Elevate Energy Blog

Oct7
2015
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Some say, the young shall inherit the earth. Based on the 40 young energy professionals selected by Midwest Energy News for its 40 Under 40 award, we just may be in good hands. The award recognizes emerging leaders in the Midwest region who work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. The [...]

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Oct1
2015
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This is the second in a four-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 [...]

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Sep23
2015
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In Illinois, the majority of households are not able to install solar panels directly on their home. Sometimes this is due to the prohibitive costs associated with installing a solar array or because of a lack of an adequate roof. Yet, even with a suitable roof, more than 40 percent of households in Cook County [...]

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Sep8
2015
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If you haven’t heard, there’s a lot happening right now at the intersection of home energy performance and real estate. Let’s set the scene first. As some may have experienced, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and environmental impact – [...]

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Aug26
2015
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How can we better ensure broad access to the benefits of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the smart grid? How do we connect households of all types and income levels to resources that enable more efficient energy use? We’re teaming up with the Young Professionals in Energy Chicago chapter on September 10 to talk about these important questions. We’ll discuss [...]

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Aug17
2015
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We often tout the environmental and community benefits of energy efficiency. But did you know we’re also making things easier for local contractors and creating jobs along the way? Here’s how. As part of our energy efficient buildings service, our team works directly with building owners to identify, explain, and prioritize the most cost-effective improvements [...]

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Aug4
2015
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A recent three-part series in the Chicago Tribune focuses on the toxic legacy of lead in Chicago. In Chicago, the number of children with lead poisoning is four times the national average, and the problem is concentrated in our most distressed neighborhoods. The dangerous effects of lead poisoning can be subtle, permanent, and devastating. Exposure [...]

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Jul28
2015
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More energy efficient stage lighting? Yes, please! Theatrical lighting is found in many schools, houses of worship, and local theaters. The Tungsten lamp on the left runs at 575 or 750 watts, lasts for about 1,500 to 2,000 hours, and requires oft-replaced gel slides for color changes. And it gets very hot. By comparison, the [...]

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