Old Farmer’s Almanac 2022/23 Winter Forecast

Pacific Southwest

Winter will be warmer and wetter than normal, with above-normal mountain snows. The coldest temperatures will occur in mid-November, mid-January, and early February. The stormiest periods will be in mid-to-late December, early and late January, early and late February, and late March.


15 Ways to Cut Down on Your Home Electric Bill in Winter

The colder months often bring higher energy bills for homeowners. If you live in the north with harsh winters, heating your home may be more expensive than cooling it in the summer. What’s more, many people are at home more during the winter months, which can drive up energy use. Add shorter days and long, nights, along with a string of holidays, and it’s easy to see how you could use more energy than other times of the year.

It’s important to save electricity in winter to lower your electric bills, not to mention reduce your carbon footprint. Luckily, there are several ways to conserve energy when the temperature drops, including the 15 suggestions below.

1. Weatherstrip your doors and windows

If you’re wondering how to cut down on your electric bill in winter, sealing out drafts is a good place to start. Your doors and windows can leak out more heat than you might imagine, but you can put a stop to it by installing weatherstripping around them. Plus, door sweeps help seal the space between the bottom of your door and the door frame. And even draft stoppers can give you some measure of protection from the cold.

2. Switch to a smart thermostat….


Utility and energy bill assistance programs in California

Find how to get financial help with paying utility bills in California. Most of the gas, electric, water, and utility companies in California offer assistance programs, discounts, or payment plans for families. They may give grants, abatements, reconnection help, and other financial assistance for electric bills. Some local cities, counties, and towns may also be able to provide emergency utility bill help to the elderly, disabled, or veterans in California.

Some of the energy bill assistance programs, such as CARE or LIHEAP, are mandated by the state or federal government. Other programs are funded by donations from local individuals and businesses. Regardless of the source, customers in California can contact their utility or gas company at the phone numbers below to request assistance or an application.

Statewide and government financial aid programs for paying utility bills…


Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

#PENDINGSALE – 281 Harvest Hills Ln, Rio Vista

$550,000 – What a view & the landscaping is breathtaking!! This Soraya model overlooks a large pond with a fountain and provides such a relaxing environment. The entire lot is landscaped with either stamped concrete/pavers & with drought-resistant landscaping. Full-length patio w/all weather cover over spa & slider from kitchen accesses side patio w/cover. This home shows pride of ownership! Tile floors & blinds throughout, quartz counters in kitchen & baths. A larger tub was installed in the main bath. The kitchen has cream cabinets with pull-out drawers, 2 lazy susans & under counter lights. The Master bedroom has a sliding door to the patio & spa and both bedrooms have crown molding. The seller has installed Tesla batteries, so if the power goes out, the batteries take over instantly. Home has prepaid solar with 14 yrs remaining. Water softener & extra storage ceiling racks in garage. Just bring your furniture and enjoy all the amenities that Trilogy has to offer you. READ MORE

#JUSTLISTED – 1536 Michigan St. Fairfield
3 bed/2 bath/1,260sqft/4,792sqft lot

$495,500 – This is a great starter or retirement home, close to shopping, Hwy 80 & Amtrack & perfect home for a commuter. This 3 bedroom & 2 bath home has new interior paint, carpets, laminate flooring, light fixtures, dual pane windows, tankless water heater & newer roof & air condenser. Master bath has new vanity & flooring. Kitchen has new flooring, appliances, stainless sink, painted cabinets, & resurfaced counter tops. Home has a large family room, perfect for entertaining. Patio is the length of home. Although 1 car garage, home has carport for at least 2 cars & RV parking on side. Larger lot & drought resistant front yard & shed. Just bring your furniture, home is move in ready. READ MORE

#FORSALE – 309 Delta Blvd. Rio Vista, 6,970sqft lot

Perfect lot to build your next home on the Delta. Utilities have not been hooked up, so call City of Isleton for costs, permits & Building codes. Then enjoy the Sacramento River activities, such as fishing, boating & more. READ MORE

#JUSTLISTED – 181 Cedar Ridge Dr. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,433sqft

$540,000 – Look no further!! This Clipper model is like a new home, completely renovated, from new sheet rock to all new cabinets throughout, new baths, laminate flooring, quartz counters, appliances, and new interior & exterior paint. Located on the 11th fairway, bring some patio furniture & enjoy the scenery. This model provides a living room/dining room & a nook/great room. Trilogy provides so many amenities, including 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce courts, billiards, tennis courts, pickleball, gym & more. READ MORE

OPEN HOUSE – Sunday 12:30 – 12:30pm
JUST LISTED – 1009 Diamante Dr. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1439st

$475,000 – From curb appeal to beautiful upgrades, this Pebble Beach model is move-in ready. From white cabinets, granite kitchen with stainless appliances, to wood flooring to plantation shutters, this home is exceptional. 2 Bedrooms & 2 baths have carpet in bedrooms & double doors in the den, making this home very cozy. Upgraded landscaping to drought resistance and a patio with cover. Bring your furniture and join the numerous activities available & take advantage of the amenities your HOA fees include, tennis, bocce, billiards, 2 pools/spas, gym, and more.READ MORE

OPEN HOUSE – Saturday 11:00am – 2:00 pm 
PRICE CHANGE – 147 Gardiner Way, Rio Vista

