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Florida landscaping: Free resources to enhance your yard

Plenty of useful free information is readily available for South Florida residents who want tips on selecting the perfect plants for their yards.  Local landscaping experts in Miami-Dade, Broward & greater Palm Beach offer free information. They are available via phone and email. Lots of useful information is online for free. Master gardeners in Dade, …

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Get two free trees as part of Miami-Dade giveaway

Who wants a free tree? Miami-Dade County is once again offering the freebies as part of Adopt-A-Tree. The county program provides two trees a year per household during a special event, but you must register in advance because the giveaway is only while supplies last.  The first tree giveaways are: Saturday, July 16 at Florida …

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Fort Lauderdale Home Design expo

The Fort Lauderdale Home Design & Remodeling Show – set for Feb. 4-6, 2022 – is offering an opportunity for discounts. The popular Broward County event features hundreds of exhibitors, product demonstrations and presentations focusing on the home. It will be at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd.  Regular prices at …

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$100 toilet rebate available for eligible Broward residents

Reducing water waste is kind to your wallet. And to the planet. As an incentive to replace old toilets with fresher versions that save water, rebates are offered to eligible Broward County residents.   The Broward Water Partnership offers rebates of $100 per toilet when replacing an older model with a more efficient, low-flow, WaterSense-rated …

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FPL tips on how to reduce energy use

For reducing energy use in your South Florida residence, Florida Power & Light Co. offers free online resources. Using less electricity helps homeowners reduce utilities fees. FPL Tips Switch to energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. Turn off your overhead fan when you leave a room for potential savings of up to $85 per year, per fan. Ensure …

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Rebates for upgrading irrigation in eligible residential yards

If you’re interested in upgrading your outdoor irrigation system, perhaps you’ll qualify for a rebate of $200 to $600. Different factors determine eligibility for Broward residents, including Where you reside, use eligibility map your existing irrigation is operational your existing irrigation uses metered city water If you’re eligible,  apply online prior to performing any upgrades. …

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Rent, utilities & other financial resources for Florida residents

Resources are available for assisting residents and entrepreneurs with employment, social services, paying rent, free food & other expenses. Many resources are free.  Eligibility requirements vary.   Rent Assistance Eligible renters receive assistance paying for housing & utilities Eligibility includes  renting a unit, apartment or house in Broward qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a …

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Free Miami-Dade hurricane app provides up-to-the-minute info, tips

Worried about the next named storm? Not sure what it will mean to South Florida?  Miami-Dade County offers the free ReadyMDC mobile app, which allows you to get the most up-to-the-minute information to deal with a hurricane before, during and after.    To keep up with latest news, sign up for the daily Miami on the …

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Veggies & herbs you can grow inside in summer

If you’re interested in picking up a fresh, at-home activity, producing edible indoor plants such as radishes, turnips and arugula right inside your South Florida home is fun, relatively easy and relatively inexpensive. For wisdom on the topic, we solicited tips from a South Florida urban horticulture program specialist affiliated with the University of Florida …

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Hurricane season: How to prepare (without spending too much)

South Floridians have learned the hard way to take hurricanes seriously. When we get complacent, another storm comes and reminds us of the importance of hurricane preparation and supplies. You should take preparing for a hurricane seriously — but you shouldn’t buy a lot of things you’re never going to use. Miami-Dade County has an online hurricane guide that …

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Broward Sheriff’s Office offers free shredding & prescription disposal

Free paper shredding and safe prescription disposal are offered by Broward Sheriff’s Office for Broward residents. Shred-A-Thon events are intended to avoid identity theft by shredding personal papers with private information.  The events also accept old unused prescription medications for safe disposal.  In fact, incentives are offered for turning in prescriptions. The reward is a …

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