Elevate Energy Blog

Category Archive: Energy Efficiency & Sustainability

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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

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

Late last week, Senate Bill 2814 passed out of the General Assembly, and Governor Bruce Rauner signed it into law earlier today. The legislation represents a compromise between Exelon and other energy stakeholders. Exelon sought help to keep two of its financially distressed nuclear plants open. Environmental advocates, consumer groups, and the wind and solar [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

We celebrate our diverse staff at Elevate; we love sharing our stories with each other and contributing our different perspectives to our team.  We had a unique opportunity this fall to learn from a special visitor who came to us from over 6,000 miles away. During October and November, Elevate had the pleasure of hosting [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

At Elevate, we know that the most cost-effective source of energy is the one you don’t have to use. Homeowners that invest in energy efficiency upgrades have lower energy bills and more comfortable living spaces. But how can they show off their fantastic improvements when they’re hidden within walls? We hypothesized that if buyers were [...]

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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

After receiving a tip from a West Pullman neighbor, Diana Story enrolled in the energy efficiency program made available through the City of Chicago’s Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP). Elevate Energy conducted an assessment of her 55 year-old home and found the typical efficiency needs—airsealing and insulation in the attic, basement, and perimeter walls. The [...]

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