Elevate Energy Blog

Sep29
2014
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At Elevate Energy, we like to say that we walk the walk, meaning that we apply our mission of promoting smarter energy use for all in everything we do. One way that we’re helping to protect the environment begins at our office. We’re currently pursuing LEED-Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a nationally [...]

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Sep17
2014
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Today a few of us took a brief pause to enjoy a walk in the beautiful Elmhurst Great Western Prairie, a six-acre prairie remnant in eastern DuPage County. The prairie was saved from development because of a unique location: it’s sandwiched between two abandoned railroads. The Elmhurst Great Western Prairie is the largest piece of [...]

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Sep10
2014
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Liz Vogel replaced the windows and updated the heating system in her small multifamily building in Logan Square. But she still noticed that parts of her home were not staying warm in winter. So she set out to solve the mystery of the missing heat. She saw icicles hanging from her roof, and that was [...]

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Sep2
2014
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This month, Elevate Energy was in Asilomar, California for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2014 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. This year’s focus was “The Next Generation: Reaching for High Energy Savings.” We enjoyed meeting with industry leaders on how they’re reducing energy use in buildings. Given the impact of [...]

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Aug27
2014
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When it comes to powering your home, you have a choice of electricity rates and suppliers. You can purchase your electricity supply from your local utility, or from an alternative retail electric supplier. If you purchase your electricity from Ameren Illinois or ComEd, you can also choose between a fixed-price rate and an hourly pricing [...]

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Aug7
2014
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More than 40 percent of Cook County residents rent their homes, and the need for affordable rental housing in the region is growing. Reducing energy costs in rental properties can help keep housing affordable. But, when tenants foot their own heating or cooling bills in these buildings, what is the motivation for a building owner [...]

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Jul31
2014
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Our mission at Elevate Energy is to help people do more with less energy. We even apply this philosophy to the way we get to our office. Once again, we’ve won our category in the Bike Commuter Challenge, a local competition from the Active Transportation Alliance that encourages people to commute to work by bicycle. [...]

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Jul24
2014
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When it comes to operating a multifamily residential building, some of the largest costs come from energy and water consumption. Retrofit programs seek to reduce these operating costs by improving energy and water efficiency. Improving these buildings also helps preserve affordable housing and results in safer, more comfortable homes for tenants. Over time, the costs [...]

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