Elevate Energy Blog

Category Archive: Building Owners & Managers

by Melissa Ulbricht

At Elevate Energy, we’re particularly excited to see multiple examples of states, cities, and committees taking action toward climate, energy, and sustainability issues.  In Illinois, the Future Energy Jobs Act demonstrates collaboration and leadership to strengthen the Illinois economy and ensure an equitable clean energy future. We also recently presented strategies to help Iowa City’s [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

You probably land in one of two camps: rejoicing the start of fall and cooler temps, or mourning the end of summer and warmer days. Whatever your seasonal inclination, now is the perfect time to prepare your home or building for Chicago winter. While there are many free, small things you can do today to [...]

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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

We’re always looking to advance our skills and deepen our expertise in building science; it’s the foundation of our work! The knowledge our staff has of building science is essential when they’re out in the field looking for opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. The more possible upgrades they can identify, the more money the people [...]

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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

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

In 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 [...]

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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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by Amber Vignieri

Sometimes a simple change can make a big difference. The Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI) recently shaved an estimated 28 percent off its electric bills by improving the lights in its Uptown, Chicago headquarters. That’s a projected savings of more than $1,200 annually that the community group can shift into funding an array of programs [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held the first and only hearing on the proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) in Chicago, which encourages investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy in low-income communities. Elevate took the opportunity to let the EPA know how impactful the CEIP could be by providing testimony and helping organize a [...]

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