City Offering Energy Efficient AC For Low-Income Families

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COLUMBIA - A citywide program Friday will allow low-income families to trade their old, inefficient air conditioner window units for more energy efficient models.

The city's Air Conditioning Exchange program runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m on Business Loop 70 West across from Cosmo Park. Representatives from Columbia Water and Light are teaming with the Central Missouri Community Action to assist customers who make less than 200 percent of the poverty level. According to a city news release, the program will serve the elderly, parents with young children and persons with disabilities with first priority.

The program is indicative of a new wave in air conditioning models. An employee at Lowe's said his store only sells energy efficient units, and another employee at Downtown Appliance on Broadway said the new models have exploded during the last four or five years.