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By Michael Caruso | Broker in Orange County, CA
  • Caruso's Cell Phone Emergency Tips ~ A MUST Read!

    Posted Under: Traffic & Public Transportation in Orange County, Crime & Safety in Orange County  |  September 6, 2011 11:34 AM  |  988 views  |  No comments

    I received this through a chain of emails and I thought it was something everybody should be aware of. I would print this list out and keep in in your car or wallet for the future. Here are 4 things you might not have known about your Cell Phone  

    There are a few things that  can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your cell phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it: 
     1.) Emergency: The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.  

    2.) Hidden Battery Power: Imagine your cell battery is very low. If you're like me, my cell phone battery seems to start dying towards the end of the day. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell phone will  restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time. 

    3.) How to Disable a STOLEN Cell Phone: To check your cell phone's serial number, key in the following Digits on your phone *#06# , then a 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone is stolen, you can call your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get  your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

    4.) Free Directory Service for Cell Phones: Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don't have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial (800) FREE411 or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now! *This is sponsored by McDonalds.

    And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.  


    Best regards,

    Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

    Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900

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  • Get more MPG!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Laguna Niguel, Traffic & Public Transportation in Laguna Niguel, Going Green in Laguna Niguel  |  January 24, 2011 1:10 PM  |  762 views  |  No comments

    Even if you don't drive a "green" car, you can still drive greener -- and save $$$ and MPG.

     •    Park in the Shade: Park in the shade when you can, and cool down your hot car by driving with the windows down before turning on the air-conditioner. Over time these practices can result in a much smaller workload for your AC-and significant energy savings.

     •    Get Regular Tune-ups: Change your oil, check the fluids, replace spark plugs, and perform other regular maintenance tasks to save fuel. Rotate your tires and keep them properly inflated. For every 3 pounds they fall below their recommended pressure your fuel economy will fall by 1%. When it's time to replace tires consider using low-rolling-resistance (LRR) alternatives, which can boost your mpg.

     •    Slow down: Driving 75 mph instead of 65 mph burns 10 % more fuel. A smooth ride also helps, so use cruise control when it's practical. Stop-and-go driving and jackrabbit acceleration really take a toll-just one second of "pedal to the metal" acceleration emits almost as much carbon monoxide as half an hour of normal driving. And when you're not driving your car, turn it off-don't let it idle.

    And that is your green tip of the day! Drive Safely!

     Source: Green Guide -- http://www.thegreenguide.com/buying-guide/green-energy-efficient-cars//3

    And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Specialist!

    Best Regards,

    Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GRI GREEN

    2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors



  • Got My Electric Car...But What ABout Charging It?!?

    Posted Under: Traffic & Public Transportation in Laguna Beach, Going Green in Laguna Beach, In My Neighborhood in Laguna Beach  |  January 15, 2011 1:48 PM  |  1,198 views  |  No comments

    Electric cars should have a place to charge up in the city of Laguna Beach by the end of the summer. The city council recently voted to negotiate an agreement with ChargePoint America, a program from electric vehicle infrastructure company Coloumb Technologies. The program uses federal money to buy charging stations for cities and individuals and build a network for drivers of the increasingly popular vehicles.

    Electric Vehicles will soon be common on American Roads. The two charging stations will be installed at the south end of the parking lot at Laguna Canyon Road and Forest Avenue, taking over two parking spots. The council agreed to continue to charge drivers to park at the spots and limit their parking time to three hours, to coincide with other spaces in the downtown area. City official estimate the current parking revenue from the two spots to be around $3,000 a year.

    While ChargePoint will pay for the two charging stations, the city must pay for installation and a fee to be part of the company's network. The council dedicated $21,500 to the project from the Parking Revenue Fund. Drivers will have to pay for the electricity they use, likely about $1.12 per hour of charging.

    Connection to ChargePoint's network will allow drivers to use mobile devices or the Internet to find charging stations in their area and see if they're in use. A fully charged battery will take drivers about 100 miles, and new electric cars take between three and seven hours to charge. The stations will also have a lower-voltage hookup for golf carts and motorcycles.

    Will you get an Electric Car?

    And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.   

    Best regards.   

    Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI    

    Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

    To read more about Electric Car Stations you can visit www.ocregister.com

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