Councils on Aging to accept fans and monetary donations by appointment only

PINEVILLE, La. – June 22, 2020 – For the 20th year, Cleco is partnering with Councils on Aging and other agencies in the company’s service territory to host its Annual Fan Drive for the elderly while following new protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our seniors benefit during the hot summers months from Cleco’s fan drive,” said Ron Smith, director of customer experience.  “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.”

The participating agencies are not 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 Aging337-788-1400Natchitoches Council on Aging318-357-3250
Allen Council on Aging318-335-3195Rapides Council on Aging318-445-7985
Avoyelles Council on Aging318-253-9771Rapides Senior Citizens Services318-487-1561
Beauregard Council on Aging337-463-9694Red River Council on Aging318-932-5721
Calcasieu Council on Aging337-474-2583Sabine Council on Aging318-256-4140
Campti Seniors Group318-527-1715St. Landry Council on Aging337-942-1938
DeSoto Council on Aging318-872-3700St. Martin Council on Aging  337-332-3063
Eunice Food Bank337-457-7541St. Mary Council on Aging337-907-6310
Evangeline Council on Aging337-363-5161St. Tammany Council on Aging985-892-0377
Grant Council on Aging318-627-5757Vernon Council on Aging337-239-4361
Iberia Council on Aging337-367-1556Washington Council on Aging985-732-6868

The agencies will begin distributing fans to the elderly by appointment only starting July 6.  To request a fan, seniors should contact the agency in their area and make an appointment.  To receive a fan, seniors must be a Cleco customer and 60-years of age or older.

“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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Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC is a regional energy holding company that conducts its business operations through its subsidiaries, Cleco Power LLC and Cleco Cajun LLC. Cleco Power is a regulated electric public utility company that owns 10 generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,360 MWs and serves approximately 288,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.  Cleco Cajun is an unregulated utility company that owns eight generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,555 MWs, with contracts serving nine Louisiana cooperatives, three wholesale municipal customers and one electric utility.  For more information about Cleco, visit us at