Air conditioner exchange program offers low income residents a way to stay cool

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | 7:56 p.m. CDT; updated 8:36 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 1, 2010

COLUMBIA — Columbia Water and Light is offering low-income residents a chance to exchange broken or inefficient window-mounted air conditioners for energy-efficient models, according to a news release. The Air Conditioner Exchange program will take place Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Central Missouri Community Action, 610 Vandiver Drive.

Applicants must be current customers of the utility, and must have an annual income less than 200 percent of the poverty level. The Department of Health and Human Services puts the poverty level for an individual at $10,830. For a family of four the poverty level is $22,050.

Because there are a limited number of units available, first priority for the program will be given to residents 65 years of age and older, people receiving income for a disability and people with children 5 years old or younger in the household.

Residents who are unable to bring in their old air conditioner units can call the Central Missouri Community Action at 573-443-8731 for further instructions.


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Lauretta Parker June 2, 2010 | 1:16 a.m.

I just have a question to ask. I'll be moving down to marshfeild,MO in a couple moths to be close to my family. My question is would my brother (if he falls in the income level) qualify for this program or is he in a different county???

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hazel williams June 2, 2010 | 8:26 a.m.

Good Morning,

Thank you for such a timely article. I would like to know, how was such a service as The Air Conditioner Exchange Program brought about? Bottom line, I would like to start this program in my own home town of Baltimore, Maryland? Who would be our equivelent of Columbia Water and Light?

Please respond back. Thank You.

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