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New Visible Value Blueprint Shows Strategies to Value Clean and Efficient Home Upgrades in the Real Estate Market

Six years ago, in 2013…

  • The cronut — a perfect hybrid of a croissant and a doughnut — was born;
  • Candy Crush took Facebook by storm;
  • A meteor crashed in Chelyabinsk, Russia;
  • And the Visible Value Blueprint…
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Added by Amber Vignieri on September 6, 2019 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

New Video Explains the Super Stars of Energy Efficiency: Air Sealing and Insulation

Air sealing and insulation are the celebrities of the high-performance home world (high-performance homes being those using fewer energy and water resources and/or clean energy). These icons steal the show to provide the simplest, quickest, and least expensive method to decrease energy loss in a home. We created a…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on January 15, 2019 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Chicago's Micro Market Recovery Program

micro market recovery program target areas 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 we do this is through the City of Chicago’s…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on June 2, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

New Video and Course on Solar PV in Real Estate

Real estate professionals who understand the basics of solar and know how to market the benefits of an installation will have a market edge. For most real estate agents and appraisers, assessing the value of solar is a new frontier. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Elevate Energy is creating two online Continuing Education courses. Both classes will be…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on May 16, 2017 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Always Learning: Elevator Bill Expands His Building Science Toolbox with Passive House

passive house certification 1 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 we serve can save. Since we never stop learning at Elevate Energy, Technical Project Lead Bill Lyons recently became one of 1,350…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on April 7, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Let’s Party! A New Way to Learn About Home Energy Use

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 of it.

At an Elevate Energy house…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on March 10, 2017 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Emergency Heating Situation Leads to Further Efficiency Upgrades in Morgan Park

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…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on December 9, 2016 at 10:16am — No Comments

Healthy Homes, Healthy Families: Elevator Chris Steinhoff is Leading the Way

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,…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on October 28, 2016 at 11:19am — No Comments

Increasing Energy Savings for Less in West Humboldt Park

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…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on October 14, 2016 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Even with Polar Vortex, Hourly Pricing Participants Saved

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 email, phone or text, an online…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on September 30, 2016 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Creating an Efficient, Healthy Home in West Pullman

After receiving a tip from a West Pullman neighbor, Diana Story enrolled in the energy efficiency program made available through the City of Chicago’s Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP). Elevate Energy conducted an assessment of her 55 year-old home and found the typical efficiency needs—airsealing and insulation in the attic, basement, and perimeter walls. The assessment also…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on September 9, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Low Price Tag, Long-Term Savings: Elevate’s Nonprofit Program Helps Vietnamese Association of Illinois Improve Lighting

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…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on August 26, 2016 at 10:37am — No Comments

Chicago Winter No Match for Retrofitted Logan Square Building

In 2013, building owner Josh Miller worked with Elevate Energy to reduce the cost of utility bills in his two-story building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, as well as improve the overall comfort of the units.

After suffering through a winter of cold drafts and high gas bills, Josh Miller decided to make improvements to his two-unit greystone. He contacted…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on August 5, 2016 at 11:44am — 2 Comments

Dynamic Pricing 101: Beat the Heat and High Utility Bills

Did you know that Ameren…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on July 8, 2016 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

Elevate Energy Mythbusters: Windows & Attics Edition

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 the drafts coming through and around them. We are certain that old windows are the main culprit behind why we spend so much…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on June 24, 2016 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Electricity Rate

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…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on June 3, 2016 at 11:53am — No Comments

Relay Network Targets Multifamily Housing Upgrades Nationwide

Affordable apartment buildings are home to more than 10 million American households, making them a backbone of U.S. housing stock. They also waste a lot of energy.

In fact, energy efficiency measures are far less likely to be found in multifamily buildings than any other type of housing, according to a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Several hurdles have stalled upgrades: building owners lack access to capital, utility-run efficiency…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on May 27, 2016 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Home Energy Efficiency Round-Up, May Special Alert--Efficiency Financing, Elevate SunShot Awardee

Solar Ready with STEP



In an effort to…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on May 25, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Elevator David Becker Discusses Benefits of Time-Variant Pricing on CSIS Dream Team Panel

“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, during his presentation on the Center for Strategic and International…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on May 6, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments

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