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Brower Home Power Hour: Formerly the CHERP Energy Wise Forum, Brower Mechanical has now recrafted the program to further promote the process of home energy optimization thru home energy audits, insulation, windows, solar and more. Continuing the relationship with the non-profit Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP)monthly seminars are designed to provide access to virtually free home energy assessments ($300+ value!)that can then lead to maximizing government and utility rebates and incentives to both reduce expense and increase home values. An incredibly informative show to help anyone considering solar or home energy upgrades make the best investment decision utilizing the small solar process by reducing before producing.

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OK, first things first. The Brower Home Power Hour is now into the fourth year of broadcasting and is the longest currently running home energy show on the station. That’s very exciting. The reason a... Read more
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Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small celebrate a couple of milestones with today’s show. First, the Brower Home Power Hour celebrates 3 years running on KFBK and is now the longest running... Read more

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August 14, 2018: Is electricity from solar any different than from your utility company?

OK, first things first. The Brower Home Power Hour is now into the fourth year of broadcasting and is the longest currently running home energy show on the station. That’s very exciting. The reason a show would last that long is because it works for the listeners in providing them with quality content. Today’s show is no different. Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small get right into it to share ways to get your home into a more efficient operating system.

The first example of a real home situation demonstrates how “solar only” solutions tend to be an overload of panels and waste of money invested. Learn how getting the house “right” first, can reduce the investment in solar panels. Typical process is one panel per 100SF of home. When the home is energy efficient, that matrix changes to one panel per 181sf! You can choose to spend the extra dollars on black panels on your roof or you can take those savings and have them applied to a more comfortable living environment, less panels on the roof and all the benefits of a more efficient home. It’s your choice.

Thermostat, Freon, what’s the issue? Oh, so many more things can impact your systems’ operation. Hear from a frustrated homeowner looking for relief and the next necessary steps when Duane explains what’s happening with challenged A/C systems.

When is one type of electricity different than the other? In other words, does SMUD deliver better electricity than PG&E? NO! The only difference in the product is the pricing. Ironically, the more you buy, the more you pay. There is no discount for volume, for example with PG&E electricity. But the more you use, the higher your cost per kilowatt. If that isn’t a good enough reason to get the house more energy efficient then I have no idea what would constitute making a change.

If you’re looking for a most efficient way to save money on your energy expense, call Brower Mechanical today. Now is the time to begin saving on utility bills. 916-624-0808. On-Line at www.gosmallsolar.com.

August 5, 2018: 40 and 3. What’s the significance? You’ll appreciate the answer.

Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small celebrate a couple of milestones with today’s show. First, the Brower Home Power Hour celebrates 3 years running on KFBK and is now the longest running home energy show on the station. There’s a reason the show has continued to serve the community for this long and part of it is that Brower is also turning 40! 40 years of taking care of your in-home comfort, convenience and health. There’s so much in the show that you’ll learn on any given week and todays’ show does not disappoint.

Are you one of the people who has a marathon AC unit? One that runs and runs and runs as if it’s doing 100 miler? It doesn’t have to. Many times, it’s not the units’ fault that it’s running so much. It’s your house that’s leaking and allowing heat in and cool air out. Yes, that’s a problem. Fix it and save big money. How? Well that’s where you need to listen up. All of your questions are likely going to be answered by listening to the show.

You’re also going to hear a remarkable call in todays’ show that is quite incredible. This is a testament to what you can expect when you deal with Brower. And to help close the show, you can expect a solution by “The Home Energy Pro” as he does a little comfort counseling on how to make it work, short of a divorce! Getting the house right is always going to be a lot cheaper. Heck, save a marriage, cool your home with this simple solution. 

If you’re too hot, your bills are too expensive and your AC is running too long to get the house comfortable, give Brower Mechanical a call. Now is the time. 916-624-0808. On-Line at www.gosmallsolar.com. You’ll be glad you did.

July 29, 2018: Why is flexing your home’s energy not like flexing a muscle?

What’s all this consternation about your energy/utility company calling for voluntary or even mandatory flex alerts? What the heck is a flex alert anyway? It’s surely not pumping your home up for a bodybuilding contest! Find out more when your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small discuss ways to be able to better support your utility’s concerns and help you lower those utility bills when the high heat hits.

Knocking down your utility bills requires looking at the true cost of the project. Consider the rebates, consider the general expense and then be sure to deduct the savings so you can evaluate the true cost of the project. In every case, your net cost out of pocket should go down and if it isn’t, you may want to reconsider your plan. Evaluating the true cost is so much better a way to go then simply throwing solar on the roof. The options are changing so much faster than ever before that you need a professional to help you make the assessment to your best advantage.

