Elevate Energy Blog

Category Archive: Research & Results

by Amber Vignieri

Do you, or another adult in your home, have asthma? Your home could be part of the Breathe Easy Project, a two-year study on respiratory health and home air quality we’re leading with the Illinois Institute of Technology. By participating in this study, your household could earn $310 or more, and you’ll receive a ventilation [...]

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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

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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by Amber Vignieri

Elevate administers the ComEd Hourly Pricing program, and we’ve helped thousands of participants save money on their bills by shifting electricity usage to lower priced hours. But did you know that being smart about how and when you use electricity also helps your community and the environment? Our new infographic shows just a few of the many [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Our mission at Elevate is to promote smarter energy use for all, and in order to do this, we need to know the current needs of populations that face barriers to energy resources. We’re constantly working to understand the energy burden on low-income families and how we can create sustainable solutions that alleviate this burden. [...]

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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

ComEd’s Hourly Pricing program allows participants to pay the hourly, wholesale market price for electricity. By conserving electricity usage when prices are high through simple behavior changes, customers can increase their savings. Elevate Energy administers the program and provides customer services to approximately 11,000 participants to help them manage costs, including high price alerts by [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

In the midst of the rapidly changing energy sector, utilities have an enormous opportunity to modernize their services to all ratepayers, but in particular, to their large population of traditionally underserved low-income customers. Energy efficiency investments, especially when directed at low-income communities, reduce costs to utilities, thereby lowering rates for all customers. As utilities transform [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

“Over $25 million have been saved in the state of Illinois since these programs started in 2007, and that’s real money, and that’s off of 1/3 of 1% of all customers, so there’s a huge opportunity to bring millions and millions of dollars to the smart grid investment,” said David Becker, Director of Dynamic Pricing, [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Huge savings alert! Over 10,500 customers on ComEd’s Hourly Pricing electric rate have collectively saved $15 million on their bills compared with what they would have paid on ComEd’s standard fixed price rate. The rate option is available to all ComEd customers with a smart meter, which ComEd is currently installing for its nearly 4 [...]

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