Elevate Energy Blog

Jun24
2016
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This blog post is guest written by former staff member Eric Keeley. Great enthusiasm for home energy efficiency is often matched with misconceptions.  Let’s explore a bit and figure out the difference between what we perceive, believe, and what we know to be true. Our Perception Windows: We see through them every day and curse [...]

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Jun14
2016
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Monica Chadha, LEED certified architect and founder of Civic Projects LLC, worked with Elevate Energy to reduce the cost of maintaining her three-story building in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago, as well as improve the building’s safety. In 2013, Chadha contacted Elevate Energy to perform an energy assessment on her building to identify measures to [...]

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Jun10
2016
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When you think of a science fair what comes to mind? Probably, a school gymnasium lined with tables where students present their projects on colorfully drawn poster board. While poster board is still a perfectly good tool for some school projects, Elevate Energy and ABC/25 Foundation wanted to give kids the opportunity to have fun [...]

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Jun3
2016
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Rate design is the method by which an energy utility calculates charges for the energy you use and for the infrastructure used to deliver that energy to your home.  This post explains how these charges are calculated.   How Are Energy Rates Calculated? Investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities are regulated by state agencies such [...]

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May27
2016
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Affordable apartment buildings are home to more than 10 million American households, making them a backbone of U.S. housing stock. They also waste a lot of energy. In fact, energy efficiency measures are far less likely to be found in multifamily buildings than any other type of housing, according to a 2011 report by the [...]

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May20
2016
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Citi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citi Bank, has named Elevate Energy a Community Progress Maker. We join 40 visionary nonprofit organizations across the country to establish new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges in the areas of job creation, affordable housing, infrastructure, environmental justice, and community voice. “The Citi Foundation feels privileged to support [...]

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May17
2016
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With residential solar photovoltaics (PV) booming in popularity, it’s more important than ever for homeowners to know that their clean energy investment will be fairly valued when they decide to sell or refinance their home. But for most real estate agents and appraisers, assessing the value of solar is a new frontier. In an effort to [...]

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May13
2016
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Marjie Isaacson’s vintage brick house in West Town doesn’t look all that unusual from the street. But walk around back and you can spot an array of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that made a bit of Illinois history. Marjie, Elevate Energy’s Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Control, was among the first Chicagoans to [...]

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