Fans are in High Demand

There are short ones, wide ones, tall ones and small ones. Fans are as popular now as they've ever been and they cost less than have in years.

Walmart Co-Manager Brian Whited said, "We have our box fan, which is a very good seller, and a lot of times the most popular fan is the ones that oscillate; that drive air throughout the room."

With AC thefts on the rise during the summer months, many residents are turning to fans to cool off. Gloria Berry of Lufkin has at least three but still turns up the air conditioning when the heat gets unbearable. She said buying more than one fan is still cheaper than blasting the AC.

"We don't have an AC in every room, but the rooms that we do have them in, they do burn a lot of energy," Berry said. "When we cook, we have to use it a little bit more because it gets hot in the house. It is very expensive, so we try to cut down on that bill by using some fans."

Using fans will save you money on your monthly electric bill, even if you do lower the temperature on your AC several degrees to cut costs.

Whited said, "I think that people use fans to help circulate the air around the house. They don't set the air conditioners as low as you might think to help save with the electric bills, they rely on fans to help circulate the air."

A community-wide fan drive is underway in East Texas. Radio stations KSWP and KAVZ are collecting fans until Tuesday. If you'd like to help out, you can drop off your fan donation at the Walmart Supercenter in Lufkin or Nacogdoches, the KSWP/KAVZ studios or either of the Community Action Centers in East Texas.