To help stay cool this summer and reduce energy usage, Cleco partnered with councils on aging and other agencies to donate over 200 fans to the elderly across Louisiana.
Shirley Turner, Cleco vice president of customer experience, said fans can make a big difference during hot, summer months and significantly lower home energy usage.
“We recommend setting the thermostat at 78 degrees to keep electric bills manageable along with using a fan which makes the air feel 10 degrees cooler,” said Turner. “Doing these things will keep the temperaturecomfortable while saving energy.”
According to Turner, air conditioners are typically the largest energy users in a home. In addition to adjusting thermostats for energy efficiency, Cleco recommends the following tips to help lower electric bills:
Take advantage of the Bill Analysis and Saving Tips features on Cleco’s Energy Efficiency Program page atwww.cleco.com/energy-efficiency-programs
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
Clean or change air filters regularly
The agencies that received fan donations include:
Acadia Council on Aging
Allen Council on Aging
Avoyelles Council on Aging
Beauregard Council on Aging
Calcasieu Council on Aging
Campti Seniors Group
DeSoto Council on Aging
Eunice Food Bank
Evangeline Council on Aging
Grant Council on Aging
Iberia Council on Aging
Natchitoches Council on Aging
Rapides Council on Aging
Rapides Senior Citizens Services
Red River Council on Aging
Sabine Council on Aging
St. Martin Council on Aging
St. Landry Council on Aging
St. Mary Council on Aging
St. Tammany Council on Aging
Vernon Council on Aging
Washington Council on Aging
Pictured above are Tripp Dungan, Cleco principal governmental services representative, and Campti Mayor Roland Smith.