PRICE CHANGE $540,000 – Custom Craftsman Cottage, w/detached carport, 70 ft driveway, workshop & studio on a shy 1/4 acre lot. 3 bedroom, possibly 4, with 2 baths, painted in vibrant colors. Laminate floors & white blinds brings out the artsy homeowner. Kitchen has painted cabinets & bead board walls/backsplash, Corian counters with added cabinetry. Main bath has a stall tile shower & separate tub, quartz counters with white cabinets. 2 bedrooms have built-in cabinets & new laminate floors/fans. The family room can be the 4th bedroom/bath also has a tiled shower. FM also has a wood burning stove w/built-ins. Sunroom can be a great entertaining spot along with the large patio that has room for a built in kitchen/BBQ. The workshop has wall air conditioner, dark room with grey water sink. The She craft/studio room can be utilized for crafting or potting area. Homeowner has built numerous planter boxes for the gardener. YES, room for your RV/toys, carport with garage door. Don’t pass up this home!! READ MORE

FOR SALE – 404 Riverwood Ln. Rio Vista, 2bd/2bth/1391sf

$450,000 – Big Sur model & no rear neighbors!! Located in the Active Adult Community, Trilogy. Relax in this lovely backyard & watch the wild life. 2 bedrooms/2 full baths and den with double doors. Both master bedroom and den have bay windows that provides a more open feeling. Master bath has walk in shower & closet, double sinks, white tile counters, Dark kitchen cabinets, Corian counters w/tile backsplash, black appliances & tile floor. Stove is electric, however, is plumbed for natural gas. The dining area overlooks the backyard. Patio with all weather cover, great for BBQ in the rain. Garage has storage cabinets. Just bring your furniture and enjoy the activities, tennis, bocce, new gym, 2 pools & spas. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 718 Allender Wy. Rio Vista, 3 bd/2 bth/1346sf

$499,000 – Gorgeous home, shows pride of ownership and has been renovated since purchased. 3 bedrooms & 2 baths with all new flooring/baseboards, interior paint, light fixtures, etc. Kitchen has new painted cabinets with quartz counter tops with island. Auxillary electric heaters in 3rd bedroom & livingroom. Whole house water filter with under the sink reverse osmosis. Front yard has been totally relandscaped with new walkway to front door, with drought resistant landscaping, drip system & timer. Driveway extended as well as sidewalk to the backyard. Backyard has sprinkler sytem as well & patio. Just bring your furniture and enjoy!! Rio Vista is a quaint town located on the Sacramento River, close to SF, Sacramento & bay area. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 731 Turnberry Ter Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1410 sq ft

$434,900 – NO BONDS-Spinnaker mod1:30el with private backyard. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home feels like a very relaxing cottage for a retirement home. The patio provides a quiet place for morning coffee & afternoon beverage. Den has built-in book/curio shelves & bay window. The Master bedroom has a bay window, which creates room for a sitting area. New hot water heater. Enjoy amenities such as golf, tennis, bocce, pools/spas & a new gym, and more.  READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Week-End

“See You In September” Fun, Food, and Gaming

Sat Sep 17 2022 at 04:30 pm
American Legion Post 178, 610 Saint Francis Way, Rio Vista

Fun-Raiser Rio Vista Fire Department Hot Shots
Dinner, Gaming Tables, Raffles and More!
$35 in Advance, $40 at the door. Tickets for sale at the Rio Vista Fire Station, Pets 4 All
For more information on sponsorship and donations contact:
Tom Hess 970-389-1292 or Janet Goodwin 951-751-2917 BUY TICKETS

California Brewers Festival

Sat, Sep 17, 12 – 4 PM
Discovery Park, 1600 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA

Join us for Sacramento’s longest-running beer festival on September 17, 2022, in Discovery Park!

It’s another great day for good friends, good beer, and good times! Tickets will NOT be sold at the gate, so plan ahead and get them now!

Point West Rotary is proud to present the 28th annual California Brewers Festival and here’s just a small taste of what you can expect from this year’s event:

>Awesome beers from some of California’s best breweries and distributors
>Delicious food from some of the best >local food trucks
>A wine tent for the non-beer drinkers
>Live DJ
>Live music from Element Brass Band >FREE Bike Valet
>Vendor market
And so much more!

MeadowView Jazz and R&B Festival
Sun, Sep 18, 11 AM – 6 PM

Meadowview Park – 7760 24th St, Sacramento

Meadowview Jazz and R&b Festival is a two-day event taking place at Meadowview Park in Sacramento on September 17 & 18, 2022.

Saturday, September 17th Doors: 12:00 pm

Artist Line-up: MYA (“My Love Is Like…Wo”, “Case of the Ex”), RL, Changing Faces & MORE!

Sunday, September 18th Doors: 11:00 am

Artist Line-up: Lyfe Jennings (“Must Be Nice”, “Hypothetical”), Pleasure P (“On the Hotline”, “Boyfriend #2”), Slave (“Watching You”, “Slide”), Bobby V (“Slow Down”, “Beep”), Lakeside (“All the Way Live”, “Fantastic Voyage”), and more!


Lodi Grape Festival
Sat, Sep 17, 12 – 6 PM
Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi

There is something for everyone at the Lodi Grape Festival! September 15-18, 2022. Ride the rides, dance to the music, eat the food and make memories at the Fair.

For over 80 years the people in San Joaquin County have been gathering to celebrate the grape harvest at the annual Lodi Grape Festival. What started out as a small food festival in downtown Lodi has now evolved into a four day event filled with great entertainment, food, vendors, grape and commodity murals, competitive exhibits, carnival, wine tasting, and so much more. Visit

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