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How to Optimize On-Bill Financing to Help Illinois Building Owners Invest in Energy Efficiency

This post is written by Marcella Bondie Keenan, policy fellow at Elevate Energy.

Building owners can save money by investing in energy efficiency improvements. But if they can’t afford the upfront costs of the upgrades, they continue to pay higher energy bills and are even less able to pay for energy efficiency improvements down the road.

On-bill financing (OBF) is one tool to help owners break out of this cycle. It provides an opportunity to invest in energy…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on February 18, 2015 at 11:36am — 2 Comments

Smart Grid Projects for Improved Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a term given to the process of using energy that maximizes power saving without reducing service or utility. In a developing country like India, energy is the capital on which industries thrive. To fulfill industrial needs, a lot of energy is produced within the country as well as purchased from foreign lands. The result is a lot of expenditure and pollution. To make things worse, there is a lot of mismanagement of the grids that leads to considerable loss of…


Added by Daina Martin on February 12, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Easy Ways to Go Green

Unlike what some people believe, going green doesn’t have to be a daunting and expensive task. There are simple things that people can do every day, such as unplugging electronics, or over a weekend such as fixing leaky faucets and changing air filters. These quick and easy ways to go green can help make a difference, no matter how small they are. Below is a short list of some of the things that you can easily do in order to go green without having to make major changes in your…


Added by Alicia Hobbs on January 25, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

New $1.6 Million Program Helps Electric-Heated Buildings in Chicago Save Energy, Money

Many Chicago apartment buildings are electrically heated – meaning that the primary heat source is delivered via electricity, rather than natural gas or other sources. A …


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on January 15, 2015 at 7:51am — 2 Comments

Poor HVAC Installation Leads to Increased Energy Use

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revealed that poor installation of air conditioning and heat pump units often leads to unsatisfactory energy performance. This research took three years to compile, with the help of surveys, field evidence, and various measurements for modeling. The most common installation errors included leaky ducts, improper refrigerant charge, oversizing of systems, and restricted…


Added by Everblue Training on November 26, 2014 at 8:26am — 1 Comment

Multifamily Buildings Are Now Eligible to Apply for ENERGY STAR Certification

Sandeep and Carolyn Sood own several apartment buildings in Chicago, but the 55-unit building at 6731 S. Jeffery Boulevard is special. The building is one of the first in the country to receive the new ENERGY STAR® certification for multifamily buildings.

“For us, it’s an important designation. It shows people that want to live here that we care.…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on November 13, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

When windows aren't the culprit of a leaky building, solve the mystery with an energy audit.

Liz Vogel replaced the windows and updated the heating system in her small multifamily building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. But she still noticed that parts of her home were not staying warm in winter. So she set out to solve the mystery of the missing heat. She saw icicles hanging from her roof, and that was a clue that pointed to where heat was escaping. The presence of these “ice dams” meant that Liz was paying to heat her roof and melt the snow instead of heating her…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 11, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

After 70 years on the fence, knotty LED light fixtures hide the Ductless in splendor

After the first week, the ductless heat pump and I became so close that could never even think of her as ugly. But some folks don't like the look.

In an analogy to current medical practice, the mini-split heat pump is fabulous but the side effects are minimal for some people. In those cases, we have a cure for the side effect, the LED sandwich light that mesmerizes the eyes softly and makes heat ugly pumps disappear right before your very eyes.…


Added by Joseph Lamy on August 19, 2014 at 4:09pm — No Comments

'Oh Wow' Tech and Trends from Energy Efficiency Insiders at Washington, D.C. Gathering

Brainy light bulbs. Refrigerators that heat dishwasher water. Elevators that use no more energy than toasters. These are just a few of the “Oh Wow’ topics last week at the annual EE Global conference.

But it was growth in cities – and their buildings – that was clearly on the minds of industry leaders, 500 in total who gathered at the Washington, D.C. event, sponsored by the Alliance to Save Energy.

The US spends $432 billion per year on energy for buildings –…


Added by Elisa Wood on May 27, 2014 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Making Homes Cozier With a House Party

This week, Elevate Energy read two great accounts of how friends and neighbors came together to learn how to make their own homes cozier and more energy efficient. Thanks for sharing!

