blogs that explain how solar energy affects the real estate process and bring greater clarity to homeowners so they can make more informed decisions [...]

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Jul22
2016
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Elevate Energy is dedicated to promoting smarter energy use for all through many different programs—upgrading multifamily buildings and childcare centers, improving the visibility of energy efficiency in the real estate market, administering dynamic pricing programs for ComEd and Ameren—the list goes on. However, none of these programs would succeed without the hard work of our incredible [...]

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Jul8
2016
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Did you know that Ameren Illinois and ComEd offer two rate options? Many ratepayers are unaware of their choices when it comes to what they pay for electricity. If you’re familiar with Elevate, however, you may know that we administer both Ameren Illinois’ Power Smart Pricing program and ComEd’s Hourly Pricing program. These hourly pricing programs allow [...]

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Jun30
2016
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In the midst of the rapidly changing energy sector, utilities have an enormous opportunity to modernize their services to all ratepayers, but in particular, to their large population of traditionally underserved low-income customers. Energy efficiency investments, especially when directed at low-income communities, reduce costs to utilities, thereby lowering rates for all customers. As utilities transform [...]

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