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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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A well-tuned and efficiently running air conditioner should be quiet. So if yours is making an unusual noise of any kind, you’ll want to get to the root of it and have it repaired. Not only will you... Read more
Happy Easter! And in an oddity of sorts, it's also April fools day. Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small have some good info in the show today that you can use as water cooler fodder. Like... Read more

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April 1, 2018: No bunnies, but big Brower is hoppin' in to reduce your utility expense!

Happy Easter! And in an oddity of sorts, it's also April fools day. Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small have some good info in the show today that you can use as water cooler fodder. Like what percentage of people actually pull an April fool joke on somebody. You'll be surprised. After a little light hearted entry to the essence of the show, you'll learn about the value and savings you can realize from 
Dual fuel systems to heat and cool your home. Or how about the top three questions people ask about when it comes to home energy? I'll give you them:
What kind of Air filters should I get?
Why is my AC running all the time in the summer?
Why is our energy bill so high?
If you listen regularly to the show, you'll literally be able to answer each of those questions all by yourself. The guys have a little fun presenting the significance of sealing your house tightly to save on leaking air...coming in and going out.
And here's an "about time" discussion you'll find today...
How to be sure the appraised value for your home is given when you do a whole house value add. Especially if you’re selling your home! If you have a documented high performing home, Brower will give you a full report for the appraisal and the values it represents. Only one of 18 contractors in the country are capable of doing this sort of process to mandate the realtor uses this information for greater value. If that isn't just one more reason to give Brower Mechanical a call, I don't know what else it would take! Call 916-624-0808 or on line at www.gosmallsolar.com

March 25, 2018: Ducks in your ceiling? No! Make that duct sealing instead.

Duct sealing, not ducks in your ceiling! Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small, your show hosts, get into both the misunderstanding of what you hear, vs what was said, or what you think you heard, on today's show. Like the sentence about duct sealing. Sounds like ducks in the ceiling but nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, it's about how much air you may be losing to leaky ducts. The expense is something to quack about for sure. Could you save? Yes, and you'll learn how by listening. Ducts tested can determine how much is leaking out and therefore how much energy can be saved. Then you know the gap to save on energy usage. 


You'll also learn how much solar a whole house fan can really save you. There are important questions to ask so you don’t overspend or miss the point of what it is you’re trying to accomplish. And yes, a whole house fan can also be your primary cooling device. That’s a huge savings! 


There's all that and more in today's show that gets you that much closer to taking the right steps, making the right moves to get your home as energy efficient as it can be. For more information, call Brower Mechanical today at 916-624-0808 or visit on line at www.gosmallsolar.com

March 18, 2018: Create a little of your own luck and save a bit o' green on your home energy costs!

Happy St. Patty's day! It's your lucky day too because your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small are going to help you save some green. As in Benjamins. Real dough. Big money. Listen to today's stories to learn how you can reduce before you produce, get your home energy upgrade rebates and get your home right by starting with the all important clip board audit. You'll also hear about Duane's trip to the Consumer Electronics Show and the Connected or "Smart" home options available to you today. Did you know Google receives over 700 calls a month just from Sacramento from people wanting help with their smart home thermostats! That's a lot of people getting smarter houses and saving energy for sure. And that's what you'll learn more about when you listen to the show as well. For more information you can always call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808 or visit www.gosmallsolar.com.

March 11, 2018: How does the time change affect your energy consumption?

OK, so we took a little liberty with that headline. The spring ahead on your clock only means you're one hour closer to the summer's heat and if your home energy system isn't right, well, you're going to be uncomfortable very soon. Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small engage in an interesting and valuable discussion about new opportunities on the "go small solar" web site in tandem with the Energy Exploratorium, Brower Mechanicals exclusive showroom. You can now request videos of the showroom to see what it's all about before you come in! It couldn't be more simple to learn about the steps to reduce before you produce and save thousands on your home energy upgrades. You'll hear anecdotal case studies, learn about why batteries in your smoke detectors seem to always fail in the middle of the night and what some of the best steps to take now to prepare for the summer heat should be. And to insure your level of confidence in what you'll hear on the show, you'll be directed to your utility company to verify that what you hear today is echoed by both SMUD and PG&E. Yes, even the utility companies want you to reduce before you produce and save thousands on your home energy improvements. Learn your options by calling Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808 or on line at www.gosmallsolar.com

March 4, 2018: Home energy Show and Tell where you're always the winner.

There are times when the visual element benefits the investment process even if you're not going to be looking at that purchase on a regular basis. Listen to your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small as they give vivid descriptions and share where you can visit the full "Show and Tell" at the Brower Exploratorium...or showroom if you prefer. Only Brower Mechanical has a place where you can see HOW the energy savings work for your home. Whole house fans, pool pumps, attic insulation and solar panels converge in one space giving you a real look at the major investment you're about to make. This is not a sales pitch, and there's no push. It's fun and you'll learn a ton.


