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Cold Weather Could Spell Bad News for Older Residents in Illinois
Date:12/10/2008

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AARP recently launched Operation Energy Save, a new initiative to encourage residents to conserve energy by making small changes around the house to reduce costs. Operation Energy Save features easy-to-use checklists, instructional guides and simple tips to help residents save on energy expenses. The free resource is available at

http://www.AARP.org/CreateTheGood.

Older Illinoisans on fixed incomes tend to be hit especially hard by increases to home heating costs -- while they use about the same amount of energy as younger people, they spend twice as much to heat their homes. One out of every four low-income older persons spends 19% or more of their total income on home energy bills. A recent, nationwide AARP survey found that 22 percent of Americans are worried about being able to afford their home energy costs this winter.

To help with soaring home heating costs, eligible low-income residents, especially the elderly, can enroll in Illinois' Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP provides a one-time benefit to eligible households for energy bills on a first come, first serve basis. To learn more, call 1-877-411-WARM (9276) or visit www.liheapillinois.com.


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