So, you’re committed to the changes, to lower utility bills and a cleaner, healthier and more comfortable living environment. But does it help the value of your home now that you’ve made these investments? Absolutely! And now there’s even a mechanism for the appraisal of your home to include the value of your investment. This is really important. Now your energy efficient home is going to have a greater value than your neighbor down the street without energy upgrades. It’s all in today’s show for your benefit.

For details on your “TrueCost”, call Brower Mechanical today. Now is the time to begin saving on utility bills. 916-624-0808. On-Line at www.gosmallsolar.com.

July 22, 2018: The home is perfectly comfortable... but what about the garage?

Listen to Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small as they walk you thru the significance of understanding your utility usage. And why it’s good to know they actually have a kilowatt geek at the showroom to help you plug into the proper socket of this home energy process. One of the more common questions popping up is what about the garage? It’s hot, it’s ruining things stored in the garage, melting grease all over the place and just can’t be good for all the things stored in there. Does the garage impact the house when it’s that hot inside? Of course it does! And while the house is the highest priority, there are ways to get that garage in the whole house energy plan. The clip board audit is a great place to start, move on to the garage and know what you can do as steps along the way. Having that plan together all the way around is really about as good as it gets especially if the garage is a part of that plan. It does matter and it can make a difference in the value of your home as well as the likelihood you’ll enjoy it more. If your home is right with energy efficiency, if you take advantage of the upgrades and rebates, if you do it with professional guidance then you’ve created value, raised the appraisal and put yourself in a position where you may not even have any interest in moving!

Find out how you can make it all work by calling Brower Mechanical today at 916-624-0808 or on line at www.gosmallsolar.com.

July 15, 2018: Who’s the thermostat Scrooge in your home?

The happiest homeowners right now are those with the least expensive utility bills and most comfortable homes in the neighborhood. The most efficiently running home doesn’t have to be new either. In some cases, older homes that have gone thru the retrofitting process to maximize energy can even run less expensively than newer homes. Join your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small today to see what it is they’re talking about.

The big bills are on the way after the first month of high heat. Does that create friction in your house? By the way, friction creates heat so the less the better in the summer, especially when it’s with a spouse! Find out the steps that can be taken to get your house to function like a Yeti cooler. They take very little to ice to keep things cold for a long, long time. Imagine your home set up the same way. Very little AC to keep your home cool for a long, long time. Sealed tight, insulated right will get you into the ideal space where you can estimate 4.5 cents for every square foot of home you’re working to cool. Do that math and see if that’s the case for you. If not, keep listening. If it sounds too good to be true, check it out on-line with your utility company. They want you to make these changes to your home and they’re willing to help pay for it too. That’s how important it is. Really! You’ll learn how on the show. 
Plus, you can make your “anyway money” work for you with a return, not just spend it. Not sure what “anyway money” is? The answer is in the third segment of today’s program. You’ll hear real life examples of what people just like you can do and what steps they took to take advantage of their “anyway” money.

If you’re too hot, your bills are too expensive and your AC is running too long to get the house comfortable, give Brower Mechanical a call. Now is the time. 916-624-0808. On-Line at www.gosmallsolar.com. You’ll be glad you did.

July 8, 2018: Does your home offer the ultimate in comfort? It can if...

Don’t let a simple repair/replace project hold you up from investing in a complete energy upgrade. Why? Well, that’s what Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small address in the show today. Does a home that gives you extraordinary comfort create value? Hear how the appraisal of your home with complete energy upgrades can be quantified and how that happens to show value. And this does not include solar! Could you get a bigger refi? Could you make that PMI go away? That alone might even offset the investment into the project of maximizing the efficiency of the house. Wow. How often does that happen? 
There’s so much in the show today to help you build out that energy plan. Do the comparisons year over year to identify the expense and the changes. Does a documented lower utility bill show value to the appraiser of a home’s value? YOU BET!

Once you’ve made the decision to move in the direction of maximizing your home’s efficiency, you have to explore the rebate options. $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 or more! The process is handled by, you guessed it, your friends at Brower Mechanical. And, even the simplest of options, like a whole house fan, create value. You’ll hear a great testimonial on a referral with a solution that’s hard to believe. How often do you hear a manufacturer refer a vendor? How does the process unfold? It’s quite unique. Electrification of your home is where the industry is headed. The first steps start here. Call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808. On-line at www.gosmallsolar.com.

July 3, 2018: How to celebrate your independence from high utility bills in 9 easy steps.

Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small start the show with an overview of what to expect as the summer heat hits. With the hot holiday just ahead, you’ll also likely appreciate nice showers and frosty beers. Well, that happens with multi-fuel (electricity and gas) but when it comes to options, do you really care about how your water gets heated or beer chilled? Probably not. However, when it comes to cooking with electricity, most prefer that gas burner. Now there truly are options to consider. Induction cooking is faster than gas and you can hear all about it in today’s show. There are very compelling reasons to explore the options. 5 that you can get from today’s show. It’s well worth the effort. Especially if you’re in the market for a new stove or cooktop.

