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Cleco wraps up another successful fan drive

Jun 15, 2012

PINEVILLE,  La. –  Cleco’s annual fan drive will help some elderly customers stay cooler this  summer thanks to 1,150 fans recently delivered to local Councils on Aging.

Each year, Cleco employees contribute funds and  raise money to purchase fans. Now in its 12th year, Cleco’s fan  drive provides fans to a total of 19 Councils on Aging in the parishes served  by Cleco.

“Our  employees are committed to this effort,” said Keith Crump, senior vice  president of commercial operations. “We  understand summer can be extra tough for our elderly customers, and we want to  do what we can to help them.

“We know many of our elderly customers live on fixed  incomes. Use of fans can make the air feel 10 degrees cooler and cost a  fraction of what an air conditioner costs to run. And for customers who don’t  have air conditioning, a fan is essential in the summer heat.”

All  customers can help use energy more efficiently during the hot summer months by  following some simple tips.

  • Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher if comfort allows.

  • Make sure drapes, plants and furniture do not block registers for supply or return air.

  • Don’t run heat-producing appliances during the heat of the day.

  • Close shades and drapes during the day to keep out the sun’s heat.

  • Don’t place freezers or refrigerators in unairconditioned areas such as garages or carports.

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Senior  citizens in need of a fan can contact one of the following Councils on Aging:
  Acadia Council on Aging in Crowley
  Allen Council on Aging in Oakdale
  Avoyelles Council on Aging in Marksville
  Beauregard Council on Aging in DeRidder
  Calcasieu Council on Aging in DeQuincy
  DeSoto Council on Aging in Mansfield
  Evangeline Council on Aging in Ville Platte
  Grant Council on Aging in Colfax
  Iberia Council on Aging in New Iberia
  Natchitoches Council on Aging in Natchitoches
  Rapides Council on Aging in Alexandria
  Rapides Senior Center in Pineville
  Red River Council on Aging in Coushatta
  Sabine Council on Aging in Many
  St. Landry Council on Aging in Opelousas
  St. Martin Council on Aging in Breaux Bridge
  St. Mary Council on Aging in Franklin
  St. Tammany Council on Aging in Covington
  Vernon Council on Aging in Leesville