Cleco is asking for donations for their 20th annual Fan Drive for the elderly.
The company is partnering with Louisiana Councils on Aging and other agencies to provide fans to seniors during the summer months.
This year, new protocols are in place for donating fans and money for the drive due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Instead of postponing or canceling due to the pandemic, we are working with our partner agencies to continue providing this assistance but with new safety protocols. Fans and monetary donations will be accepted by the Councils on Aging offices only, and those wishing to contribute should schedule an appointment in advance," said Ron Smith, director of customer experience.
Cleco says that participating agencies will not be open to the public but will accept donations by appointment beginning June 22 through July 3.
To donate a fan or money, contact one of the participating agencies below.
- Acadia Council on Aging 337-788-1400
- Allen Council on Aging 318-335-3195
- Avoyelles Council on Aging 318-253-9771
- Beauregard Council on Aging 337-463-9694
- Calcasieu Council on Aging 337-474-2583
- Campti Seniors Group 318-527-1715
- DeSoto Council on Aging 318-872-3700
- Eunice Food Bank 337-457-7541
- Evangeline Council on Aging 337-363-5161
- Grant Council on Aging 318-627-5757
- Iberia Council on Aging 337-367-1556
- Natchitoches Council on Aging 318-357-3250
- Rapides Council on Aging 318-445-7985
- Rapides Senior Citizens Services 318-487-1561
- Red River Council on Aging 318-932-5721
- Sabine Council on Aging 318-256-4140
- St. Landry Council on Aging 337-942-1938
- St. Martin Council on Aging 337-332-3063
- St. Mary Council on Aging 337-907-6310
- St. Tammany Council on Aging 985-892-0377
- Vernon Council on Aging 337-239-4361
- Washington Council on Aging 985-732-6868
The agencies will distribute fans to the elderly by appointment beginning July 6.
To request a fan, seniors are asked to contact the agency in their area and make an appointment.
Cleco says that seniors must be a Cleco customer and 60-years of age or older to receive a fan.
“Our senior citizens are more vulnerable, especially during the summer months,” said Smith. “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. Customers can save three to five percent on air conditioning costs for each degree raised on a thermostat.
- Use heat generating appliances such as dryers and ovens at night when temperatures are cooler outside.
- Seal holes and cracks around windows.
- Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day.
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