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Energy Impact Illinois Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

The Energy Impact Illinois website is operated under the authority of Elevate Energy. Elevate Energy makes available for your use on this website located at www.energyimpactillinois.com (the “Site”) information, documents, software and products (collectively, the “Content”) and various services including, without limitation, contractors’ services (the “Services”) subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this document (the “Terms of Use”).  By accessing the Site, you agree to the Terms of Use.  Elevate Energy reserves the right to change the Terms of Use from time to time at its sole discretion.  Your use of the Site will be subject to the most current version of the Terms of Use posted on the Site at the time of such use.  There may be additional terms and conditions relating to your use of certain portions of the Site.  If you use these other portions of the Site, you will also be bound by those other terms and conditions.  If you breach any of the Terms of Use, your authorization to use this Site automatically terminates and you must immediately destroy any Content downloaded or printed from the Site.

Intellectual Property Rights
All copyrights, trademarks, service marks, logos and other intellectual property rights in the Site, any Content and any Services are owned by and shall at all times remain the property of Elevate Energy and/or third parties.  Except as otherwise expressly provided, Elevate Energy DOES NOT grant any express or implied right to you under any patent, copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right with respect to the Site, the Content or the Services.  You may only use such intellectual property as specifically authorized by these Terms of Use.  You grant Elevate Energy permission to use on the Site or in connection therewith all comments, graphics, ideas and other information you provide to Elevate Energy through the Site, email or other means.

Copies
Except as specifically authorized by these Terms of Use, no portion of the Content may be reproduced, displayed, distributed, stored or used in any form or by any means without Elevate Energy’s prior written consent.

Content; Limited License and Restrictions on Use
You may view, download and print the Content subject to the following conditions:
1. The Content may be used solely for your informational and internal purposes.
2. The Content may not be modified or altered in any way.
3. The Content may not be distributed, sold or repurposed.
4. You may not remove any copyright or other proprietary notices contained in the Content.
5. You agree to follow all applicable laws and regulations when using this Site.
6. You agree that you shall not disrupt, place unreasonable burdens or excessive loads on, interfere with, or attempt to gain unauthorized access to any portion of the Site, its computer systems, servers or networks.
7. Elevate Energy reserves the right to revoke your authorization to view, download and print any Content at any time, and you must discontinue any such use immediately upon written notice from Elevate Energy.
8. The rights granted to you in these Terms of Use constitute a revocable, nonexclusive, personal, non-transferable license and NOT a transfer of title.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, elements of the Site (including without limitation its design and layout) are protected by copyright, trade dress and other laws and may not be copied or imitated in whole or in part.

Disclaimer
Elevate Energy makes no guarantees or warranties as to the accuracy or completeness of information included in this Energy Impact Illinois website. Elevate Energy shall not be liable to any user or anyone else for any inaccuracy, error or omission, regardless of cause, in the Energy Impact Illinois website or for any damages resulting therefrom.

Please note that Energy Impact Illinois does not endorse any particular contractor, but maintains a directory of contractors who have applied and been authorized to participate in the program.  While the contractors in our directory have been screened and qualified to the best of our ability, you will be entering into a direct relationship with the contractor of your choice and it is important that you review its credentials, qualifications and references to make an informed decision.

As a visitor to our Site, you acknowledge and agree that any reliance on or use by you of any information available on this Site shall be entirely at your own risk. In no event shall Elevate Energy or any of its data providers be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential or exemplary damages arising from the use or the performance of this Site.

WARRANTIES AND DISCLAIMERS: THE SITE, ALL CONTENT AND ALL SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR ANY WARRANTY OF NON-INFRINGEMENT.  WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, ELEVATE ENERGY MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE SERVICES OR CONTENT WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE SERVICES OR CONTENT WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICES OR THE CONTENT WILL BE EFFECTIVE, ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES OR INFORMATION THAT YOU PURCHASE OR OBTAIN FROM THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, (v) DEFECTS IN THE CONTENT OR THE SITE WILL BE CORRECTED OR (vi) THE SITE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPUTER CODE.  TO THE EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE LIMITED TO 90 DAYS.  SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY MAY LAST, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

The downloading or other acquisition of any Content, Services or products through the Site is done at your own discretion and risk and with your agreement that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system, loss of data or other damage or loss that results from any such downloading or acquisitions.  No advice or information, whether oral or written, that you obtain from Elevate Energy or through or from the Site will create any warranty not expressly stated in these Terms of Use.

