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Gas saving tips

The price of gas this summer is skyrocketing. We all drive, here’s some great tips from AAA to implement while drive to save gas.

  1. Slow down and drive the speed limit. On the highway, aerodynamic drag causes fuel economy to drop off significantly as speeds increase above 50 mph.
  2. Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard acceleration. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
  3. To idle or not to idle.
    -Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in winter. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
    -Avoid prolonged idling in general. If your car will be stopped for more than 60 seconds, shut off the engine to save fuel. Many newer cars have automatic engine stop-start systems that do this.
  4. When driving in town, adjust your speed to “time” the traffic lights. This reduces repeated braking and acceleration that consume additional fuel.
  5. When approaching a red light or stop sign, take your foot off the gas early and allow your car to coast down to a slower speed until it is time to brake.
  6. Accelerate smoothly with light to moderate throttle. This allows the automatic transmission to upshift into higher gears sooner, reducing engine rpm and saving fuel.
  7. Use cruise control to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because a loss of vehicle control could result.
  8. If your car has a manual transmission, upshift as soon as you can without “lugging” the engine. When practical, you can also save fuel by skip-shifting – for example, going directly from first gear to third.

5 ways to deal with the heat this summer

Here are a few tips to beat the heat this season.

1. Take breaks under shade to cool off

Even if you have to spend most of the day outside, make time to get away from the sun every now and then. Don’t hesitate to walk into a public library or shopping mall and take a while to cool off when temperatures are high.

“To stay indoors or in shade even just an hour or two out of the heat can really help the body repair,” said Elizabeth Merson, San Luis Obispo County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program Manager.

2. Wear loose, light-colored clothing

Stay away from the tight-fitting, synthetic or dark-colored pieces of your wardrobe as they can absorb heat and restrict air flow. Cotton is considered the most suitable material for this kind of weather as it can absorb moisture (sweat) easily.

Of course, accessories like hats and sunglasses are also recommended to protect your eyes and skin against permanent damage caused by sun exposure.

3. Head down to lower floors of buildings

Since hot air rises, the upper floors of a building tend to be warmer compared to the lower ones. If possible, consider sleeping on the ground floor or even the basement for a naturally cool environment. Covering windows with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers can reduce the levels of indoor heat by up to 80 percent.

4. Limit your intake of soda and alcohol

You may want to reconsider reaching for soda cans or wine glasses during the hotter days of the year, as tempting as they may be. While soda may seem extremely refreshing, research has shown it can actually have a dehydrating effect.

Alcohol, on the other hand, should be consumed with caution as it can lead to increased urine output. Alternating with sips of water between drinks can help reduce the risk of dehydration.

5. Avoid using handheld electric fans

The Federal Emergency Management Agency advised people to not use the devices, even though they are marketed to provide relief on hot, summer days.

They have a drying effect on our skin which can prevent natural evaporation from taking place. If the outdoor temperature is 95 degrees or more, using the fans could potentially increase the risk of heat-related illness.

Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce Honorary Mayor Candidate

​41st annual Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce Honorary Mayor Campaign Election to Honorary Mayor is determined by the candidate who raises the most money from April 1st through September 1st. Each dollar raised counts as 1 vote. The proceeds raised from each candidate will have a 50/50 split between the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce, and the charity of the candidate’s choice. The winner will be announced on Wednesday September 11th at the North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks. This event has raised funds of over $435,000.00 of which has been given back to the Fair Oaks Community.

Jacob Giorgi is a family man, an entrepreneur, a Rotarian, humanitarian, and philanthropist. Jacob and his wife Michelle have been married 20-years and have a 12-year old daughter together. In 2009 Jacob became an entrepreneur and started his first company: House To Home Moving. This March the company celebrated 10-years of being in business. Jacob started the company with the dream of spending more time with his family and the desire to succeed by his own efforts.

Shortly after starting the company, Jacob was contacted to help a senior community with unit transfers and that was where Jacob began his reputation in the senior industry for providing the care and honesty our seniors deserve. Working within the senior industry exposed Jacob to many charitable organizations that help seniors and he shows his support to many. Around 5-years ago Jacob met some of the board members of Adopt An Elder and learned about their mission and became involved in helping to support their efforts. The Adopt an Elder Foundation is the non-profit organization Jacob picked for his honorary mayor candidate donations. Jacob believes in community and that encompasses all within the community. His motto is: A Clear Vision, 2020

If you would like to donate to a great cause please visit the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce Honorary Mayor Candidate page.

30 Summer Home Maintenance Tips

1. Do a test of your smoke detectors and your carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries if needed.

2. Make sure your cooling system is running smoothly.
Consider getting your air-conditioning system serviced. Proper air conditioner maintenance can help your AC last longer and prevent air conditioner fires. This one is especially important for summer home maintenance since you don’t want to be stuck without air conditioning when the temperature starts climbing.

