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Cleco kicks off 19th Annual Fan Drive

May 20, 2019

PINEVILLE, La. – (NOTE:  The 2019 Fan Drive has concluded.)  With summer approaching, Cleco is partnering with councils on aging and other agencies by collecting and donating fans to help senior citizens stay cool this summer and reduce their energy usage.

“This is the 19th year for Cleco’s Fan Drive, and each year it serves as a reminder to educate our customers on how they can stay cool and conserve energy during the summer months,” said Shirley Turner, Cleco vice president of customer experience.  “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.  You can save three to five percent on your air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat.

  • Use heat generating appliances such as dryers and ovens at night when temperatures are a bit cooler outside.

  • Seal holes and cracks around your windows.

  • Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day.

“While Cleco offers programs to help all of our customers lower their electricity usage year round, our elderly customers are more vulnerable especially during the summer months.” said Turner.  “The Centers for Disease Control reports that during periods of extreme heat, everyone is at risk, but the elderly are more prone to heat-related illness and deaths because of their age and inability to adapt to the heat.”   

To donate a fan to the Fan Drive, visit any Cleco customer service office between May 20 and May 31.  Hours and locations can be found at

Senior citizens interested in receiving a fan should contact a participating agency before June 15, 2019

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