Scam Alert from FPL

17 01 2014

New twist to international email scam targeting utility customers

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Scammers are targeting utility customers with emails that appear to be monthly bills from FPL and other legitimate utilities, like Pacific Gas & Electric. These emails are bogus and may contain malicious spam. Do not open or click them and do not provide any personal information. Authorities have been notified of this scam.
If you receive an email bill from an electric utility other than FPL, it’s likely a scam. Do not open or click on the email. Delete it immediately.

If you receive an FPL email bill that looks different from your normal bill or seems suspicious in any way, do not click any links. Look at the account number to verify that it is your actual account number. You can find your account number by looking at an old bill or by logging in to your account on FPL.com. If the account numbers match, then the email is a legitimate email from FPL. If they do not, delete the email immediately.

If you think you may have been a victim, report it online to the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force at stopfraud.gov.

Remember, FPL will never send emails threatening to close your account if you do not take the immediate action of providing personal information.

You can find images of these scam emails as well as additional tips on how to protect against scams by visiting FPL.com/protect.





Most Americans unfamiliar with incandescent bulb ban

7 01 2014

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06 January 2014 11:55 EST
Home Channel News
Lutron_infographic_Jan3A survey recently conducted for Lutron Electronics found that very few Americans are aware of the 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulb ban that just went into effect, let alone their lighting options going into 2014.

According to the survey, which polled 1,000 U.S. adults in November, fewer than one in three are aware that manufacturers are no longer allowed to produce the bulbs.

Additionally, one in 10 adults is familiar with lighting alternatives such as LEDs and CFLs.

“Manufacturers, retailers and others in the lighting industry—including the trade and general press—have been working to get the word out for the past two years,” said Terry McGowan, director of engineering for the American Lighting Association. “But since the 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs represent more than 60% of all U.S. household bulbs sold annually, some people will definitely be in for a shock.”

Some survey information could be potentially valuable for manufacturers; three-quarters of respondents said that it’s important for the new energy-efficient bulbs to be dimmable.

The survey was conducted by The Futures Company, an independent research organization, in time for a panel gathering of experts in New York City that took place just before the law went into effect.





Remembering Bob Campell

2 01 2014

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We are sad to report that we lost a dear friend and former sponsor of WFLA’s Home Improvement Show. He was a wonderful, generous man and we will miss his voice on the air. Here is his obituary from Newcomer Funeral Homes.

Bob Campbell

Robert (Bob) Campbell, was born June 28,1953 in Detroit at Grace Hospital. His parents, William and Miriam had 3 children ,William, Bob and Cindy. At 6 months old his family moved to Dallas, Texas. In 1959 they moved back to Sylvan Lake, Mi. He completed his education at West Bloomfield Schools.

Shortly after high school, he worked in the flooring department in JC Penney . It was at this time Bob was married and had three sons, Ryan, Christopher and Brandon. He was then recruited by Marv Berlin to come work at New York Carpet World . Bob started out in sales and then worked his way up to district supervisor of the Detroit area stores. He remained at New York Carpet World in the Metro Detroit area until New York Carpet bought out a chain of stores in Florida. It was at this point that Bob divorced and later married Nancy. Bob was then transferred to the Orlando area to Open the New stores. Not long after, NYCW the stores were bought out by Shaw Industries and then was sold to the Maxim group. During this time, he had 2 children , Kristine and Nicolas . Shortly after, the stores were closed and with a wing and a prayer that is when Bob and Nancy took a leap of faith and opened up their first store, Creative Floors, in 1999 on East Colonial in Orlando. Then, in 2000, the Casselberry location was opened, and in 2007, their 3rd location was opened in south Orlando.

Bob enjoyed Nascar, Detroit Tigers baseball, his new Harley Davidson, surfing with Nick, boating and water-skiing. His major accomplishment was being an amazing father, son, brother, husband, and friend.

After putting up a valiant fight with cancer, Bob will be forever in our hearts. We want to thank our families, dear friends, and colleagues for the tremendous outpouring of support.

