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Northeast Times | November 30, 2021

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TXU Energy’s Beat the Heat Program Provides Cool Relief for Tarrant County Residents

TXU Energy’s Beat the Heat Program Provides Cool Relief for Tarrant County Residents

With the hottest temperatures of the season searing North Texas, TXU Energy is partnering with Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County through a $5,000 donation to purchase box fans and window unit air conditioners to help at-risk Meals On Wheels clients stay cool and avoid heat-related emergencies.

“Our elderly clients are especially susceptible to heat-related illnesses,” said Carla Jutson, President and CEO of Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County. “These window-unit air conditioners are critically important to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for these frail individuals. Through their Beat the Heat program, TXU Energy has been a longtime partner in helping Meals On Wheels clients remain cool and comfortable during the hot summer months.”

Tarrant County residents and Meals On Wheels donors are invited to join the TXU Energy Beat the Heat effort and drop off a new window-unit air conditioner or box fan at the Meals On Wheels headquarters (5740 Airport Fwy, Haltom City, TX 76117) or make an online donation at https://mealsonwheels.org/clientassist.

“Our TXU Energy Beat the Heat program has reached thousands of Texans over the years, providing much-needed box fans and air conditioning units, along with best practices and tips on how to avoid heat-related emergencies and reduce their energy consumption,” said Caroline Atkins, TXU Energy community affairs manager. “In North Texas, we’re experiencing extreme heat and multiple days of triple-digit heat index values, which means heat safety awareness is crucial – especially for those most at risk, including elderly and homebound residents.”

To stay cool this summer, TXU Energy offers a number of tips, including:

· Don’t turn off your air conditioner. Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher.

· Use ceiling fans to spread cool air more evenly throughout the room.

· Drink one glass of cool water for every 20 minutes of heat exposure.

· Avoid eating hot foods and heavy meals.

· Wear loose, light-colored absorbent cotton clothing and a wide-brimmed hat while outside.

· Take cool showers and baths.

· Limit exercise or strenuous physical activity too early morning or late evening.

· Keep blinds or draperies closed on sunny days to help keep heat out.

About Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County

Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization that has
provided home-delivered meals, professional case management, social interaction, and other needed items or services to homebound, elderly and disabled residents throughout Tarrant County since it was established in 1973. Its mission is to promote the dignity and independence of older adults, persons with disabilities, and other homebound persons by delivering nutritious meals and providing or coordinating needed services. Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County delivers approximately 1 million meals per year. Visit www.mealsonwheels.org.