Elevate Energy Blog

Category Archive: Affordable Housing

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by Amber Vignieri

John Brauc of Checkmate Realty and Development worked with Elevate Energy to upgrade the efficiency of his 23-unit apartment building on South Essex Avenue in Chicago. After fully inspecting the building, we recommended cost-effective improvements to reduce annual electricity and natural gas bills. The building was air sealed and insulated—two low-cost improvements that can have [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Our fearless leader Anne Evens has helped guide Elevate’s work for over ten years to ensure that our  energy efficiency services consistently deliver on our mission: to provide smarter energy use for all. Her incredible passion, ambition, and care for the organization have helped build a driven team working towards this common goal. While she [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

In an effort to provide more comprehensive services to the people we serve, especially low-income populations, Elevate is working towards identifying and solving home-based health hazards that we discover while doing energy efficiency work. These home-base health hazards are often a barrier to weatherization for our low- to moderate-income homeowners. To support this work, Elevate [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

This blog post is guest written by Elevate Energy Chief Operating Officer Delmar Gillus. I had the pleasure of attending the Citi Foundation Community Progress Makers Convening in Washington, D.C. As the area is also home for me, I was excited to see how D.C. was progressing, and to catch up with family and friends. [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Building owner Charles Beck needed to make improvements to the failing boiler of his 12-unit apartment building located on the West Side of Chicago. His building is one of a few viable housing developments in an area faced with foreclosures and disinvestment. Beck approached the Community Investment Corporation (CIC) about resources for repairing his boiler. [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

At Elevate, our work to deliver smarter energy use for all takes many different routes. Our latest effort incorporates clean energy generation, community development, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping to create a resource that will support the development of renewable energy projects in Chicago neighborhoods. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Cook County [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held the first and only hearing on the proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) in Chicago, which encourages investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy in low-income communities. Elevate took the opportunity to let the EPA know how impactful the CEIP could be by providing testimony and helping organize a [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Elevate Energy is dedicated to promoting smarter energy use for all through many different programs—upgrading multifamily buildings and childcare centers, improving the visibility of energy efficiency in the real estate market, administering dynamic pricing programs for ComEd and Ameren—the list goes on. However, none of these programs would succeed without the hard work of our incredible [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

In the midst of the rapidly changing energy sector, utilities have an enormous opportunity to modernize their services to all ratepayers, but in particular, to their large population of traditionally underserved low-income customers. Energy efficiency investments, especially when directed at low-income communities, reduce costs to utilities, thereby lowering rates for all customers. As utilities transform [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

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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