Cutting 'Ma Bell's' Cord: Does Your House Need a Landline?
By John Voket
Most homeowners are cutting the cord—to their landline, that is. With wireless present in most households and smartphones at hand on the go, the case for the landline has become near-obsolete.
Some homeowners, still, appreciate the added convenience and security of having a landline. According to Jason Steele of MoneyCrashers.com, many homeowners have made the switch to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which transmits calls over a digital connection, combining the best of both landline and wireless.
In an emergency, it pays to be prepared—and for homeowners, that means having the essentials readily accessible at a moment’s notice. Keep your emergency kit stocked with these necessities:
- Battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, plus extra batteries - Battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA weather radio with tone alert, plus extra batteries - Blankets - Candles - Cell phone with charger adapter and extra battery - Compass - Extra shoes - First-aid kit
It's not the first time there's been a cold snap in Florida. Over the years there have been harsh winter freezes in our area that have destroyed the orange crops and made life really cold for those of us used to much warmer climes!
But what is causing this cold snap...I thought we were in the middle of global warming trend?!
With energy prices dropping drastically over the past couple of months, some green home builders are finding that interest in their energy efficient and economical homes has dipped. Builders in Arizona and in California noticed a dip in their homes sales when the cost of oil and gas went down.
Does this mean Green is dead? Is it a better investment to buy a home that is not energy efficient if it is cheaper than a green home?
Florida is moving closer to determing what types of renewable energy will be utilized in this state.
A huge step forward was made in the conversation between consumer advocates, renewable energy industry officials, and environmentalists, who are helping the Public Utilities Commission to create their proposal to the state legislators on renewable energy for Florida, due by the end of January.
Over the course of time, scientists have found that mold may have been the driving force behind a number of interesting phenomena including stories of leprosy in the Bible, the Salem Witch Trials, the Irish Potato Famine and the curse of the mummy’s tombs.
Whether seen as a fad or a true necessity, green housing is starting to take root in Southern Florida. Local builders are starting to realize that going green could actually mean saving and making more money.
Florida native butterflies appear each day. Staff members are on hand to explain the life cycle, describe the species and offer guidance in selecting plants that attract butterflies. Educational butterfly facts are posted throughout the pavilion.