Bob is preceded in death by his Father, William Campbell. Surviving family includes his Wife, Nancy N. Campbell, Mother, Miriam Campbell, Daughter, Kristine J. Campbell, Son, Nicolas Campbell, Son, Ryan Campbell, Son, Christopher Campbell, Son, Brandon Campbell, Sister, Cindy Thelen, Brother, William Campbell, and a host of other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00PM Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 895 S. Goldenrod Road in Orlando. Family will be gathering with friends at the funeral home prior to service from 1:00PM to 3:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family, Hospice of the Comforter or Back To Nature Wildlife rescue. Donations can be made online at Btnwildlife.org. In comment section please add Bob’s name. It can also be mailed to: nature wildlife, PO box 4117, Winter Park, fl. 32793.





Electricians charged in electrocution of man at Houston pool

3 12 2013

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Police say shoddy work led to man’s electrocution
HOUSTON CHRONICLE | November 8, 2013 | Updated: November 8, 2013 10:32pm

Shoddy work by two electricians led to the death of a man at a west Houston hotel swimming pool, police said.

Jason Joseph Gorczyca, 35, and James Ray Pyle, 34, were charged on Friday with criminally negligent homicide.

Officials said the electricians’ work on a pool at the Hilton Houston Westchase was done in a “substandard fashion” and led to the death of Raul Hernandez.

The Richmond man died about a week after he was pulled from the hotel’s pool after helping save a child, police said.

The child and others were in the water on Aug. 31 when pool lights came on and people began to complain of being shocked, police said.

houstonhotelpool_0Hernandez, 27, who was with his family swimming at the west Houston pool, at 9999 Westheimer near Briarpark, swam to the deep end to help a child get out. After doing that, he could not pull himself out.

Bystanders pulled out Hernandez, then he went into cardiac arrest, police said. Bystanders performed CPR on Hernandez, who was then taken to Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital. He died on Sept. 6. Medical examiners ruled his death an accident caused by electrocution.

The electric current was caused by a short in the pool light, police said Friday.

Violations of code

An investigation by police, the city’s Public Works and Engineering Department and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation also determined the wiring to the pool light lacked a ground fault circuit interrupter that would have immediately cut off the current in the event of a shock, officials said. The pool also lacked proper bonding, police said. Both are violations of the National Electric Code.

houstonhotelpool_2The hotel hired Brown Electric, Inc., in June to replace the wiring and bonding for the pool, police said. Pyle, the supervisor for the job, did not get a permit for the work with the City of Houston, police said.

Lawyers for the Hernandez family last month filed suit against Hilton Worldwide and others. The suit, filed by theHicks Thomas law firm in Houston, seeks more than $1 million.

Through their attorneys, the family on Friday released a statement after the criminal charges were filed.

‘Progress’ made

“As we continue to grieve Raul’s loss, we are pleased that so much progress has been made to determine those responsible for his death,” the statement says. “Although these charges will not bring Raul back, we hope the notoriety of this case will ensure a tragedy like this does not happen to another family.”

Hilton officials could not be reached for comment on Friday.

In an earlier statement, the hotel said, “We believe this was an isolated event, but we are cooperating fully with investigators to determine exactly what happened and to completely address any concerns.”





Which household appliances use the most electricity?

19 11 2013

Which household appliances use the most electricity?

FROM FPL

By Energy Expert

Asked on: October 11, 2013 by Trina A., Miami

Which appliances use the most electricity in the house and contribute the most to your electric bill?

Air Conditioner
There is one appliance here in Florida that works hard year-round – your air conditioner. It takes a lot of energy to keep your home cool in our hot, humid climate especially in the warmer months. That’s why we recommend keeping your A/C thermostat set to 78 degrees when you are home and 82 degrees when you are away to help manage energy costs. If 78 degrees isn’t comfortable for you, just know that with every degree you raise the temperature on your thermostat you can save up to 5 percent on cooling costs. Every little bit helps!

Pool Pump
While swimming pools can help you cool off, pool pumps are actually the second biggest energy user in a home. To save energy with this appliance, we recommend you limit your pool pump’s run time to six hours each day in the summer and four hours each day in the winter. Visit our pool pump tips page to calculate how much yours is costing you and learn about variable speed pumps that deliver big monthly savings.

