Keeping Cool Comes at a Cost for Salvation Army

By: Kim Eiten Email
By: Kim Eiten Email

Keeping cool is easier said than done this summer, and for those cranking up the air to get a break from the heat, it can come with a big price tag.

If you've been outside this week, you know what it's like.

"It's been pretty hot," Grand Island resident Jamie Krull said.

"It's too dang hot," Grand Island resident Tammi Fegter said.

And, beating that heat comes at a cost.

"It went from low bill to high bill," Fetger said.

Those over at the Salvation Army know that problem all too well.

"We're stretching everything as far as we possibly can," Captain Dave Mower of the Salvation Army said.

That's because keeping cool is even more expensive than usual.

"Last summer we started to incur some problems, and at the end of last summer the system went completely out," Mower said.

With no air conditioning, they tried to get by with fans, but Bower said it just didn't work.

"With the summer months upon us and the heat coming earlier than usual, we were faced with the decision to bring in some sort of system to help cool our space here," Bower said.

The back-up plan was a rental air unit with a big price tag.

It's a costly problem to have, one that will run the Salvation Army in the thousands this summer, which means stretching the budget elsewhere.

"It is a little bit more of a financial burden than we had anticipated," Bower said. "We do see it as a need. We see it as a service we're providing the community."

Grand Island is a community that's having a hard time riding out the heat wave.

Local heating and air conditioning experts say business has doubles this summer. They say their technicians are putting in up to 80 hours a week to get air conditioners back up and running.

But, Jamie Krull said even with his air conditioner doing just fine, he's ready for a cool down.

"I'll be kind of glad when cooler weather arrives," Krull said.

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