JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (June 14, 2023) – Ameren Missouri has donated 100 Energy Star rated window air conditioners to the Samaritan Center in Jefferson City. On average, energy-efficient air conditioners cost less than a dollar a day to operate and can be lifesaving in extreme heat.
This year's air conditioner donation marks the 23rd anniversary of Cooldownmissouri.org’s “Save our Seniors” (S.O.S) Cooling Summer Project. It is Ameren Missouri’s 18th year of participation in the program. Since then, Ameren Missouri has helped deliver nearly 10,000 window air conditioner units to qualified seniors and people with disabilities across the region.
"We highly encourage our customers to run their air conditioners this summer," said Mitch Ditter, senior manager of Ameren Missouri’s central Missouri division. "The few dollars it takes to run an air conditioner doesn’t compare to the value of protecting your health and being safe."
"Thanks to this generous donation from Ameren Missouri, we are now able to distribute 100 more air conditioners to the individuals and families most in need throughout our community this summer," said Ben DeFeo, operations manager of the Samaritan Center.
Older adults and people with disabilities as well as low- to moderate-income families are encouraged to apply for energy assistance funds by visiting Cooldownmissouri.org or by calling 314.241.0001 or 314.834.0034, which are their hotlines for seniors and people with disabilities only.
Other Ameren Missouri resources are available for seniors and those with medical concerns. Customers and their families are encouraged to visit AmerenMissouri.com/HealthAndSafety for information on:
Energy assistance is also available to Ameren Missouri customers who need help paying their bills. Visit AmerenMissouri.com/EnergyAssistance to learn about various support options, including:
Cooldownstlouis.org is a bistate nonprofit dedicated to providing education and resources to help the most vulnerable citizens, especially seniors, low-income families and the physically disabled. The organization works with more than 34 agencies to make sure utility bills are paid and the community's most vulnerable citizens have access to the energy-efficient air conditioners they need to stay safe.
About Ameren Missouri
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 132,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.