Elevate Energy Blog

Category Archive: Home Savings

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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

This post is an update on our progress since our receipt of a $445,000 cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. It is also a part of SunShot’s real estate week which features blogs that explain how solar energy affects the real estate process and bring greater clarity to homeowners so they can make more informed decisions [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

A lot is happening at the intersection of residential energy efficiency and real estate. First, let us set the scene. Elevate Energy and others have long recognized a specific challenge: When homeowners invest in improving the energy efficiency of their home and property, these measures are often invisible during key steps of the home sale [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

This blog post is written by Marjorie Isaacson, director of Elevate Energy’s quality assurance/quality control. First came the incandescent bulb, next came compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Now, there’s light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. This new lighting option is widely available at local stores and is used in applications from home lighting to high-definition TVs to traffic lights. [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

This is the fourth in a five-part series on the local contractors we work with. We often tout the environmental and community benefits of energy efficiency. We’re also making things easier for local contractors and creating jobs along the way. In fact, since we started our energy efficiency service for multifamily buildings, we’ve helped to create more than [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Low-income households often spend more of their income on energy costs than other more affluent households. In some cases, these low-income families are spending anywhere from 10 to 35 percent of annual income on utility bills. Here in Chicago, families with low incomes tend to live in old, energy-intensive housing, which adds to the energy [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

This blog post is written by Lisa Roth, manager of Elevate Energy’s Program Support team. Have you ever experienced a “puppy swarm?” The Program Support team at Elevate Energy recently did, and it was a dream come true. Our talented team serves a wide variety of programs ranging from dynamic electricity pricing and energy efficient building [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Some say, the young shall inherit the earth. Based on the 40 young energy professionals selected by Midwest Energy News for its 40 Under 40 award, we just may be in good hands. The award recognizes emerging leaders in the Midwest region who work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. The [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

This is the second in a four-part series on the local contractors we work with. We often tout the environmental and community benefits of energy efficiency. We’re also making things easier for local contractors and creating jobs along the way. In fact, since we started our energy efficiency service for multifamily buildings, we’ve helped to [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

In Illinois, the majority of households are not able to install solar panels directly on their home. Sometimes this is due to the prohibitive costs associated with installing a solar array or because of a lack of an adequate roof. Yet, even with a suitable roof, more than 40 percent of households in Cook County [...]

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