Michigan Child Protection Registry

Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a FREE program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a FREE do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and schools. Just go to www.ProtectMIChild.com to register today and keep your family safe.

For a list of FAQs click HERE

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Tip of the Day

Those of us living in Southeast Michigan are just 9.5 inches away from the snowiest winter on record! Tomorrow will get us a little closer to breaking that record with up to 9 inches of snowfall possible. With the snow will come the cold and the icy roads. So if you find yourself stuck in a ditch or on slick icy roads unable to gain traction, remember this tip:

Keep kitty litter in your trunk to use under your tires to create traction in an emergency.

I was going to suggest that you use your vehicle’s floor mats instead but it seems this actually doesn’t work! The mats just end up splitting or flying backwards. So be prepared! The added weight of the kitty litter will also help weigh your vehicle down a little.

Tip of the Day

You can save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your thermostat.

Here are few more tips about keeping your bill manageable while heating your home during the cold winter months:

  • Set your thermostat at 70 degrees or lower. Your heating costs will rise 4% to 6% for every degree you set your thermostat above 70 in the winter. Keep your thermostat below 70 and rely on slippers or socks and a sweater to keep you warm. If your feet are cold, your whole body will feel cold!
  • Change your air filter. A dirty filter makes your heating and cooling system work harder. Keep it clean to keep your energy bill from rising.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. During the cold months, program it so the temperature in your home will be 10% to 15% lower while you’re at work, asleep or on vacation.
  • Have your heating system inspected to make sure it’s in good condition and running efficiently.
  • Keep your air ducts clean and clear of rugs or other furniture so that it flows properly.
  • Insulate your attic, outside walls and floors over unheated areas such as a crawl space.
  • Add weather-stripping to your doors and windows to prevent heat from leaking out and the cold from coming in.
  • Shut doors to unoccupied rooms to trap the heat in the room you’re in and not let it travel into a cooler hallway or area.
  • Enjoy hot drinks to keep yourself warm. Okay, this may not be the best advice, but a hot cup of RumChata on a cold evening is the best!

Tip of the Day

If you get broadband Internet access through your cable company, one way to trim the cost is to avoid the modem rental fee – typically about $7 per month, or $84 per year. So today’s tip of the day:

Don’t rent if it makes more sense to buy.

Most cable companies won’t tell you that you can purchase your own modem. Plus, if the cable company really wants your business, they might even throw the modem in for FREE, give you a rebate, or offer to pay the first few months of the rental fee. You can also purchase your own modem – from eBay, Amazon or at an electronics store such as Best Buy – for the cost of a year’s worth of fees. Just make sure that you check with your cable provider to make sure that the modem you purchase is compatible with your service!