3. Dust the ceiling fan blades and check that the fan is balanced and working properly.
Attach a dryer sheet to a paint roller so you can reach easily and dust away.

4. Get your chimney cleaned. Yes, you might not use your fireplace again until fall or winter, but that’s exactly why this is the perfect time to call a chimney cleaning service. They won’t be as busy!

5. Clean or replace your shower heads.

6. Clean bathroom drains.

7. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans.
If your fans spin counterclockwise, they’ll push the air straight down to your home will stay nice and cool. To do this, turn off the fan, wait for it to stop, and find the direction switch and check that your fans are spinning counterclockwise.

8. Clean the baseboards of your home. Use a damp cloth and wipe away all the dust and grime.

9. Check your attic and basement.
In your attic, look for signs of dampness, mildew, leaks, holes in the roof, and pests.
In the basement, check for leaks, pests, mold, and mildew.

10. Clean the vents of your bathroom fans.

11. Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct.
Clean out all of the dust and lint trapped in the vent and exhaust duct. Call in a professional to clean and service your washer and dryer if needed. Clothes dryers can be a fire hazard if they’re not cleaned and maintained.

12. Change the filter in the air conditioner.

13. Clean your grill to prep for summer barbecuing.
Charcoal grills: Empty the grill and wipe away any dust or residue. Use hot water, dish soap, and a scrub brush or sponge to clean both the outside and inside of the grill. Be sure to let your grill dry off before using it next.
Gas grills: Close the lid, turn the heat up high, and let the grill cook for about half an hour. Let the grill cool. Use a grill brush to sweep the grill. Wipe down the outside with a sponge and cleaner. Then clean out all of the drip trays.

14. Wash down your porch. You should sweep the porch thoroughly, then wash it with a cleaner. Remove any embedded dirt by scrubbing with soap and water.

15. Give your deck a once-over. This is a summer home maintenance must.
Check your deck to see if there are any boards that look like they’re rotting. Have them replaced.
Hammer any nails that are loose.
You can also check if your deck needs to be resealed by pouring a little water on it. If the water beads into little puddles, you’re good. If it sinks into the wood, you should get your deck resealed against water.

16. Wash the windows. Why not? Clean windows are nice. Use warm water and soap to get those windows sparkling.

17. Wash or change your window screens.

Use hot soapy water and a brush to gently wash your window screens.

18. Add a layer of mulch. If you have plants, the extra mulch will help fight off weeds and help your soil retain moisture during those scorching summer months.

19. Check for outdoor leaks. Go on a hunt for leaks by checking all outdoor faucets. Then look at your hose. You can waste a lot of water if there’s even a tiny hole in your hose. Use electrical tape to repair any small holes in your hose.

20. Check your outdoor play equipment. Make sure everything is still safe. Repair or replace anything that’s damaged or possibly hazardous and make sure that the structure is still sturdy and strong.

21. Protect your home against unwanted guests. Yes, unfortunately sometimes critters decide that your house is the place to be. From snakes to squirrels, take steps to close off your home to non-pet animals.

  • Cover any holes that are more than a quarter-inch wide.
  • Get your tree branches trimmed back so they don’t create a highway for squirrels – a squirrel-way if you will – to your attic. Branches should be at least 8 feet from your roof.
  • Make sure your outdoor trash bins are tightly sealed to prevent a buffet for pests.
  • Do away with yard debris. Leaves and twigs are a haven for animals that might decide to invade your home.
  • Tend to your lawn frequently by mowing.

22. Clean out the gutters and downspouts. You should clean the gutters at least once a year, perhaps twice if you have a lot of trees around your home.

23. Inspect the caulking around the windows and doors of your home. You can keep ants and bugs at bay in the kitchen by adding fresh caulking to your windows and doors.

24. Consider having your driveway and walkway pressure washed.

25. Repair cracks or holes in your driveway and front steps.

26. Trim bushes and plants. Pay special attention to the area around the AC unit.

27. Touch up the paint on the outside of your home.

28. Check over your fence. Have it repainted, resealed, or repaired as needed.

29. Look at the outside of your house. Check for rotted, dirty, or loose siding.

30. Consider getting your roof inspected.

Pie Toss

Thank you to all that joined us for our Pie Toss to benefit the Adopt-an-Elder Foundation and Jacob’s run for Honorary Mayor of Fair Oaks. Sponsored by Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce. A big thank you to Fair Oaks Brew Pub for hosting the event. We had a lot of fun and made quite the mess. Some of the pie toss action was compiled for you to enjoy below.

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