200 A/C units available for Houston residents

Photo by Heather Grubola

August 6, 2011 3:33:59 PM PDT
Some of Houston's residents in need of relief from this summer's record-high temperatures will soon get help.

Mayor Annise Parker, in partnership with Reliant Energy and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, on Saturday presented the first of 200 air conditioners that will be available to eligible residents.

The first 100 window unit air conditioners were obtained by the city through special revenue funds dedicated to emergent circumstances.

Reliant Energy is matching the city's commitment with another 100 portable window units. Installation is being donated by The Carpenters Union, officials said.

In order to qualify for one of the A/C units, you must be a resident of Houston, age 62 or older and/or disabled.

Those who meet these criteria are urged to call the 2-1-1 United Way Helpline to be enrolled. Callers will be screened to meet eligibility requirements.

This offer is available only until the last of the 200 units is given away.

Reliant is also working with the Citizens' Assistance office to provide free home energy monitors to low-income customers with smart meters. The monitor will help customers better understand how they are using electricity and give them more control over their energy use and monthly bill. Customers who qualify can request a free monitor by calling 877-338-7206 or visiting www.reliant.com/freemonitor.

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