During a week with record-setting high temperatures, Ameren Illinois donated 500 window air conditioners to nine energy assistance agencies across its service territory. Each agency, which assists low-income families, veterans and the elderly, will distribute the units to qualifying individuals who meet Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) guidelines.
"The safety of our customers is important to Ameren Illinois," said Richard J. Mark, President of Ameren Illinois. "We feel that it is especially important to help individuals and families who are most at risk for exposure to extreme summer temperatures."
Ameren Illinois partnered with the following agencies across its service territory:
Ameren Illinois is making the donation through its Ameren Cares program, an initiative that connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. Since the inception of Ameren Cares in 2013, Ameren Illinois has donated 1,700 air conditioner units to low-income customers.
The air conditioners are ENERGY STAR® rated units that meet the strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. Each ENERGY STAR® room air conditioner uses 10 percent less energy and, on average, costs less than $70 per year to run.
About Ameren Illinois
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers throughout central and southern Illinois. Our service territory covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles and our mission is to power the quality of life. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com. Follow us on Twitter @AmerenIllinois and Facebook.
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