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New iOS and Android App Promises to Alleviate Boredom and Difficult Decision Making

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Woman-owned “ThingstoDuo” allows users to search for activities and make decisions with a coin toss.

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (Newswire.com) – Now available on iOS and Android, ThingstoDuo provides users the opportunity to browse for things to do or sort by categories ranging from “Family Fun” to “Night Life” in a simple and streamlined interface. Not only does ThingstoDuo provide users a simplified way of exploring and socializing in their local community, but it also aids in decision making – allowing users to add two or more selections to an animated coin toss that randomly chooses between.

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“Top Things to Do” search category in the ThingstoDuo mobile app.

“The idea is to get people to spend more time actually doing things rather than planning them,” said Kilane Garrett, founder of ThingstoDuo. If users find themselves particularly fond of a location they have visited or want to save it for later, they are able to save the location as a “Favorite” under their user profile, which also allows for profile customization with a section for a profile photo and bio.

Businesses have the option of promoting exclusive discounts to users on the app, however, paid promotions are limited “in order to provide businesses with adequate screen time.”

About ThingstoDuo
Founded in September 2022, iOS and Android app ThingstoDuo allows users to search or sort by category, learn about local businesses, receive exclusive discounts, and make decisions with the flip of a coin. ThingstoDuo aims to make sure you spend less time making plans and more time doing them.

If you would like more information on ThingstoDuo or would like to download the app, please visit thingstoduo.com

Source: Things to Duo LLC

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7 Ways to Reduce Energy Bills During Summer Heat

The summer is when we see homeowners strategizing about how to keep their homes cool and comfortable while sticking to their household budgets,

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The summer is when we see homeowners strategizing about how to keep their homes cool and comfortable while sticking to their household budgets,

 (Family Features) With temperatures forecasted to run at least 2 degrees higher than historical averages across more than half the country, according to projections from AccuWeather, heat waves may lead to soaring air-conditioning bills this summer.

“The summer is when we see homeowners strategizing about how to keep their homes cool and comfortable while sticking to their household budgets,” said Michael Williford, HVAC service manager at Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. “We work with customers to keep their current HVAC systems running smoothly or upgrade to more efficient systems, which can make a huge difference in their utility bills. In addition, there are many other ways homeowners can keep their energy costs down during the hot summer months.”

Consider these smart, practical, cost-cutting tips for dialing down your energy bills.

Service HVAC Systems Regularly
To ensure the best cooling performance and efficiency possible, find a licensed contractor to keep your heating and cooling system well-maintained and serviced throughout the year. There are some tasks many homeowners can handle on their own, like keeping outdoor units free of debris and changing air filters. However, bringing in a professional 1-2 times a year for maintenance and to ensure proper function of ductwork and electrical components is also essential.

Use Appliances During Non-Peak Hours
Rather than using stoves, ovens and clothing dryers in the afternoon hours, consider doing so early in the morning or late in the evening. Peak time for many electricity providers is noon-6 p.m., meaning using appliances that heat up your home outside of this timeframe when conventional heating and cooling systems are likely running full throttle can help lower energy costs.

Upgrade Your Systems to an Energy-Saving Heat Pump
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) incentivizes homeowners who opt for energy-efficient HVAC upgrades, including qualified heat pumps, which can boost seasonal energy efficiency ratios and increase efficiencies. For example, Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps provide more energy-efficient cooling that may equal cost and energy savings as well as a reduced carbon footprint for homeowners. These systems are equipped with inverter or variable-speed technology that allows systems to automatically ramp up or down the required amount of energy depending on the room’s capacity. Although annual savings vary, some homeowners can save as much as $1,000 per year by switching to an all-electric heat pump.

Fire Up the Grill
When temperatures soar, use the grill for cooking to help lower energy usage and save on air-conditioning costs. Alternatively, toaster ovens, air fryers and slow cookers use less energy than larger conventional stoves or ovens. Get creative by cooking a pizza in a chiminea or smoking favorite meats as alternatives to using your oven.

Stop Cooling Empty Rooms
One mistake many homeowners make is forgetting to adjust their temperature settings when leaving the house. Whether you’re headed to the beach for the weekend or just headed to work for the day, blasting the air conditioner in an empty house can result in unnecessarily high utility bills. Multi-zone, all-electric heat pumps like those from Mitsubishi Electric allow homeowners to set the comfort level and adjust the temperature in each room, so you don’t have to waste energy cooling unoccupied rooms. With a smartphone app, you can even adjust the settings remotely.

Install a Smart Electric Panel
Installing a smart electrical panel alongside an all-electric heat pump enables homeowners to monitor and control energy consumption on-site or remotely using a smartphone for better overall efficiency and utility cost savings.

