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Heat Advisory for Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana

IL, TN, IN, KT (AP) -- A heat advisory remains in effect until 7:00pm CDT Saturday.
Temperatures will continue their heat up through the 90s each afternoon over the next several afternoons as high pressure aloft builds into and across the nation's midsection.
These temperatures will combine with rather muggy conditions to produce afternoon heat index values from 100 to 105 several days in a row. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
Precautionary/preparedness actions: A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. Make sure outside pets have plenty of water.

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Keeping Cooling Costs Down

Updated: Wednesday, June 18 2014, 11:20 AM CDT
It's hot and your air conditioner running to keep you cool can cost big bucks.

To help keep those costs down CWLP offers some tips.

"Keep your temperature setting right around the 78 degree mark, that makes a big difference. Also, avoid heat producing products inside your home, like your oven, try not to run that during the day when it's really hot," said Gary Hurley with CWLP.

Typically electric bills are between $60 and $150 more during the summer months, and some families can't afford the added cost.

That's where the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) comes in to help.

It assists upwards of 400 families pay their bill during the summer.

"This summer in response to high utility bills and the availability of fund the state is offering through community action agencies a summer cooling program," said Sharmin Doering, Executive Director of the Community Resource Center.

That program is offered in Sangamon County through the Sangamon County Resource Center. It provides $150 straight to the electric company to help pay the bill.

It will start July 7th, and people who qualify will have to make an appointment as soon as possible because they fill up fast and there's a limited number of funds, and the program is intended for those most in need.

"The four categories include: households with children under age 6, households with senior members 60 and over, households with a member whose condition would be aggravated by extreme heat and they would have to present documentation to that effect," said Doering.

CWLP also offers rebates for those who swap out their old air conditioner for a more energy efficient model, which will also save you money in the long run.

For more information click on Web Watch at the top of our page. Keeping Cooling Costs Down

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