Elevate Energy Blog

Mar10
2017

We went to the best house party—no, not an all-night blow-out, but a small get-together hosted by real estate broker Dan Razowsky. This particular house party was to help Dan, his parents, and their friends become more educated about energy use and energy efficiency in their homes, and we were thrilled to be a part [...]

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Feb24
2017

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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Feb10
2017

In the energy industry, people are often the last, and yet most obvious, consideration made when designing programs targeted at reducing energy use. There is often little to no discussion of what results from reduced energy costs and improved air quality for people, or even the greater benefit it has for families on a limited income. [...]

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Feb2
2017

In honor of our third birthday this Saturday, we’re proud to announce the release of our 2016 annual report! Over the past year, we’ve been hard at work promoting smarter energy use for all through our programs, some brand new and some tried-and-true. You may know about us from our work with building owners to [...]

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Jan27
2017

On June 1st, 2016, Elevate Energy launched the Ameren Illinois Peak Time Rewards program. The program allows customers to earn bill credits by conserving electricity when electricity is expected to be high during “Peak Time Rewards events.” “When we signed up for the Peak Time Rewards program, we thought why not, there’s nothing to lose. [...]

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Jan25
2017

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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Jan20
2017

As we stated around this time last year, a lot is happening at the intersection of residential energy efficiency and real estate. Recently, much of this activity has focused on residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. More than 1.1 million U.S. homes feature solar and, within some ZIP codes, more than 20 percent of homes have [...]

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Dec27
2016

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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