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Cleco donates 440 fans to help the elderly stay cool and save money

Jun 1, 2017

Pineville, La. – The dog days of summer are here, and air conditioners are working overtime.  To help stay cool this summer, Cleco partnered with councils on aging and other agencies to donate 440 fans to the elderly across Louisiana.

“The importance of the Cleco Fan Drive is two-fold,” said Shirley Turner, vice president of customer experience.  “Because air conditioners are typically the largest energy users in a home, raising the thermostat and using a fan can help the air temperature feel 10 degrees cooler and reduce energy bills.”

In addition to adjusting thermostats for energy efficiency, Cleco recommends the following tips to help lower electric bills. 

  • Install a programmable thermostat and raise the setting to the highest comfortable temperature.  You can save three to five percent on your air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat.

  • Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows. 

  • Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day

  • Use heat generating appliances, such as clothes dryers or the oven, in the evening when temperatures are cooler

  • Clean or change air filters regularly.

  • Take advantage of Cleco’s Energy Depot which helps you analyze your home energy use and generates customized energy saving tips.  To access the Energy Depot, visit

“For 17 years, the annual Cleco Fan Drive has raised funds and collected fans to donate across our service territory,” said Jennifer Cahill, manager of public relations.   “Through the generosity of Cleco employees, customers and communities, we were able to give nearly 450 fans to the 22 participating agencies across the state.”

The agencies to receive fan donations include:

Acadia Council on Aging

Natchitoches Council on Aging

Allen Council on Aging

Rapides Council on Aging

Avoyelles Council on Aging

Rapides Senior Citizens Services

Beauregard Council on Aging

Red River Council on Aging

Calcasieu Council on Aging

Sabine Council on Aging

Campti Seniors Group

St. Martin Council on Aging

DeSoto Council on Aging

St. Landry Council on Aging

Eunice Food Bank

St. Mary Council on Aging

Evangeline Council on Aging

St. Tammany Council on Aging

Grant Council on Aging

Vernon Council on Aging

Iberia Council on Aging

Washington Council on Aging


Senior citizens living in the Cleco service territory should contact a participating agency to request a fan.