This homeowner wanted to improve her “leaky old ship” of a home and discovered an energy loss culprit.



Added by Melissa Ulbricht on May 15, 2014 at 8:32am — No Comments

Everyone Knows You Except for Your Electric Utility

Netflix, you were right. I liked Downton Abbey. And thanks, Amazon I do want to read Michael Lewis’ new book. I still can’t figure out how Google knows I have a new dog.

Even if at times it feels a bit eerie, such ‘consumer-of-one’ marketing is a convenience many of us have come to appreciate. And it’s an approach now embraced by most major retailers.

The exception? You’ve guessed it: the ever-old fashioned electric utility.



Added by Elisa Wood on May 10, 2014 at 1:19am — 3 Comments

Home Energy Efficiency Now Recognized by Appraisers

The Appraisal Institute has developed a Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum. The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum is the first residential energy efficiency appraisal report addendum developed by appraisers, for use by appraisers when appropriate. This report evaluates items of high performance housing for consideration by appraisers.

Measuring the Value of Home Energy Efficiency

The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum will serve as a tool for…


Added by Everblue Training on April 30, 2014 at 5:39am — No Comments

How to Help Appraisers Fairly Value Home Energy Efficiency Improvements

In 2013, we published a blueprint with the National Home Performance Council that outlines a seven-step…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on March 6, 2014 at 9:49am — 10 Comments

Claim Tax Credits for Home Energy Efficiency Improvements Done in 2013

If you completed certain eligible energy efficiency improvements last year, you may qualify for credit when you file your 2013 taxes this year.

Remember, though, improvements must have been installed in 2013, not just purchased, and generally, claims can only be made on your primary residence.

Eligible measures may include doors, windows, and…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on January 23, 2014 at 11:04am — No Comments

Important Tips to Reduce Electricity Cost

Electricity comes at a cost. There’s simply no getting around that problem (short of installing your own solar panels, of course). However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck with high power bills. There are several ways that you can reduce the amount of your electricity cost – and they don’t necessarily involve turning off your air conditioner in the middle of summer, either.  Here are some excellent ways to knock those costs down.


Get a Smart…


Added by David Adam on November 18, 2013 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Making the Invisible Visible: Valuing Energy Efficiency Improvements in a Real Estate Transaction

Often, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and environmental impact – are literally invisible during key steps of any home sale or refinance transaction.

One result is that energy…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on August 19, 2013 at 1:44pm — 3 Comments

Modernizing the Residential Utility Disclosure Ordinance in Chicago

Back in the ‘80s, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and others helped the City of Chicago pass a residential utility disclosure ordinance that required the disclosure of heating bills when residential properties are sold or leased in the city. Why? Heating expenses constitute a significant home expense, and it’s important for consumers and Realtors to have access to this information.

Until now, complying with the ordinance could take up to two weeks: a Realtor submitted an…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on July 9, 2013 at 1:23pm — 3 Comments

Public Art to Promote Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency can be a tough sell. Providing detailed information about financial savings and environmental benefits doesn’t always motivate conservation. So when rational arguments don’t work, how can we influence energy behavior? Perhaps by creating an emotional response with inclusive and engaging public art installations, such as the upcoming Northeast Green Light Project.…


Added by Anna Jursik on July 9, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Warnings About Portable Air Conditioners

Warnings About Portable Air Conditioners

Warning About Portable Air Conditioners

Here are some warnings about portable air conditioners to help you to be aware of their low energy efficiency rating when purchasing a new air conditioner. If you already have a portable air conditioner or if a portable air conditioners your only option to get some cooling,…


Added by Perry Ning on July 2, 2013 at 12:20pm — 8 Comments

Momentum builds for energy efficiency...but is the wolf at the door?

It says something that Ernest Moniz chose to deliver his first public talk as US energy secretary to an energy efficiency crowd.

His appearance last week at EE Global in Washington, D.C. was a surprise of sorts. And the timing was significant. Moniz had only been confirmed as energy secretary three hours before taking the podium at the Alliance to Save Energy’s annual conference.

Why did he make the stop?

Probably not because of the size of the crowd. About 550 people…


Added by Elisa Wood on May 30, 2013 at 9:04am — 25 Comments

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