The village board finalized changes Monday that will make it a little cooler in Oak Park apartments this coming winter.

The ordinance change will drop the minimum required temperature in multi-family homes from 70 degrees down to 68 during the daytime (6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.). The proposed change, unanimously approved by the village board, will also shorten Oak Park’s “heating season” by about 15 days, so landlords are only now required to provide heat from Sept. 15 to June 1.

The required temperature at night (11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.) will stay the same, at 65 degrees during the heating season. Officials say the shift will help Oak Park match up with the requirements of other communities, and save building owners some money on heating costs.

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