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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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Radio Show Archive

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

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

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, Stay healthy!

January 21, 2018: Home energy efficiency, Why Wait?

New year's resolutions gone bad. That's what happens every year when it comes to making commitments and executing on the goal. Lose weight, exercise more, do this, do that. Yada, yada, yada. We all know. Listen as your host Duane Knickerbocker of Brower Mechanical and Bill Small address the "tomorrow" syndrome and hammer home why you don't want to wait unless you like being either really cold or uncomfortably hot. Local utility bills ARE going up. Period. So why pay more to get less? Guess what? If you wait for something to happen, it will! Take control of the situation and let the home energy pro's help you make a plan with a purpose. Be proactive. Give Brower Mechanical a call today and start the process with a free Clip Board Audit to get you started on your way to greater efficiency and lower utility bills. 916-624-080 or on line at

January 14, 2018: The Proactive Plan and Project Pipeline to lower utility bills!

Oh boy, do they go off today. Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small drill into the solar only sellers with demonstrating with data support, that failing to plan your home's energy upgrade is planning to fail...and fail big. Like thousands of extra dollars up front and an equal amount of money over time as well. Big house does not mean big solar and there are plenty of examples in the show about why. Did you know you can heat your home with solar? How about energy independence. Listen and you'll hear how one family whittled the energy cord down to a few fine strands. And the big story...don't be fooled by service scams. Learn how you can prevent being taken to the cleaners on scare tactic sales processes. The real life story could have been a $10,000 dollar mistake. Lastly, if you're not sure what "anyway money" is, you'll learn. It's all in the show today exclusively as a product from your friends at Brower Mechanical. For more information call 916-624-0808 or visit on line at

January 7, 2018: Did holiday lighting give you hangover bills?

If your holiday lighting extravaganza left you with a utility bill hangover of Griswold proportions, your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small are happy to share some options to get things back in check. You don't want to go through the year worrying about the rising SMUD and PGE rates and especially not when the summer rolls around. But now, more importantly than anything, is to be sure you've got all your ducks in a row to insure your best plans are executed. Is the house right? Is the attic sealed tight? Don't let the utilities take a bite. Does it all affect your sight? OK, OK enough. The humor is trite. In any event, case studies and suggestions to prepare for the season ahead are what you'll hear today as well as a return of our CHERP home energy buddy, ol' Jack Frost. And with a little bit of chill still to come, he's the right guy to share his experience with reducing consumption before producing that energy. Reduce before you produce, we say. As always, you'll get more out of the show than you could ever expect. And with that will come questions, so be sure to get them answered by calling Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808 or on line at


It's the last weekend of the year and an opportunity for everyone to spend some time with friends and family, take a look at the year prior and the improvements to made for the year ahead and general time to simply take a deep breath before it starts over again. From your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small, have a wonderfully happy new years holiday and here's to a healthy and prosperous 2018.

...and if home energy savings, efficiency and in-home comfort are on your resolutions list, you know who to call. Brower Mechanical @ 916-624-0808. On-line at

December 24, 2017: Making Santa proud...and comfy too!

A show to remember! Or quickly forget. The highlight is the culmination of a years worth of discussions and home energy tips sung to the tune of the 12 days of Christmas guessed it, your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small. While you'll be entertained and informed with the performance, there's still a lot more to make Santa ho-ho-ho in this holiday show. You'll want to listen up as the discussion of comfort is a huge topic of the conversation and who do you want to be most comfortable of all? He's just around the corner! Have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and the best of times with friends and family. And if you're not that comfortable and cozy inside, you know who to call; Brower Mechanical, 916-624-0808, on-line at

December 17, 2017: Does how it LOOKS on my roof matter?

Listen in today as your two svelte co-hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small discuss the myriad of options one has to make regarding any of the home energy products. They can range from specifically colored insulation to a more contemporary solar panel. Surprisingly, looks DO matter for some homeowners when it comes to what goes on or into their homes. And when that is an item of demand, you can be sure the manufacturers come up with supply! Too often, however, you don't get the ability to see your energy efficiency improvement products in advance. You just assume they're good and go with it. Well, now you can see, touch, feel and hear how your products are going to be when they show up to your home. The Brower Mechanical Home Energy Exploratorium is a mini me of the average home shown with various types of products that you get to actually experience before you purchase. If you're one of the people for whom "looks matter", you're going to love the showroom...and make a better more educated choice when it comes to your home energy decisions as well. Check it out on-line @ or call Brower Mechanical today at 916-64-0808.

December 10, 2017: When a promise can't be broken

OK, it's an odd question in relationship to a home energy program but listen to find out how your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small navigate some of the issues the industry is plagued with. How many times have you "felt" that what you were being told, or worse yet, being sold just didn't feel right? It happens in every industry and HVAC/SOLAR is no different. Trust is the most significant element of the process to confirm your investment. That's why when Duane speaks of a guaranteed return, he expects to see it in writing. When you do an energy retrofit to reduce your bill, what's that really mean? A "promise" of lower utility bills is easy to make. Putting that promise in writing as a guarantee takes a lot more confidence and knowledge to be able to commit to it. And would a commitment from a startup company or a commitment from a 30 year old company mean more to you? Easy call. There's so much more to what you'll learn in today's show but to get the tools to earn the commitment, give Brower Mechanical a call at 916-624-0808 or visit on line at Promise yourself you will!