Cleco kicks off fan drive to help elderly

Fans help manage electricity use

PINEVILLE, La., May 23, 2012 – This week, Cleco kicks off its annual fan drive for the elderly.  Staying cool during the hot summer months can be a challenge for those on a fixed income. For the elderly, the heat can be deadly. Fans are a great way to help control electricity use and stay cool.

“Our employees are focused on helping our customers in need, and we are proud of their donations and efforts,” said Shirley Turner, general manager of customer experience. “Each year, we work to purchase fans for the elderly to use during the summer. So many times they are faced with limited funds.  Fans make the air feel cooler and allow homeowners to keep their thermostat at a setting that maximizes efficiency and comfort.”

Cleco will send collected fans to the councils on aging and other social service agencies in its service territory for distribution in late June. 
“Fans are not the only way to manage electricity use,” said Turner. “Closing blinds to block the sun, using heat-generating appliances like dryers late in the evening and cooking outside are just a few suggestions to keep homes cooler.”

For 12 consecutive years, Cleco has been holding its fan drive to help those in need. Each year, Cleco has delivered at least 1,000 fans to area agencies for distribution. 

Donors wishing to participate in the fan drive may drop off fans at any Cleco customer service office.
Cleco Corporation is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La.  Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 2,524 megawatts and serves approximately 281,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and 10 communities across Louisiana and Mississippi through wholesale power contracts.  Cleco also owns a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream Resources LLC, which owns two natural gas-fired generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 775 megawatts.  For more information about Cleco, visit


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