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Category Archive: Energy Efficiency & Sustainability

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by Amber Vignieri

Elevate Energy disagrees strongly with President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, which commits the United States and 180 other countries to voluntarily reduce emissions that contribute to climate change. Despite the disappointing decision from the White House, all is not lost. There are hundreds of committed groups like [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Does your house feel drafty, overly hot in the summer, and freezing in the winter? Do you have high utility bills? Elevate Energy has helped hundreds of homeowners improve their buildings and reduce high utility bills through energy efficiency upgrades, with the important added benefits of strengthening communities and keeping housing affordable. One way that [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Our roots trace back to implementing energy efficiency initiatives in low-income Chicago communities to preserve affordable housing and reduce energy burden on working families, and we’re extremely proud of where we started. Over time, we’ve discovered that our services could help families all over the country, and have since partnered with other organizations in cities [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

In early December, Elevators Pete and Tim went back to school—Johnson College Prep in Englewood, to be specific. With support from the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) and the Illinois Power Agency, our Outreach Team is always looking for new opportunities to give people “power over their power” and learn about the potential [...]

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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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