Third Party Links
The Site contains links to third-party Internet sites that are not under Elevate Energy's control.  Elevate Energy makes no representations whatsoever about any other website to which you may have access through the Site.  When you access a website other than the Site, either by entering a different URL address into your web browser, or by clicking on a link that directs you away from energyimpactillinois.org, you do so at your own risk. Elevate Energy is not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any information, data, opinion, software, advice, content or statements contained on these Internet site or the quality of any products or services available on these Internet sites.  Elevate Energy provides these links merely as a convenience and the inclusion of such links does not imply that Elevate Energy endorses, recommends or accepts any responsibility for the content or use of these Internet sites.

IN NO EVENT WILL ELEVATE ENERGY BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DAMAGES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE SITE OR ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SITE, THE CONTENT, THE SERVICES OR ANY INTERNET SITE REFERENCED OR LINKED TO FROM THE SITE (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER SIMILAR DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THOSE RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS), WHETHER OR NOT ELEVATE ENERGY COULD HAVE FORESEEN THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.  SOME JURISDICTIONS PROHIBIT THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.  NOTWITHSTANDING  THE FOREGOING, HOWEVER, IN NO EVENT WILL ELEVATE ENERGY’S LIABILITY FOR ALL LOSSES, DAMAGES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED $10.00.

Indemnification by User
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold Energy Impact Illinois, Elevate Energy, its affiliates, business partners, officers, directors, employees and agents harmless from any loss, liability, claim, demand, damage, or expense (including reasonable legal fees) asserted by any third party relating in any way to your use of this Site or breach of these Terms of Use. We reserve the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you, which shall not excuse your indemnity obligations.

General
If any provision of these Terms of Use is held invalid or unenforceable in any respect by any court having competent jurisdiction, such provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms of Use, and the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use shall continue in full force and effect. No waiver of any provision of these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such provision or any other provision of these Terms of Use.

Termination and Modification
Elevate Energy may modify or terminate the Site, any Content and any Services, including without limitation the prices and descriptions of any products or Services listed on the Site, at any time.  The Content or Services may be out of date, and Elevate Energy makes no commitment to update any Content or Services.  We reserve the right to terminate users’ access to the Site for any reason in our sole discretion without notice and liability, including, without limitation, if user violates these Terms of Use.

Notices
You may send notices to Elevate Energy at 322 S. Green St., Chicago, IL 60607.  Phone (773) 269-4037.  Any notice will be effective upon actual receipt by Elevate Energy.  Elevate Energy may send notices to you through e-mail, regular mail or a posting on the Site.  Any such notice will be effective upon actual receipt by you in the case of e-mail or regular mail or upon posting on the Site.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction
These terms and the interpretation of these terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its conflicts of laws principles and specifically will not be governed by the United Nations Conventions of Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, if otherwise applicable.  You agree that jurisdiction over and venue in any legal proceeding directly or indirectly arising out of or relating to the Site, the use of access thereof, or these terms must be in the State or Federal Courts located in Cook County, Illinois and you hereby consent and submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the courts located in Cook County, Illinois for any such legal proceeding.  Any cause of action or claim you may have with respect to any site must be commenced within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arises.

Privacy Policy

The Energy Impact Illinois website (“Website”) is operated under the authority of Elevate Energy. Elevate Energy recognizes its obligation to its customers, community and online visitors to adhere to the highest standards of decency, fairness and integrity in all its operations. Likewise, Elevate Energy is dedicated to the fundamentals of protecting consumer privacy on the Internet. To that end, we have created this Privacy Policy to help our Users (referred to individually, or collectively, as “you”) understand how we collect, hold and use personal information. This policy applies only to information gathered at energyimpactillinois.org and many not apply to personal information collected by Elevate Energy offline.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically
During a visit to the Website, certain information about the visit, called aggregate data, is collected and stored automatically. Like most standard web servers, our web server automatically tracks the following information about website visits:

• A user’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, operating system, browser type, domain and Internet Service Provider (ISP) when accessing the Website
• The date/time of a user’s visit to the Website and the pages that were viewed

Please note that this information does not identify you personally. We make no attempt to track individual users, nor do we link the aggregate data to any other database in order to identify individual users. Collection and analysis of this information simply helps us enhance site performance, improve informational materials available on the Website and improve overall usability for our visitors.

