Elevate Energy Blog

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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May6
2016
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“Over $25 million have been saved in the state of Illinois since these programs started in 2007, and that’s real money, and that’s off of 1/3 of 1% of all customers, so there’s a huge opportunity to bring millions and millions of dollars to the smart grid investment,” said David Becker, Director of Dynamic Pricing, [...]

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May4
2016
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Huge savings alert! Over 10,500 customers on ComEd’s Hourly Pricing electric rate have collectively saved $15 million on their bills compared with what they would have paid on ComEd’s standard fixed price rate. The rate option is available to all ComEd customers with a smart meter, which ComEd is currently installing for its nearly 4 [...]

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Apr29
2016
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A 15 year-old affordable housing development in downtown Ionia, Michigan won the 2015 Michigan Battle of the Buildings energy saving competition for apartments.  Building upgrades and subsequent systems optimization to the 39-unit complex were completed in April 2015. Through March 2016, these upgrades have cut gas usage by 10.8% and electric usage by 14.5%, saving more [...]

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