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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

September 24, 2017: Leak and lose. It's your attics' fault.

Oh boy. Now you're beginning to see that leaks don't always refer to something in a pipe! Listen in as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small reflect on some of the more significant issues that occur in a home to cause it to burn those energy dollars. (Hint: it starts in the attic.) In addition, you'll hear why you may want to visit the Brower Mechanical Showroom/Exploratorium. It's been the topic now of several shows as it's that important to understand what it is you're really going to have installed in your home. Most importantly though, as you'll hear, is the significance of what happens in the attic. And when you visit the showroom, yup, there's a demonstration before and after attic there for you to see. There's so much more to the process than just adding solar to your roof and you can vet what you'll hear on the show by simply visiting the website of your utility service. Check out what SMUD and P,G & E have to say about getting the house right before, yes, before you consider solar. It really is that important as you're talking about thousands of dollars back in your pocket. As always, the guys at Brower are the trusted resource and you'll hear that from a very satisfied customer call in. What a show. Don't miss it. Take notes. It's that good.

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You'll be glad you did.

September 17, 2017: How do these energy savings things work, anyway?

Going thru the process of reducing before producing and getting the house right before you do solar is a mainstay of both the show and your utility company. Don't take our word for it though, check it out for yourself. See what SMUD and P,G & E say about the proper process and steps to take before you go solar. Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small really drill down on that process on today's show; All the way to actually suggesting you "experience" the equipment you may be using as you upgrade your home's energy system. That's right. Touch it, feel it, hear it run and do it's thing. There's nothing like the real deal and there's also nothing like being disappointed when you buy something that turns out to be different from what you expected. This is a big investment. Know what you're getting. Hear a whole house fan run. Listen and watch how the new variable speed pool pumps function. Touch and see the differences of various style solar panels. How? Visit the Brower Mechanical showroom/exploratorium. It's all part of helping you make a better decision on your investment and no, there are no salespeople there. Only home energy experts to answer your questions and help you make an informed decision to saving money on your utility bills. You wouldn't buy a new car without a test drive would you? 

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September 10, 2017: Smoke is in the air. Is it in your home?

We're on fire. Literally. It's fire season and there are wildfires producing unhealthy breathing conditions across the state. Days on end of "Spare the Air" and don't go out after 3p if you can avoid it. But, what about the air in your home? Is it smokey too? The answer is some degree. Today's show really takes a look at how proper energy reduction in the home also cleans the air in the house as well. It becomes a healthier environment to live in as a result. How? Of course, that's what you'll listen to the show for as Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small discuss the options, but one key element is the attic. Look up at your ceiling. See all those can lights, speakers, sprinklers and vents? They all leak air into the house from the outside. So you smell smoke? Now you know why! Unless your home has received the energy upgrades talked about in the show, it's likely you're leaking outside air into your home. Yes, that includes the smoke and dust too. Asthma could also be aggravated even by staying inside. And those expensive air filters from the big box stores, forget it. They're not going to do what you need them to do until you seal the leaks up first. There are so many benefits to getting your house sealed tight and operating right when it comes to home energy consumption that it behooves you to give the guys at Brower Mechanical a call. They'll do a free clip board audit and get you started on your way to a healthier home that's less expensive to run. Call 916-624-0808 today or visit on-line at Enjoy the show!

September 3, 2017: Is your home laboring to keep you comfortable?

Listen today as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small discuss the value of efficiency in the operation of your home's energy systems. If you're thinking about solar, find out how you can actually use less panels and save money by having your home operating at peak efficiency. You can even get a built in reduction of energy consumption when you install solar with Brower as you'll have a choice of a variable speed pool pump, whole house fan or energy efficient water heater further reducing your need for solar panels! Solar is a misguided message from so many and the best way to evaluate the need for your situation is to really do a clip board audit or home energy assessment. And don't take our word for it. Check it out on your own utility websites. They clearly endorse reducing before producing. Get your home running at it's peak energy efficiency FIRST and then get your solar requirements put together. That's doing solar right and reducing the need for additional and expensive panels on your roof. Like your car, things need to be tuned up, running correctly and it needs to be done by professionals. Solar tax credit for 2017 is coming to an end so you have to act now if you want to get solar done in time. Don't put it off any longer. Call Brower Mechanical today. 916-624-0808 or on line at

August 27, 2017: Home Solar: The right way vs "a" way

Yes, there really is a right way to do solar and if you need a third party to convince you, check out your utility website. It's likely you'll see it there as well. Both SMUD and P,G&E have it posted right there for all the world to see. So, you ask, why don't the big solar guys do it that way? Because that's all they do is solar, silly! Listen to your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small as they walk thru the critical path of doing solar the right way. Not just "a" way. True to the suggestion of the utility company's, you can be sure that starting with an assessment is absolutely going to get you on the right path to solar. You'll even hear how solar could possibly heat your home in the winter how to take full advantage of all the rebates you would have coming when you do it right. Remember if you reduce before you produce, you'll save thousands on solar panels! To find out more about the RIGHT WAY to do solar, give the small solar experts at Brower Mechanical a call. 916-624-0808 or visit them on-line at

August 20, 2017: Please don't let this show offend you... it's really a prescription to health.

Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small got a bit creative with the show today in it's analogy to a healthy human. If your home is in need of triage, this is the show for you. From a healthy assessment of the vital signs to the need for surgical removal of the equipment robbing you of quality air for breathing, your home has as much heart as you do. Electricity is the life blood of any home and the more it wastes, the greater it's consumption. It becomes critical when the consumption is so excessive as to literally make you as sick as the house when you open that bill! The good news is there's a treatment for your ailing home and the first place to start is with the good home energy docs at Brower. Get that free clip board audit immediately before something bad happens. Check out your options at the Brower showroom before you decide on the proper procedures. Let Brower give you that second opinion on how to best solve your problems. It may not be what you've been told by those other quacks. Call Brower today at 916-624-0808 or visit them on-line at

Congratulations! You can breathe easier now. It's going to be all right.

August 13, 2017: Simple steps to insure a smaller utility bill than mortgage payment!

Start out with this thought...How many times have you seen the house with so many solar panels on the roof you would think it was an industrial factory? Don't be that house! Listen to your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small to see how you can be sure you're not that house. Start with the Clip Board Audit. That alone could save you enough on solar panel reduction to buy a new car! It's that important to get the whole house right, not just doing solar. You'll hear from a customer who had several neighbors refer him to Brower. What better way to review that mortgage payment and be sure your utility bills aren't outpacing the mortgage? It's happening in many areas and there's a simple solution. Call Brower Mechanical today. 916-624-0808
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August 6, 2017: When does maximizing actually minimize? It does on Solar!

OK, so the headline got your attention. We sure hope so because when you maximize the efficiency of your home's energy systems, you minimize the number of solar panels you need on your roof...and each panel saves you roughly $1000 per. Don't take our word for it though. Visit Kenny in the showroom to find out how and why this happens by developing a plan first, before you make any decisions. See, touch and hear what new energy systems look and sound like to help you make a better more informed decision about this lifetime investment you're about to make. We've done the homework for you. Now all that's necessary is a free clip board audit to best ascertain the proper and most efficient way to go for your energy upgrades. And, we'll do all the homework for your specific situation to tell you what the energy upgrades mean in rebates from SMUD and PGE too! It's that simple. Reduce before you produce and learn the proper process by trusting Brower Mechical to do it. Reduce before you produce and it's a promise, you will same money on your solar investment next. Find out more today by calling Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808. On line at Start saving today!

July 30, 2017: Creating a plan to save on your solar investment. Here's how...

You've heard it before I'm sure but just in case: "If you're failing to plan, you're planning to fail". It's not new but it still rings true. Todays show really focuses on the value of that home energy plan to get you on the right track to the best home energy plan vs a solar only option. There are many other ways to go about reducing or eliminating your home energy electric bill besides just solar and the more you evaluate your options, the better your plan is going to be. Same result. You set that goal but your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small walk you through the best way to get the desired result today and to do it the most efficient way. You may not have all the money to accomplish the goal in one process, that's fine. You may find you may not even need solar yet. "How is that you ask?" With a free clipboard audio. The assessor performing that audit is not even capable of selling you anything so no need to worry about a strong sales pitch. Never happens that way with Brower Mechanical. However, you will get an upfront analysis and solution driven report that meets your goals along with an estimate of what it would take to make it happen. Don't do nothing and wish you had. Do something and be glad you did. For more information on how it all works, including setting an appointment, call Brower today. 916-624-0808. Or on-line at

July 23, 2017: Is the lifeblood of your home hemorrhaging? Listen for the tourniquet!

OK, so your home isn't literally leaking vital fluids all over the place but it may be "leaking" all sorts of energy related expense and costing you a fortune with your utility. In today's show, your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small help you identify ways to literally wrap a tourniquet around those leaks by properly identifying them. Especially since the utilities are eager to charge you when you need your service the most with new "Time of Use" pricing. Really. You'll learn more about solar assessments and how to get your home right before you make the solar choice that could save you tens of thousands of dollars if done properly. OK, how, you ask? Listen and learn how to start with a Brower Mechanical exclusive: the Clip Board Audit. One experience of those results and you'll know where you want to go. You'll surely understand "Reduce before you Produce" a whole lot better once you've gone through the exercise. It's all about saving money and getting started. Keep your blood pressure lower knowing your utility bill is predictable, as well as, keeping your home's lifeblood electricity flowing at a much slower and more managed rate. Beat the energy bills of high cooling expense by letting Brower Mechanical help. Call today, 916-624-0808 or visit on line at