Harness the Sun’s Energy with Solar Panels
According to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, the amount of sunlight that strikes the Earth’s surface in 90 minutes could power the world’s total energy usage for a full year. Investing in solar panels can help decrease energy bills and increase your home’s sustainability. Additionally, some utility providers and government entities, including the IRA, offer incentives to help reduce installation costs. Plus, solar-sourced power pairs well with all-climate heat pumps, which require minimal electricity to operate.

Find more ideas to dial down energy usage (and bills) this summer at MitsubishiComfort.com.

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News: Navigating the Entertaining World of Pickleball: A Pro-Pickleball Documentary, Shopping Vouchers, and UFO Mysteries Unraveled. Read our latest blog post to get all the exciting details!

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Welcome to our latest blog post! Today, we explore a fascinating array of topics that are making waves in the world of news and entertainment. Join us as we delve into the captivating realm of pickleball with a spotlight on an exciting documentary featuring pro-Pickleball pioneers. We’ll also share some delightful news for Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and Bath & Body Works shoppers. And, last but not least, we’ll unravel the mysterious UFO sightings that have left people in awe. Let’s jump right in!

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Discover the exhilarating world of pickleball as we take a closer look at the documentary “Dreambreaker: A Pickleball Story.” Follow the journey of renowned host Mike Sleeves Sliwa and the pro-Pickleball pioneers as they navigate unexpected partnerships, fierce rivalries, and legendary athletes joining the game. Get ready for high stakes and riveting drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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Section 2: “Unveiling Shopping Voucher Bonanza”
Attention shoppers! We’ve got exciting news for those who have made recent purchases at Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and Bath & Body Works. Find out how you can receive up to $15 off your next purchase through a special voucher program. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to snag some fantastic savings on your favorite brand-name products. Check out the details in this section!

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Prepare to be amazed as we delve into a mind-boggling phenomenon: UFO sightings over Arizona and parts of California. Explore eyewitness accounts, Reddit speculations, and the possibility of a SpaceX launch being the cause. Join us as we unravel the mystery and discuss the theories surrounding this extraordinary event.

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Unlock Your $15 Power Voucher: Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and Bath & Body Works Shoppers

“Attention Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and Bath & Body Works shoppers! Claim your $15 settlement voucher now! Limited time offer for eligible purchases.”

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Attention all Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and Bath & Body Works shoppers! We have some interesting news to share with you. If you made a purchase at any of these stores between May 10, 2021, and August 8, 2021, you may be eligible to receive a voucher for up to $15 off a single purchase at a future visit to any of these stores. How amazing is that?

Lynch Carpenter, LLP, a renowned law firm, has announced a proposed settlement with Bath & Body Works, LLC, and Victoria’s Secret Stores, LLC, regarding potential violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act during the relevant time period. While the defendants deny any wrongdoing, a settlement has been reached to provide relief for the affected customers and avoid the costs of a trial.

To be eligible for the settlement, you must have made a purchase at either Victoria’s Secret, Pink, or Bath & Body Works stores during the specified time period and received a printed receipt at the point of sale that displayed more than the last five digits of your credit or debit card number. If you paid with cash or a gift card, did not receive a receipt, received only an e-mailed receipt, or made an online purchase, unfortunately, you are not included in the settlement class.

The good news is that if you are indeed a settlement class member, you could receive a voucher worth up to $15 if you submit a valid claim form. And even if you made a purchase using My Bath & Body Works Rewards or a Victoria’s Secret branded credit or debit card and don’t submit a claim form, you will still receive a claimable voucher worth up to $5 automatically. More details about the vouchers can be found at www.FACTAClassActionSettlement.com. Just remember, the deadline to submit claim forms is July 16, 2024.

If you used your My Bath & Body Works Rewards Account or a Victoria’s Secret branded credit or debit card and take no action, you will receive a voucher as described above if the court approves the settlement. However, if you don’t file a valid claim form, you won’t receive a voucher. Keep in mind that by doing nothing, you waive your right to object to the settlement or participate in any other lawsuit against the defendants related to this case. But don’t worry, you still have options. You can choose to exclude yourself from the settlement or file an objection by July 1, 2024. The choice is yours.

Now, mark your calendars because the court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on October 24, 2024, to consider the approval of the settlement, as well as other important requests. This includes a request for attorneys’ fees up to $3,000,000 and $5,000 service awards to each of the named plaintiffs. If you have any objections, the court will take them into account during this hearing.

For more information about this exciting opportunity, visit www.FACTAClassActionSettlement.com, or if you have any questions, feel free to call 1-877-509-0275. Explore the website to get all the details you need, and don’t miss out on this chance to receive a voucher for your future shopping spree at Victoria’s Secret, Pink, or Bath & Body Works!

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Source: Lynch Carpenter, LLP

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