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Initiatives and Results

Savings for Seniors

Partner: Green Home Experts

Green Home Experts is testing an outreach strategy involving partnerships with senior care agencies to help income eligible senior customers lower their energy costs.

Retrofit Chicago Roadmapping 2.0

Partner: AECOM

Building on the 2012 Gateway Energy Roadmaps, AECOM is developing and testing an improved Energy Roadmap process to help customers save energy in commercial facilities.

Income Eligible Needs Assessment

Partner: Evergreen Economics

Evergreen Economics surveys and assesses income eligible residential customers with high energy use to identify customer needs and barriers to participation with the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program. 

Home Energy Monitor Disaggregation Tool

Partner: Bidgely

Bidgely tested their Home Energy Monitor system to see how it motivated behavioral change in residential customers.

Residential Real Estate Opportunities

Partners: Elevate Energy, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

This pilot trains real estate professionals in energy efficiency practices while studying the effectiveness of a residential energy scorecard. 

Healthy Homes

Partners: Elevate Energy, Presence Health Systems, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

This pilot is studying ways to better serve income eligible customers with asthma in multifamily buildings through the joint delivery of health and energy efficiency upgrades.

Energy Efficiency in Two-Unit Buildings

Partner: Elevate Energy

This market assessment of two-unit residential buildings is identifying new approaches to energy efficiency programs that help overcome the challenges of split incentives.

Energy Needs Assessment for Public Housing

Partner: SEDAC 

SEDAC seeks to identify barriers to engagement with the public housing authority and boost participation in energy efficiency programs. 

EcoAdvocates

Partners: Slipstream, Faith in Place

Slipstream and Faith in Place are partnering with community organizations to recruit and train residents to become trusted energy advisors in their neighborhoods.

VFDs for Refrigerator Condenser Fans

Partner: Slipstream

Slipstream studied the energy and performance impacts of adding variable frequency drives to refrigeration system condenser fans in supermarkets.

Breathe Easy

Partners: Elevate Energy, Illinois Institute of Technology

Initially funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this study investigates the health impacts of installing mechanical ventilation systems in the homes of income eligible customers.

BIT Building Neighborhood Project

Partners: Slipstream, Southface, Illinois Green Alliance, Environmental Defense Fund

Using the BIT Building standard as the basis of a workforce training program, the BIT Neighborhood project is increasing the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings in income eligible communities.

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