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Cleco kicks off 18th Annual Fan Drive

May 18, 2018

PINEVILLE, La. – The weather is warming up and air conditioners are beginning to work overtime.  To help stay cool this summer, Cleco is partnering with councils on aging and other agencies to donate fans to elderly across Louisiana.

“Air conditioners are typically the largest energy users in a home,” said Shirley Turner, Cleco vice president of customer experience.  “Raising the thermostat to 78 degrees and using a fan can help the air temperature feel 10 degrees cooler and help reduce energy bills.”

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

  • Turn off fans when you leave a room.

  • 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

Those wishing to donate a new fan can drop it off at any Cleco customer service office between May 21 and 25. 

Cleco customers can click here to learn more about the energy efficiency program and financial incentives or by calling 1-833-373-6842.

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