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DE gives free AC units to senior citizens

09/04/13

DE service techs pictured with some of the seniors who received the donated AC units along with Jeanette Sooley, Coordinator Regulatory Affairs for DE, and William Fortner, General Manager of One Hour in Houston.


With temperatures soaring in Houston, the donated AC units provided welcome relief for 30 seniors. 

Our One Hour Heating and Air location in Houston worked with the DE corporate office last week to install the portable units in the apartments of 30 under privileged seniors. The local T.V. news station covered the event:

Direct Energy gives out A/C units to senior citizens

by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News

HOUSTON -- A fan is no longer the only source of relief for Antonieta Nuncio. She was one of 30 Ripley House senior citizens receiving a free portable A/C unit courtesy of Direct Energy.

One Hour Air Conditioning handled the installation.

"It's hot here," said William Fortner, general manager of One Hour Air Conditioning. "Certainly, I wouldn't go without air conditioning and I'm just happy that we can help just a few people."

Nuncio's concerned and curious neighbors were glad to hear about her new air conditioner.

“It's going to be wonderful for her," said Rebecca Leija. "I just put a new unit in my house a couple of months ago and it makes a difference.”

Each job, unit and installation, costs about $1,000.

"Well, I don’t have the money," Nuncio said.

Daniel Rangel, 82, is a widower and Korean War vet. His new portable unit will add a little more to his electric bill, but it will save him money on his water bill.

"I got a fan and I take a bath about two times [each evening]," Rangel said.

He also said that with the new unit he’ll “be sleeping like a baby probably."

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