Cleco kicks off Fan Drive in Red River


The weather is warming up and air conditioners are beginning to work overtime. To help stay cool this summer, Cleco is partnering with councils on aging and other agencies to donate fans to elderly across Louisiana.

Tripp Dungan, Cleco principal governmental services representative, recently dropped of fans to Liz Cannon, Executive Director of the Red River Parish COA and Mary Jones, Board of Directors member.

Cleco vice president of customer experience, Shirley Turner said, “Air conditioners are typically the largest energy users in a home. Raising the thermostat to 78 degrees and using a fan can help the air temperature feel 10 degrees cooler and help reduce energy bills.”

In addition to adjusting thermostats for energy efficiency, Cleco recommends the following tips to help lower electric bills:
Turn off fans when you leave a room.
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.
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
Those wishing to donate a new fan can drop it off at the Council on Aging on Front Street. For energy conservation tips, visit or follow Cleco’s official Facebook page at

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