Can't make it out to the showroom? Request a video on the website. Want a second opinion from a third party? How about visiting your Utility provider website? They all recommend the process of "Reduce before you Produce". That's the mantra of energy savings from Brower Mechanical. To get some of the best trained people in the business to help with your decision, simply visit Brower Mechanical at www.gosmallsolar.com. Or call 916-624-0808

February 25, 2018: How to build a gold medal home energy plan today!

Like an Olympian, even the simplest processes require a plan and process. Do you have one for you home's energy efficiency? Listen in as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small address the necessity of mapping things out for the best result. Simple things you may not even have considered. Like what type of attic insulation do you have?


Have you had a remodel that may have poked holes in your ceiling, like swiss cheese? Those are all leaks into, not out of, your home. Surprised? If you knew of a company that was responsible for helping people plan for savings on utility bills, would you be interested in talking to them? What about over $3 million dollars in total rebates for their customers? Got your attention now? And that's not at all addressing the savings totals from reduced utility bills either! The single most important thing you can do for energy efficiency and utility savings starts in one space in the house and works it's way out from there. The start to your gold medal plan is waiting for your ears to listen and your body to act on hearing today's show. Save money and time when you call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808 or visit them on line at www.gosmallsolar.com. There's no time like the present to begin.

February 18, 2018: Black Mold and ghosts in the same house?

Bet that headline gets your attention. First off, you don't want either in your home and secondly, your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small actually address both in a great dialogue in today's show. And...there's a fix for one or both. Depending, of course, on what kind of ghosts you have. But there's more.
So, you're probably remotely aware that air carries sound, so, think about what that means if you have air leaks all over your house! Yup. Noise. And how to solve both issues for a healthier living environment? Well, I would give away a good portion of the show if I told you.
In addition to that, you'll also learn how solar really makes a difference in your home's value. The actual return you can get on your solar investment is directly related to the value and appraisal of your home when it comes time to sell. That is, provided it is an "owned" system and not a leased system. How do you know what the best way to go is when it comes to solar? Well, be sure to give a listen and then call or visit Brower Mechanical today. 916-624-0808 or www.gosmall solar.com

February 11, 2018: Do you have friends named Siri, Alexa or Hey Google?

OK, maybe you figured it out and knew right away that those are the names of the three big companies smart (or not so smart)assistants. Apple, Amazon and Google, respectively. But what has that got to do with what your show hosts are talking about today? Well, after Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small get thru the real life case studies from customers attempting to do their own work and realizing that was the wrong thing to do, the last segment of the show deals with the significance of artificial intelligence and how it's changing household efficiency. Duane has some great stories from the Consumer Electronics Show and Bill knows just the inquisitive questions to ask!
More importantly though, is what a very satisfied customer has to say about how attic insulation created a situation he couldn't believe. Yes, the house stayed warmer in winter and cooler in summer but beyond that, beyond the noticeable quiet, beyond the lower utility bills, wait until you hear what happened the first time he left the wood-burning stove on while they went shopping.
Learn how you can experience similar results by doing things right by starting with the first call or digital inquiry. Call Brower Mechanical today at 916-624-0808 or on line at www.gosmallsolar.com.

February 4, 2018: Duane and Bill are set for a Super Showdown day! Are you?

The big game is today and it's sure to be an interesting one; just like the show your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small have planned. Four full quarters of energy savings information, efficiency and in home health and comfort.

No fumbles here. You'll score big savings when you listen in. Just like the big game requires planning, so should your process to assess your homes energy upgrades. Get the game plan going with the "Clip Board Audit" to identify who the players are going to be to lead you to a successful outcome. Winning in home energy, efficiency and comfort is as rewarding as your team winning the game. And the outcome lasts a whole lot longer too! Don't fumble around or toss incompletions by trying to do things on your own. Let the professional coaches from Brower Mechanical start you on your training regimen to a winning season of energy efficiency and lower utility bills. You call the shots. Do a quarterback sneak or end around the rate increases from PG&E and SMUD. Win the game of utility expense and energy efficiency. Call Brower today at 916-624-0808 or online at www.gosmallsolar.com.

January 28, 2018: Healthy Home Tips to Fight the Flu

The flu bug is something serious this year. Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill small introduce you to some of the steps to take to prevent germs and allergens from invading your home and impacting you or your family's health. Filtration is not the fix. It will help but be sure to listen to the guidance of Dr. Tom Hopkins as he walks you thru some of the precautions you can take to a healthier living environment. Yes, you know some: Eat right, sleep, cleanliness in the home and plenty of hand washing. Take some notes if you will, as the primary concern is your health and the ways a Brower home energy upgrade can impact your physical well being as well as the comfort of your living environment.


You'll also hear from a very satisfied homeowner who made the full energy upgrade, complete with small solar and full rebates from SMUD and PG&E. The story gets good when the evaluation of the differing proposals went from tens of thousands of dollars and 40+ solar panels to less than 30 panels and savings of tens of thousands of dollars. All because of the patience and the interest in doing it right and getting a complete home energy audit.
As an added bonus, if you're interested in getting a pamphlet on the steps for flu and allergy prevention, just give Brower Mechanical a call at 916-624-0808 or email us from the website, www.gosmallsolar.com. Stay healthy!

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