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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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