Matthew Gee is a co-founder of Chicago startup Effortless Energy, where his business card reads “Chief Nerd.” They think they have an answer for the question that dogs every energy saver who sings the praises of efficiency: If it’s so good, why isn’t everyone doing it?
A new report calls for reinvestment in Chicago's manufacturing base, the nation's second largest, which could be a windfall for sustainable transit and renewable energy in the metropolitan area — if the region invests in those ideas.
The brightly painted Avondale home of artists Marvin Tate and Lucy Mueller has a certain kind of warmth. A look through an infrared scanner, however, shows the building’s coziness belies its abysmal energy efficiency rating.
The old plastic and tape approach isn’t the only way to bring down energy costs. Over the last few years government agencies have been providing incentives to consumers willing to do energy upgrades on their homes.