We all love third party references and when the local TV station does a story on maximizing efficiencies in the home as the best first step to reducing utility bills, you have to pay attention. Visit the website to see the complete news story courtesy of KOVR-TV. It will change your perspective on the first and easiest step you can take to minimize your utility expense. As you’ve heard on the show so often, it all starts with the energy audit. And then, you’ll want to take full advantage of all the rebates you can get. How best to do that? Learn from the professionals. Give Brower Mechanical a call today. 916-624-0808. On line at www.gosmallsolar.com.

June 24, 2018: How does your house like sporting that new “Cool Roof”?

Well, you may not quite know what I’m talking about here but cool roofs are one of the options to make your home more energy efficient. Listen as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small start the discussion of home energy efficiency by starting at the very top. And no, all cool roofs are not white! The show takes off from there. Solar, what’s right? How much do you need? Are you asking yourself these questions? Are you worried that you don’t really know what you need to know? Listen up before you do anything. There are many things to consider. Wouldn’t you also agree that your utility likely has a good suggestion on how best to proceed? Check it out at SMUD, PG&E or even Roseville Electric to get the low down on how best to move forward with home energy savings.

And if you’re considering solar, you have to listen to today’s show as there’s so much information on how to do solar right. Even national financial experts suggest home energy efficiency as the first step to take before solar. Lastly, so many options exist on how to take full advantage of the support that comes from different opportunities for your energy. You’re not going to ever pay off your utility company, however, if you do make the moves, you will pay off your utility expense at some point in time. It’s a loan that has a finite expense vs a utility company that as a recurring expense forever. To get more information and learn about how to do things right for your home energy expense reduction, call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808. On-line at www.gosmallsolar.com.

June 17, 2018: The new look of electricity for your home .... shocking!

Join your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small as todays conversation compares the way things have been in home utility for the past 40 years to where we’re headed. Has the technology kept up to the same degree that the automotive industry has? One look around at panels on roofs tells that story. A house with old solar looks pretty darn much the same as a new house with solar. But a Tesla by comparison to a car even 5 years old, well, that’s a different story and that’s the story today’s show tells.

The good news is looks aren’t everything. Smart Meters can tell a great story for your energy consumption and you hardly know they’re there. Your behavior in the home dictates the energy usage and each home is uniquely different. Again, while not visible, software is now tracking everything that consumes energy and has the ability to help homeowners adjust the way things are operated. Special software is now available to PG&E customers for free from Brower Mechanical. It’s a great first step to developing your home energy plan. Knowledge is everything and the more you know how energy is impacting your expense, the more likely you’ll be able to do something about it and bring your home into the 21st century. If you’re familiar with the show, you know about the Clip Board Audit. It’s a Brower original that gives you an overall analysis of your home to help you begin the process of identifying a home energy plan or update. If nothing else, you’ll learn how you’re consuming energy and what you can do to minimize consumption to save money. That’s definitely a step toward the future!

There are many ways to minimize your utility costs and if you’re uncertain about how all this energy detail works, you’ll learn by reaching out to those who know. Give Brower Mechanical a call today. 916-624-0808. On line www.gosmallsolar.com.

June 11, 2018: Thermostat fear managed here. Listen for the cure.

Love your home, but hate your utility expense? Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small tackle the elements you need to explore to reduce that energy expense you so loathe. Solar alone, or even first is not the answer. So how do you do it right? “Reduce before you produce”. You’re hearing it a lot now. What’s that really mean? A good start is to talk to an educated professional. Not a salesperson. Somebody like you’ll find at the Brower Energy Exploratorium in Rocklin. This showroom has it all and demonstrations of the products at work as well.

But, if you can’t get to the showroom, start with a free clipboard audit ... why not? Wouldn’t you prefer the same with your home as you would your car? Of course you would! Start the process with an analysis and diagnosis. Then you’re on your way to a better solution.

Now that you have some information, understanding the diagnosis before you get a prescription is next. You do have the opportunity to get it right before you act. An efficient use of solar will yield about 150 to 170 SF of home per solar panel. Hear the real live case studies Duane shares on the savings vs the expense of two homes in similar neighborhoods. It’s astounding.

Reducing before producing does more than just save you money, it can actually earn you money. Use the clipboard audit as your guide. Upgrades can be done in steps. One at a time with the utilities supporting the process with rebates. Build confidence in your ability to afford the utility bills. Small A/C, small energy consumption means small solar options as well. 
For more on how you can save by investing properly, give Brower Mechanical a call today. 916-624-0808. On line at www.gosmallsolar.com.

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