Elevate Energy Blog

Jul1
2015
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In June, Elevators were particularly focused on bike commuting to our office in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Many were motivated by the Bike Commuter Challenge, a local competition from the Active Transportation Alliance that encouraged people to commute to work by bicycle June 12 to 19. Despite all the rain, we did well. In fact, [...]

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Jun18
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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Jun11
2015
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Many of our blog visitors may already be on an hourly electricity rate through ComEd’s Residential Real-Time Pricing (RRTP) program or Ameren Illinois’ Power Smart Pricing (PSP) program. Good for you! Hourly pricing allows you to pay market-based prices for electricity. That means shifting your electricity usage to lower priced hours can lower your bills. [...]

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Jun3
2015
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Our Chicago Blackhawks are heading to the Stanley Cup Finals, but that’s not the only accomplishment our city has to celebrate. The American Center for an Energy-Efficient Economy just released a 2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard that ranks 51 large U.S. cities in five key areas of energy efficiency, and Chicago ranks number six. Chicago is [...]

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May28
2015
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This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced two new Better Buildings Accelerators, which bring together key leaders to bolster residential energy efficiency. Elevate Energy is one of several partners involved in the Home Energy Information Accelerator, which aims to make home energy information more accessible to potential home buyers. At a White House roundtable this week, [...]

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May20
2015
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This post is written by Marcella Bondie Keenan, policy fellow at Elevate Energy. Rate design is the method by which an energy utility calculates fuel charges and customer charges. This post explains how these charges are calculated and how rate design can help keep energy costs affordable for low income or low-use customers.   First, [...]

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May14
2015
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Smart meter installation across the Chicago region is moving right along. ComEd has installed one million smart meters in homes so far, and installs 20,000 more each week. (ComEd plans to install meters in all homes and businesses by the end of 2018; the schedule is available at ComEd.com/SmartMeter.) Smart meter technology can save households [...]

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May13
2015
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Congratulations to the City of Madison, Wisconsin on being selected as a semifinalist in the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. The prize challenges towns, cities, and counties to rethink their energy use and implement creative strategies to increase efficiency. As a semifinalist, the City of Madison will implement a plan to reduce its energy [...]

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