How to stay cool on a budget this week

HANNIBAL (WFEM) – The Tri-States are heating up, and it will only get hotter.

To stay cool on a budget, Lowe’s Deputy Director of Operations Misty Long suggests using ceiling fans in high traffic areas, cleaning and replacing air filters and coils, and ‘insulate your ceiling.

Her number one money-saving tip is to use Energy Star products, but a quick fix you can do right now is on your windows.

“In a quick way you can most definitely get through your house and anywhere you have drafty windows, where heat gets in, you can use gaskets around them to keep the air out. to enter, ”Long said. “The fans are going to be the most important.”

Long said she enjoys helping people save money on their energy bills, but that she cares about one thing the most.

“Just staying cool and safe more than anything, I mean that’s kind of where we are in life, so stay safe. “

If you are looking to protect yourself from the sun and enjoy fresh air with your air conditioner but cannot pay the bills, there are energy assistance programs.

Currently, the Northeast Community Action Corporation (NECAC) offers a Summer Energy Crisis Response Program (ECIP) that helps manage shutdown notices.

Marion County Services Coordinator Gwen Koch said NECAC still had a considerable amount of money for its summer ECIP program.

“People should definitely take advantage, bring their utility bills, especially right now as the heat is on us and the electricity is running the air conditioners and the heat is going up,” Koch said.

“You have to come in and accept the help while we have it.”

If you are interested in NECAC’s energy assistance program, you can bring your electrical disconnection bill to their office at 3518 Palmyra Road in Hannibal.

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