Remotely check your unit's air conditioner--from anyplace in the world--for free.
If you're away from your unit during hot weather, it's good to periodically verify that your air conditioning is working properly. Air conditioning failure can rapidly lead to serious mold problems. Fortunately, Florida Power and Light provides an easy and free way to do this through their web site. Here's how:
1. If you haven't already, register for a personal online account at https://www.fpl.com.
2. Then, each time you log in, scroll to the bottom of the page for the "Energy Dashboard." Click on it, and the usage by month appears.
3. Then, click on the "Day" tab at the top right of the chart, and you'll see the consumption by day through the previous day. Consumption for a hot day is typically about 10 KW-hrs,- less with a more efficient unit. What really matters is whether there's a sudden drop in consumption without a corresponding drop in temperature (also shown on the same chart).
Articles on this page:
1. How to remotely check your unit's air conditioner.
2. What you can put in recycling.
3. Local frequently-called phone numbers.
4. Accessing this website on your smartphone.
5. Computer in community room for resident use
What can I put in the big green recycling containers? (From http://www.brevardfl.gov/SolidWaste/RecyclingHome)
Accessing this website with your phone. Your phone will automatically load a special condensed version of this website.
1. Start your preferred browser on your phone (e.g., Safari or Chrome). You'll see the home page.
2. To access the different pages (e.g., "about us," what's new,"), tap the menu icon (three horizontal bars) in the upper left of your screen.
3. You'll see a drop-down list of the component pages. Tap the one you want to see.
4. You'll see the new page, but the menu icon will remain in the upper left so you can navigate to another page.
Computer for Resident Use in Community Room
There's a Windows 7 computer for resident use in a corner of the community room. This computer was in the office until we replaced it with a newer and faster model so that Kelly could use her time more efficiently. However, the old computer is plenty good enough for most personal use, including web browsing, checking emails, writing letters, and even creating spreadsheets.
There are start-from-scratch instructions posted by the computer, and there's even a printer for limited personal use.
The computer is configured to protect users from accidentally leaving behind files with personal information, but it's still prudent to exercise caution when viewing or creating documents with personal information. (This topic is covered in the instructions.) To save any files you create, you must bring your own USB flash drive--available from Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, etc., for as little as $5.
This is an opportunity for those without a computer to have ready access to one, and for computer beginners to learn basic skills.
If you find this computer to be helpful, let a board member or your webmaster know so we can continue supporting it. If there's enough interest in learning very basic computer skills, we might be able to offer volunteer-led tutoring or classes next winter.