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Free hurricane apps provide up-to-the-minute info, tips

It’s still hurricane season. Stay informed. Miami-Dade County 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.    THE APP INCLUDES INFORMATION ON: How to prepare for a hurricane Knowing which areas that are in danger of storm …

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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 exclusively 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 …

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Florida landscaping: Free resources to enhance your yard

Enhance your yard, patio and indoor areas with plants, including native species and edibles. Lots of free information is available for South Florida residents, such as  tips on selecting the perfect plants for a particular area.  For personalized information, landscaping experts from extension offices in Miami-Dade, Broward & greater Palm Beach answer questions via phone …

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Indoor plants: Tips for radishes, lettuce & other edibles from Davie extension office

Think it’s too hot to garden? You can grow edible plants such as herbs, radishes, turnips and arugula right inside your South Florida home. Yes, you can grow your own food indoors. We asked for tips from a South Florida urban horticulture program specialist affiliated with the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural …

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Florida waives taxes on energy efficient appliances & other items

Skip the sales tax. Florida offers an opportunity to save on eligible purchases during shopping events when sales taxes are waived for specific items, including tools and energy efficient refrigerators. Florida sales taxes are 6 percent, or $6 per $100 purchase, and some regions also levy local taxes, which likely are also withheld. For tax-free …

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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 Broward 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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Hurricane preparedness: How to build an emergency kit

The aftermath of a hurricane can be devastating and leave you and loved ones without basic necessities. Here’s a  helpful guide to creating an essential and basic emergency supply kit. It’s recommended you pack these items in weather-proof duffel bags or plastic bins – or a combination of both. Here’s what to pack: Three-day supply …

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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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