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Emergency Heating Situation Leads to Further Efficiency Upgrades in Morgan Park

img_5013In 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 Energy Savers Loan and referred Mrs. Patterson to us to perform an energy assessment.

Our energy analysts promptly performed the inspection as the project involved an emergency heating situation. Elevate Energy provided recommendations for cost-effective improvements to reduce utility bills and property maintenance costs, and connected Mrs. Patterson with qualified contractors to complete the improvements. Mrs. Patterson reviewed bids from these contractors and selected Fewer Boiler, Inc. to perform the replacement. Within a matter of days, tenants had heat again and no longer needed to rely on electric space heaters.

As a result of the assessment, Mrs. Patterson decided to move forward with other recommended measures including roof cavity insulation and attic air sealing performed by Minnich Insulation. During this process, a roof leak was discovered that was also addressed.

“I am very pleased that Elevate Energy has been so instrumental in evaluating my energy consumption at all my buildings and helping me figure out how to best conserve energy through different conservation methods,” said Mrs. Patterson. “The staff was great to work with.”

The improvements to the building are expected to save Mrs. Patterson 29% percent annually on natural gas costs.

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