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Category Archive: Affordable Housing

by Amber Vignieri

We’ve been helping building owners and managers tame high-utility costs for almost ten years, and throughout that time we’ve experimented with incorporating recommendations to increase water efficiency and stop uncontrolled water leaks in buildings. As the cost of water steadily rises, property owners are increasingly concerned about keeping water costs down. Identifying the causes of high [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

More than 1.4 million Michigan households, or 37%, are considered low-income, earning less than $30,000 annually. Many low-income households face a large energy burden, which can be defined as a household’s heating and electric expenses as a percentage of income. Great progress to reduce energy burden has been made in the Midwest by improving energy [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

The following is an excerpt from Elevate Energy CEO Anne Evens’s discussion with the Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers (CPM). CPM is a national cohort of 40 nonprofit organizations, of which Elevate Energy is a part of, working to establish new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges; learn more about our involvement here. The excerpt [...]

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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

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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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

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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