Elevate Energy Blog

Category Archive: Building Owners & Managers

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by Amber Vignieri

We pride ourselves on knowing a lot about multifamily buildings. We’ve worked with local contractors and building owners to upgrade more than 26,000 multifamily units with energy efficient improvements. We’re also always pushing ourselves to become more expert in everything we do at Elevate (indeed, our mission is smart-er energy use for all). In that [...]

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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

In early November 2015, the boiler failed in building manager Chiaka Patterson’s 12-unit multifamily building in the Morgan Park area of Chicago. As winter was quickly approaching, Mrs. Patterson worried about her tenant’s comfort and safety. She reached out to Community Investment Corporation (CIC) to assist her with financing the replacement. CIC approved her for an [...]

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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

Sometimes a simple change can make a big difference. The Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI) recently shaved an estimated 28 percent off its electric bills by improving the lights in its Uptown, Chicago headquarters. That’s a projected savings of more than $1,200 annually that the community group can shift into funding an array of programs [...]

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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

In 2013, building owner Josh Miller worked with Elevate Energy to reduce the cost of utility bills in his two-story building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, as well as improve the overall comfort of the units. After suffering through a winter of cold drafts and high gas bills, Josh Miller decided to make [...]

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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

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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by Amber Vignieri

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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