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man giving thumbs up holding money next to solar panel

What’s that house of yours worth? Same as the guy down the street with a similar floorplan? Hmmm. Maybe not! Listen today as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small discuss how real estate professionals look at homes with small solar. Hint: done right, they’re worth more.

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house in the shape of a tree

Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small take you on a discussion today that opens with the health of your home. Like great fruit, vegetables and meats, can you say it’s “organic”? What does that even mean anyway? The answers come in a variety of choices. Just like fruits and vegetables. And they can... Read more

savings piggy bank on a beach with sunglasses, summer savings concept

You’ve heard it. You know it’s coming. The heat will eventually be here and it’s going to be different this year. Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small get into the discussion of options for you to consider to help minimize the impact of the changes you’re sure to see with SMUD’s time of... Read more

Electrical Transmission Pylons California

The power grid in California seems to have its back against the wall after a rough couple of years. With multiple devastating wildfires each year throughout the state and a constant battle between utility companies and grid-hackers, there seems to be a feeling of uncertainty revolving around the... Read more

Person holding a cash flow sign | Cash Flow Home Energy

40 years ago a company called Brower Mechanical started and wow, what a 40 year run! You can not believe the changes in technology that have occurred over the past 40 years. Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small talk about some of the key changes they've seen over the course of the years... Read more

small solar panel

As an increasing number of homeowners in the Sacramento are becoming aware of their environmental impact, energy costs (including electricity, natural gas, and propane) are on the rise. As local homes get older, and heating and cooling costs continue to take up a larger portion of the monthly... Read more

home savings in jar of gold

Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small start it all with comments on cabbage. Not with corned beef but still green. As in your money! And you’re going to love what you hear. Your friends will be green with envy. You’re going green and helping the environment. Yes, you’re saving green too... Read more

woman peeking around corner of laptop

Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small open with a little birthday celebration as the company turns 40. And what a great run it’s been with so much interest in the future ahead, especially in the essence of what home energy is really about. Isn’t it really all about living better? A more... Read more

small solar panel

As more and more homeowners look towards the future of their home energy here in California, solar is transitioning from a popular alternative source of energy to “the norm.” Especially in the wake of PG&E’s announcement... Read more

stylish baby fast asleep on couch

OK… todays’ show opens with your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small discussing some of the collateral benefits of home energy upgrades. A recent project that was completed had the homeowner marveling at the difference in, believe it or not, how quiet the home was after the upgrades...and... Read more

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