Elevate Energy Blog

Feb4
2016
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It’s hard to believe that it has been two years ago to the day that we changed our name to Elevate Energy to better express our mission of smarter energy use for all. We’ve hit several milestones since then. Our hallmark programs have continued apace, and we’ve added new programs that expand our reach and [...]

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Jan21
2016
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This blog post is written by Marjorie Isaacson, director of Elevate Energy’s quality assurance/quality control. First came the incandescent bulb, next came compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Now, there’s light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. This new lighting option is widely available at local stores and is used in applications from home lighting to high-definition TVs to traffic lights. [...]

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Jan14
2016
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This is the fourth in a five-part series on the local contractors we work with. We often tout the environmental and community benefits of energy efficiency. We’re also making things easier for local contractors and creating jobs along the way. In fact, since we started our energy efficiency service for multifamily buildings, we’ve helped to create more than [...]

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Jan6
2016
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A 2015 report on the second year of Chicago’s energy benchmarking ordinance shows a potential savings of $184 million and a five-fold increase over the number of properties that reported energy use in 2014. The City of Chicago recently published the 2015 Building Energy Benchmarking Report which examines data collected during the second phase of implementation of [...]

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Jan1
2016
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When Lockport, Illinois resident Mike McMahon wanted to lower the cost of his daily commute, he bought an electric vehicle. His next move was to join ComEd’s Hourly Pricing program, which provides access to real-time wholesale electricity prices so participants can take advantage of lower electricity prices when they shift their usage. EV owners like [...]

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Dec21
2015
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Chicago’s landmark Civic Opera House was the vision of Commonwealth Edison founder Samuel Insull, a magnate credited with helping to create an integrated electrical infrastructure in the early 1900s. But things have changed since Insull’s era. Today, the current owner of the opera house, Lyric Opera of Chicago, is seeking to further its mission by [...]

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Dec8
2015
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Low-income households often spend more of their income on energy costs than other more affluent households. In some cases, these low-income families are spending anywhere from 10 to 35 percent of annual income on utility bills. Here in Chicago, families with low incomes tend to live in old, energy-intensive housing, which adds to the energy [...]

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Dec2
2015
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The Show Me State has something new to share: A comprehensive state energy plan, the first in roughly 20 years. The Missouri Comprehensive State Energy Plan tells you everything you’d ever want to know about energy in Missouri: its sources, which sectors use energy and how much, what it costs and how it’s delivered (including [...]

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