- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. is donating 1,000 fans to agencies that serve low-income and elderly residents as summer temperatures begin rising.

The utility is planning to give some of the fans away Tuesday at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command in Oklahoma City. Agencies in at least 11 more cities across Oklahoma also will receive fans.

Officials say that although air conditioners are still the best way to prevent heat-related illnesses, having a fan allows residents to adjust their thermostats by a few degrees to conserve energy and save money. They also say using a fan will help improve air circulation.

The fan donation program is intended to help those who are particularly vulnerable to the summer heat.

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