Use and Privacy of Information Submitted Voluntarily
We do not collect personally-identifiable information unless you choose to provide it to us. If you provide us with personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address, email, telephone number or home ownership information), for example by sending an e-mail, subscribing to one of our newsletters, or utilizing a widget located on the Website, we use that information only to respond to your message and to help us provide you with the information and services that you request. Submitting voluntary information constitutes your consent to the use of the information for the stated purpose.

We will not share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone without your advance permission or unless required by law enforcement action, subpoena, or local law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you emails based on your request for information.

Please note that personally-identifiable information that you submit to specific contractors through the Website may be subject to different data collection practices and is not covered by this Privacy Policy. While the contractors in our directory have been screened and qualified to the best of our ability, you will be entering into a direct relationship with the contractor of your choice. Elevate Energy cannot control the conduct of independent contractors, and shall not be responsible for any failure on the part of a contractor to comply with any privacy policy posted on its website, or any contractual or other legal obligation to which the operators of such website may be subject.

Email
In subscribing to our newsletter, you agree to receive emails with information on special deals, news, and events that will help you save money and reduce energy use. If you receive a mailing from us, your email address is listed as someone who has expressly shared this address for the purpose of receiving information in the future (“opt-in”). 

If at any time, you wish to change, correct, update or delete your personal information, you may do so by sending an email to Elevate Energy at info@energyimpactillinois.org. You may also unsubscribe from our mailing list by following the instructions at the end of any email.

If you have received unwanted, unsolicited email sent via this system or purporting to be sent via this system, please forward a copy of that email with your comments to info@energyimpactillinois.org for review.

Cookies
Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID that the site uses to recognize you. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can set your browser to block them in the future. When you enter personal information on the Website, your personally identifiable information will be linked to a cookie on your computer.

Links
Throughout the Website, we include links to information on third party websites that are beyond Elevate Energy’s control. We try our best to ensure that these links are safe, but the privacy and data collection practices on any linked websites are entirely separate from the Website and are not covered by this Privacy Policy. Elevate Energy does not endorse or otherwise accept responsibility for the content, actions or privacy policies of third party websites. When leaving the Website, we recommend that you review the applicable privacy policies and terms of use before providing personally identifiable information.

Children Under Thirteen (13) Years of Age
In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Elevate Energy will not knowingly collect or accept personally identifiable information from a child under the age of thirteen (13) without a parent or guardian’s prior consent. Elevate Energy will also allow the parent or guardian of a registered user under the age of thirteen (13) to review, update, change, delete or refuse to permit further collection of any and all information collected by the Website. A child’s personally identifiable information will be treated with the same care and respect as an adult’s information. To change, update, review, delete or refuse to permit further collection of your child’s information, please e-mail Elevate Energy at info@energyimpactillinois.org.

Updates and Changes to These Terms
The Website content and features may be updated, revised, modified and supplemented. Elevate Energy reserves the right to change the information, features, products, policies, promotions, disclosures and disclaimers at any time. Changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted on our website. Please check the policy periodically for changes. At the end of the policy we indicate the date of an update to the Privacy Policy. It is your obligation to review the Website periodically to review those changes. 

Questions
If you have any questions about Website's online privacy policies or procedures, or if you would like to remove your personal information from our database, please contact us by sending an email to ElevateEnergy at info@energyimpactillinois.org.

You may also send notices to Elevate Energy at 322 S. Green St., Chicago, IL 60607.  Phone (773) 269-4037.  Any notice will be effective upon actual receipt by Elevate Energy.  Elevate Energy may send notices to you through e-mail, regular mail or a posting on the Site.  Any such notice will be effective upon actual receipt by you in the case of e-mail or regular mail or upon posting on the Site.

This Privacy Policy has been updated as of November 12, 2014.