BRIGHT SIDE: Ameren donates free air conditioners for low-income households

By Beau Ebenezer

June 6, 2014 Updated Jun 6, 2014 at 6:48 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- With the "dog days" of summer right around the corner, many residents are still without air conditioning.

But thanks to a local energy company, many will have a chance to beat the heat for free.

Ameren Illinois is donating 50 free air conditioners to it's Peoria customers.

The units were handed off to the Peoria Citizens Committee of Economic Opportunity Friday afternoon.

The organization will distribute the units to qualifying low-income residents next week.

"We know how hot and humid it can get in Illinois," said Ameren Illinois President and CEO, Richard Mark. "Many of our most vulnerable customers do not have an air conditioner. The effects of the heat and humidity often result in customers like that ending up in the hospital."

400 total units will be donated throughout the state.

That's 100 more than last year's donation.

Starting Monday, qualifying Ameren customers can call the PCCEO at 309-671-3900.

The units are first-come, first-serve.

Visit www.pcceo.org for more information and to see if you qualify.

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