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Category Archive: Tips & Tools

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

Last week, we compiled five easy, free ways to save on your energy bills. This week, we’re talking about our favorite energy efficiency gadgets that will help you boost your savings even further! We tried to focus the list mostly on items that are small, easy to use, and relatively affordable—and included a few ways [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Even though measures like air sealing and insulation can make a huge difference in your energy use and utility bills, saving money and energy doesn’t always require an upfront investment. Here are five no-cost ways you can use less energy throughout the day, shave a few bucks off your energy bills, and spend that extra [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Our customers are at the core of everything we do, whether we’re helping residential ComEd or Ameren ratepayers save money on their bills or connecting low-income residents with retrofit resources. To improve service to our customers, we’ve maintained a direct customer support center in-house since 2001. The team has grown and developed over those 15 [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

This blog post is guest written by former staff member Eric Keeley. Great enthusiasm for home energy efficiency is often matched with misconceptions.  Let’s explore a bit and figure out the difference between what we perceive, believe, and what we know to be true. Our Perception Windows: We see through them every day and curse [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Rate design is the method by which an energy utility calculates charges for the energy you use and for the infrastructure used to deliver that energy to your home.  This post explains how these charges are calculated.   How Are Energy Rates Calculated? Investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities are regulated by state agencies such [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Marjie Isaacson’s vintage brick house in West Town doesn’t look all that unusual from the street. But walk around back and you can spot an array of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that made a bit of Illinois history. Marjie, Elevate Energy’s Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Control, was among the first Chicagoans to [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

This special Earth Day blog post is guest written by Ms. Meagan Marie Kadlec, Senior Program Support Associate at Elevate Energy and the driving force behind Elevate’s soon-to-be-famous cloth napkin challenge. It’s not easy being green. Oh wait, it kind of is. Sometimes I dream of owning a pre-war three-flat brownstone with solar panels and a [...]

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by Jenny Riley

Check out THE GATE article, Chicago Poised to Go Green, quoting our very own Kathryn Eggers.  The article notes that Chicago, like other communities, is experiencing phenomenon commonly linked to climate change and explores several local initiatives to combat climate change, including the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance.  The ordinance was developed to raise awareness of [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

This blog post is guest written by Eric Keeley, Outreach and Marketing Coordinator at Elevate Energy. He’s also a chili aficionado. Many inquiries have come our way regarding  Elevate Energy’s second annual  chili cook-off.  What people REALLY seem to want are the recipes.  Today, we’re honored to share some of those recipes. A total of [...]

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