PINEVILLE, La. – 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.”
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 cleco.com.
Senior citizens interested in receiving a fan should contact a participating agency.
- 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
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.”