Ameren gives tips to elderly on how to reduce energy bills

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PEORIA, Ill. — In honor of Senior Citizens Week, more than 100 seniors gathered at Fon du Lac Park District in East Peoria on Thursday to learn some tips and tricks on how to reduce their energy bills.

This is the second year Ameren Illinois has hosted the event. Seniors got tips on how to save energy, how they can lower their utility bill, and learned about being aware of scammers. They also learned how much they can save by switching to L-E-D lights.

“A lot of seniors want to possibly hold onto their old 60 watt incandescent light bulb that Thomas Edison invented 140 years ago but L-E-D’s use 85% less energy and they last 25 times longer,” said Ameren communications Advisor Kenny Blum.

Seniors are often the prime targets of scammers that will ask them to pay a bill over the phone via pre-paid visa gift card. Ameren says its representatives will never make outbound calls demanding money
and the company says it’s now warning more than just seniors.

“Elderly seemed to have been the most over the years, now they’re targeting businesses, schools it doesn’t matter anymore they’re targeting them all,” said Blum.

Participants also enjoyed complementary food provided by the Tazewell County resource center and a live music performance by the Central Illinois Banjo Club.

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