For the 20th year, Cleco partnered with Councils on Aging and other agencies in the company’s service territory to host its Annual Fan Drive for the elderly while following new protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic from June 22 through July 23.
“Our seniors benefit during the hot summers months from Cleco’s fan drive,” said Ron Smith, director of customer experience. “Instead of postponing or canceling due to the pandemic, we are working with our partner agencies to continue providing this assistance but with new safety protocols. Fans and monetary donations will be accepted by the Councils on Aging offices only, and those wishing to contribute should schedule an appointment in advance.”
The agencies distributed fans to the elderly by appointment only starting July 6. To request a fan, seniors were to contact the agency in their area and make an appointment. To receive a fan, seniors must be a Cleco customer and 60-years of age or older.
“Our senior citizens are more vulnerable, especially during the summer months,” said Smith. “Air conditioners are typically the largest energy users in a home, and raising the thermostat to 78 degrees and using a fan can help the air temperature feel 10 degrees cooler and help reduce energy usage.”
In addition to adjusting thermostats, Cleco recommends the following tips to help lower energy usage:
- Install a programmable thermostat and raise the setting to the highest comfortable temperature. Customers can save three to five percent on air conditioning costs for each degree raised on a thermostat.
- Use heat generating appliances such as dryers and ovens at night when temperatures are cooler outside.
- Seal holes and cracks around windows.
- Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day.