Water Heater
Water heaters are also a big energy user because you pay to heat water and about 10 percent of the heat escapes from the tank. You can reduce this heat loss by purchasing a kit to insulate the pipes for under $5. You can cut your hot water usage by replacing old high-flow showerheads with modern low-flow showerheads and save up to $80 per year. Lowering your water heater’s temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees can also help you save about $10 a year. Learn more about water heaters and ways to save.

Lighting
Lighting is the fourth largest energy user for homeowners. But many of you are already taking steps to reduce the cost of lighting your home by swapping out older bulbs for more energy-efficient options like CFLs and LEDs. Learn more by viewing my previous blogs on energy-efficient lighting and light dimmers.

Other Energy Users
The fifth largest single energy user is the clothes dryer for most customers. However, refrigerators or even televisions could be the fourth or fifth biggest user if you have more than one and they are older models. If you are considering a new refrigerator or big screen TV, make sure you look for the ENERGY STAR® label to ensure it will be energy efficient.

 





Back to Work with Collis Roofing on September 24th, 2013

20 09 2013

Collis Roofing Inc. For Immediate Release September 19, 2013

Back to Work with Collis Roofing on September 24th, 2013

image001 (2)Collis Roofing, the largest and highest awarded and rated roofing and home improvement company in Central Florida cares about the local families and local economy. With a commitment to only hiring residents that are legal to work in Florida and the recent reports that many have been unable to find work despite their extensive efforts, Collis Roofing has developed a paid job training and permanent job opportunity at a stable company.

On Tuesday, September 24th at 1pm, Collis Roofing will be open for interviews for any unemployed Florida resident or military veteran looking for work. Collis Roofing will provide paid classroom training, on the job training and extensive safety training as well as providing safety equipment as the life, safety and wellness of every employee is a top concern.

At each step of completion, these new apprentices will receive a Collis University certificate of completion and will have the opportunity to advance forward. At the end of the apprenticeship program, they can become employees of Collis Roofing, and will be eligible to receive benefits such as health care, life insurance, 401k, paid vacation and more! Collis Cares and there is hope for finding work at a strong and reliable company who cares about their employees and local community!

Anyone interested in participating is asked to bring documentation that shows they are legal to work in the United States and come 1pm 5pm to the corporate office at 485 Commerce Way, Longwood, FL 32750.

For more information on how to participate, please visit CollisRoofing.com

 

Jessica Reyna / Director of Marketing / Collis Roofing Inc. / jreyna@collisroofing.com / 3214412300

 





Cost-effective Home Improvements

27 06 2013

Installing high-efficiency water fixtures, including a low-flow showerhead, is an affordable and eco-friendly home improvement project.

By — Metro Creative Services — — Metro Creative Services

Homeowners take on projects to improve their homes for a variety of reasons. Some may do so to make a home more functional, while others may do so to improve their home’s resale value.

There are several cost-effective ways to make a home more eco-friendly.

Upgrade your appliances

A home improvement project does not have to require the use of a hammer and nails or the hiring of a contractor. A simple home improvement project like upgrading older appliances, including the washer and dryer, to newer, more efficient models can give a home a fresh look while reducing energy consumption.

Add more insulation

Adding more insulation or replacing older insulation used to be an especially laborious process. However, in many instances insulation can now be added or upgraded to a home without any major reconstruction or demolition, reducing the cost of the project considerably. Adding more insulation to a home can reduce energy consumption in the winter, when the home will feel warmer and allow you to keep the thermostat at a more reasonable number.

showerheadInstall high-efficiency water fixtures

Few people think about how much water they consume over the course of a typical day, but the figures might be eye-opening to those who hope to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle. According to the United States Geological Survey’s WaterScienceSchool, it’s generally accepted that the average person uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water each day. Showers seem to be especially wasteful, as older shower heads might be using as much as five gallons per minute, or 50 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower.

Older fixtures that consume such massive amounts of water can be easily and affordably replaced with newer, more efficient fixtures. Homeowners can also install high-efficiency toilets that use as little as 1.3 gallons of water per flush, compared to older models that consumed as many as five gallons per flush.

 

Install a programmable thermostat

Programmable thermostats present another affordable way to improve a home and benefit the environment. Temperatures can be adjusted room-by-room, and the programmable thermostat allows homeowners to control their heating and cooling while they’re out of the house, ensuring they’re not paying to heat or cool an empty house and wasting energy.

 








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