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Free Air Conditioner Programs – But Act Fast

Free Air Conditioner ProgramsA number of federal, state, local and non-profit organizations are giving away free air conditioners to those that qualify. However, the time to act is now as units are often given away on a first come, first serve basis. Plus, the program needs to work with area contractors and recipients to schedule installations of the units before hot weather hits.

Those who might qualify include: people over 60, suffer from certain medical conditions, have young children under the age of four at home, disabled, and meet certain income guidelines. Those who have Continue reading

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Veterans eat free on Veterans Day 2014 at these restaurants

Thank You Veterans Many local and national chain restaurants are thanking veterans and active duty military personnel by giving discounts or offering free meals to them on Veterans Day Tuesday, Nov. 11.

RestaurantNews.com has a list of restaurants offering veterans discounts as does Military.com. The offers range from a free beverage with a purchase, to a whole free meal including a discount for family and friends.

To receive your discount or free meal be sure to offer some proof of military service (like a valid Military I.D. or a VA Universal Access Card).

Many of the offers are:

  • dine-in only
  • do not include alcohol
  • cannot be used with other coupons or discounts
  • do not include gratuity

Also, if the restaurant is part of a chain, not all locations might participate in the offer, so be sure to phone and check ahead.

Free entrance into museums nation-wide Saturday, Sept. 27

Enjoy free entrance for you and one guest at a participating art, history or natural sciences museum during National Museum Day Saturday, Sept. 27.

little boy looking at museum dinosaur skull

Fill out the online form at smithsonianmag.com and download and print out your tickets. The Museum Day Live! ticket is only good for two people per household, per address.

Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in National Museum Day. To find a participating museum near you, use the search page on the Museum Day Live! website:  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/

States and utilities offer free air conditioners to those in need

With summer fast approaching, those who are elderly, disabled or have health issues can be severely negatively affected by the heat. Programs run by states, charities and utilities often offer free air conditioners for those who qualify, but it is important to apply early as funds and AC units are often limited.

Window air conditioner

Programs run by states, charities and utilities often offer free air conditioners for those who qualify, but it is important to apply early as funds and AC units are often limited.

New York State will offer free window air conditioners to low-income residents with heat-related health issues beginning May 1 part of the Cooling Assistance Component of the New York Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

In June 2013, Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) partnered with the Neighborhood Christian Center to give free air conditioning units to low-income seniors and disabled residents part of the “Play It Cool” program.

The Houston Department of Health and Human Services and Reliant Energy also distributed 100 portable air conditioners to Houston seniors and the disabled in need of relief from the heat in June 2013.

If you are a senior or know someone that would benefit from a free air conditioner, you can always contact these organizations to inquire if a similar program will be offered this year. Usually to qualify, applicants must meet age, income or health-related guidelines.

For the New York State program, applicants must meet income-guidelines and have a household member whose medical condition is impacted by extreme heat, along with documentation from a health care provider. AC units will be available on a first come, first serve basis May 1 – August 29 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

When calling for information, be sure to also inquire whether the unit will be installed or if someone needs to pick up the unit from a location. The program in NY offers installation of the unit by a participating Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) vendor, but residents will be responsible for the maintenance, care, removal and storage of the unit after installation.

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