Air Conditioner Exchange program lets customers swap in old units

Thursday, June 9, 2011 | 5:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Low-income utility customers can exchange their older or broken window units for new energy-efficient window units.

Columbia Water and Light and Central Missouri Community Action have partnered to host the sixth annual Air Conditioner Exchange .

The exchange will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Central Missouri Community Action, 1604 Business Loop 70 W., Suite B.

Residential Services Supervisor Terry Freeman said Water and Light has about 70 air conditioning units available for exchange. Boone Electric Cooperative will also have a limited number of units for their customers who qualify. 

In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must be current utility customers and have an annual income of less than 200 percent of poverty-level income.

Central Missouri Community Action will be screening applicants at the exchange. Freemansaid applicants must provide proof of income and documentation, such as a utility bill, that says they are utility customers. Freeman said the screening process takes a few minutes.

Priority for the exchange program will be given to those 65 and older, those who receive income for a disability and those who have children ages 5 and younger living in their households.

Freeman said there is normally a crowd in the morning, so people should consider coming early. He also said any air conditioning units not exchanged on Friday will be stored at Central Missouri Community Action and will still be available for those who weren't able to come to the exchange.

Those unable to exchange their old units for new ones can contact the Central Missouri Community Action Boone County Family Resource Center at 443-1100.

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