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,…Continue
Added by Amber Vignieri on October 28, 2016 at 8:19am — No Comments
When it comes to building green, new innovations are always on the horizon. The latest discovery on the list of potentially “planet-saving” findings comes in the form of CO2 reduction. Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have recently discovered a chemical reaction that turns CO2 into ethanol, which, according to…Continue
Added by Carlee Quintas on October 18, 2016 at 11:42am — No Comments
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 …Continue
Added by Amber Vignieri on October 14, 2016 at 9:39am — No Comments
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…Continue
Do you live in an older home? Many of us here at Indow do and so we appreciate the charm but also understand persistent challenges like energy loss. Fortunately, you make your home more comfortable when you take steps to save energy with things like air sealing gaps and cracks in your windows,…Continue
Solar energy is the direct answer for those people who are looking for another or an…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Amber Vignieri on September 9, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Build It Green (BIG) a research grant to overcome key challenges to developing zero net energy (ZNE) multifamily buildings. The goal of the CEC grant is to make ZNE construction technically and economically feasible and to accelerate ZNE’s adoption among multifamily developers.
BIG and its research partners will optimize approaches to designing and constructing multifamily buildings that produce as much energy as they consume—through…Continue
Added by Don Knapp on September 1, 2016 at 9:13am — No Comments
Below Ground Solar Pool Heating Systems: An in depth look into their effectiveness, installation & added benefits.
Gateway Canyons Resort, Colorado
Everyone knows that heating a pool can be a very expensive operation. That is why so many have moved towards sustainable technologies like solar energy. For most, when thinking of solar energy an image of large solar…Continue
Added by Max DesMarais on August 17, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
Alternative energy is a rage across the US, especially in the southern cities like Tampa and Miami, where hundreds and thousands of homeowners are making good use of the natural resource they receive in abundance as mother nature's gift – the sunlight. Walk the alleyways in residential neighborhoods in these cities, and the solar-roofed houses will keep on greeting you. If you happen to live in one of these sun-bathed cities, you must have…Continue
Added by Olivia Taylor on August 12, 2016 at 1:35am — No Comments
by Jacob Corvidae, Rocky Mountain Institute
What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and …Continue
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…Continue
EnergyLogic has teamed up with Owens Corning as a flagship sponsor of Game of Homes, EnergyLogic’s new, free training platform for home performance professionals. In case you haven't heard about it yet... pros involved in making homes more energy efficient, safe and healthy can play Game of Homes to earn CEUs, which they can apply toward…Continue
Added by Linda Lidov on August 4, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check out the Drying Potential.
Check this out! This 24" x 48" x 2" thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the many …Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 26, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments
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.
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…Continue
It’s no surprise that household energy expenditures put a considerable burden on low- to middle-income families, and a study correlated this impact by measuring the correlation between income and morbidity due to extreme heat or cold.
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection published the results of the study that analyzed data between 2006 and 2010. The study analyzed morbidity rates due simply to extreme temperatures. They found that counties throughout the U.S. that…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Amber Vignieri on May 27, 2016 at 11:12am — No Comments
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A 15 year-old affordable housing development in downtown Ionia, Michigan won the 2015 Michigan Battle of the Buildings energy saving competition for apartments. Building upgrades and subsequent systems optimization to the 39-unit complex were completed in April 2015. Through March 2016, these upgrades have cut gas…Continue
Added by Amber Vignieri on April 29, 2016 at 8:37am — No Comments
Earth day is tomorrow, April 22nd. The American Business industry, and capitalism in general, has a long standing history of looking out for number one, with many businesses looking to stomp out competitors, disregarding their impact on the rest of the world. But you can be the exception! Not only will you be doing something good, but you’ll gain respect from potential customers for doing so. Here’s five ways to promote awareness…Continue