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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

July 16, 2017: Is your home sipping energy like you would a fine wine?

Gastronomic delights aside, your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small want to be sure your home is on a proper diet and not some gluttonous energy pig; Especially in the high temp zone the market is currently experiencing. How you go about proper portion size is what this show is all about. Right sizing your homes' mechanical devices like A/C and pool pumps is certainly one way to get started but why not let a professional do a complete assessment to be sure what you feed your home is in the best interest of both its' health and your expense? Great case studies are also discussed for you to hear it really does work. Like Goldilocks, there really is a "just right". More often than not, you'll even find a smaller portion of solar can be more efficient when the entire process has been done correctly from start to finish. We all know what happens with too much of a good thing, so explore the Brower concept of less is more and reduce before you produce by calling the professionals today. That's Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808. On line at

July 9, 2017: Selecting Solar Solutions that Save!

OK, yeah, you've heard it all before. Solar saves you money. But really, how can it save you money when those 30 panels on your roof are going to cost you over $35K? Here's how. Listen to this show. Every week if you can but especially this one today. Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small are all over it. Case studies, heating with electricity...water and home. Even cooking with electricity on the new high efficiency electric stoves. Did you know there are even dual fuel products out there to take advantage of the most efficient means at the time of use. You likely would not go out and get a bigger tank if your car was only getting 10 miles to the gallon. You might look at ways to get better mileage, like new tires or a tune up. Well, that's the whole principal application for "Reducing before Producing". Learn what that really means and how it applies to you today. Or for more information, you can always call Brower Mechanical and get the straight scoop on how best to accomplish your home energy objectives. They'll even help you come up with the right questions to ask... and then answer them for you too! Call today for your solar value. 916-624-0808 or on line at You'll be glad you did!

July 2, 2017: Celebrate energy independence this fourth of July!

If the recent heat wave held your house hostage and didn't really let you cool it down properly, today's show will address some of the reasons why and some of the solutions you have to make sure that doesn't happen again. Join Duane Knickerbocker of Brower Mechanical and Bill Small as they discuss how you can win the battle for energy Independence this holiday weekend. One of the first steps? Get the right size air conditioning unit for your home. And the big surprise here is that most likely, that means a smaller unit, not larger! Doesn't make sense does it? That's exactly why you have to listen. Find out why, and how that leads to what small solar really means as well. It's not about smaller solar panels but less of them done correctly. Peak efficiency is a term you'll know inherently after listening. Sleep better at night knowing you've got the most efficient elements in your homes' interior air management for a healthier, more comfortable and affordable living environment. For more information, call Brower today @ 916-624-0808 or on line at Special thanks to all those who continue to work to keep our country independent and protect us both at home and abroad securing our freedom.

June 25, 2017: How do clean ducks save energy?

Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small are humored every time this topic comes up as it is confusing and sounds even more confusing. It’s DUCTS, not DUCKS yet every time, there’s a question about what “ducks” have to do with home energy! Now that we’ve got that clarified, clean ducts may not have anything to do with energy savings. That’s right, you’ll hear all the pros and cons and why paying that money for duct cleaning could be one of the biggest wastes of money you can make in your homes interior air. You’ll also hear examples of what people got out of the duct cleaning experience. Clean ducks are one thing but duct cleaning is a totally different animal. Now that we have that behind us, you’ll also hear about the benefits of the Brower Mechanical free home energy seminars, the clip board audit that gives you the overview of what your home energy savings may be with an energy upgrade to more efficient operation and actual case studies from installations like you may be considering. Finally, while you may want to “duck” the need to do something, doing nothing is only going to cost you. Find out HOW you can actually make the necessary things happen to your home to be a short term and long term benefit across the board. Call Brower Mechanical today at 916-624-0808 or visit them on line at It’s well worth your time.

June 18, 2017: Do you have utility predictability?

Take in today’s discussion on the Brower Home Power Hour as Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small banter the benefits of technology and what it can do for home energy consumption. (It’s huge!) There’s an app for this and an app for that when it comes to monitoring what’s going on in the house as well as options from your utility company as well. You’ll get an up-close glimpse into what’s coming soon and how the apps and monitoring can really benefit you on a daily basis. If solar is a consideration for your home, you’ll want to be sure to pay attention as what you know up front can save you tons on the back side of things when it comes to numbers of solar panels. Less really is more! Real case studies from homeowners in very similar situations help round out the stories of success in managing home energy properly for the most efficient result; a more affordable, comfortable and healthier home living environment. And, you’ll learn what options you have for financing the projects you choose from a variety of sources. In most cases, the cost of the project financed is less than the current energy expenditure! Why would you not take advantage of it immediately??? For more information on what you can do to make your home the best it can be, give Brower Mechanical a call today…916-624-0808 or visit The savings are worth the time!

June 11, 2017: The big chill. Aqua Chill cooling and how to get it for free…and a little more!

Listen closely as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small take you on a guided tour of home energy options as we enter the season of required cooling. For most, this is the expensive part of the year but yes, you could be one of the lucky homeowners dancing to the music from the movie “The Big Chill” when you hear what’s in store for you this show. 
You may have “Heard it through the Grapevine” that there was a bargain to be had if you live in PGE territory. If you’re one of the fortunate homeowners to act on the information you’ll hear today about your home’s energy efficiency, you could be belting out “Joy to the World” from your rooftop. No more “Tracks of my tears” for you when it comes to paying that summer utility bill. Your neighbors will be saying they “Ain’t too proud to beg” to get the information you’ll have to share with what you’ve learned by listening today. Think about it, lower summer utility bills and the expense of the Aqua Chill outside unit covered by the utility company that you’ll be sending less money to in the months and years ahead. That will certain earn ya some “Good lovin” from the family. “I second that emotion!”. For more information from your home energy experts focused on the affordability, comfort and health in your home, be sure to call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808 or on line at

June 4, 2017: How to pay off your utility company… just like a car loan or mortgage!

Paying off your utility company sounds interesting doesn’t it? Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small get into a great discussion today that really demonstrates how you can pay off your utility company vs simply paying your utility company every month. The discussion includes home energy efficiencies identified through a simple and free Clip Board Audit to take you to the next level and one step closer to no longer paying, but paying off your utility company. How cool would that be? This is not a load the roof with solar but really, quite the opposite. How can you minimize the amount of solar by getting the home properly equipped for energy efficiency? That’s what makes the difference and will allow you to literally pay yourself down to no power bill, if that’s your objective. A home energy plan is the first place to start to identify if it makes sense for you to pay off that utility company and end up with a healthier, more comfortable and affordable living environment. Plus, you’ll hear how you can get your choice of attic insulation, a new water heater or a whole house fan with a solar installation. For more information on how to pay off your utility company, call Brower Mechanical today at 916-624-0808 or visit on line You’ll be glad you did!

May 28, 2017: Is something trapped in your attic and costing you a fortune?

The answer to today’s headline is …absolutely YES! Listen as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small guide you thru the attic maze of opportunity to get your home to be a more efficient consumer of energy. Seal it tight to get it right. That may give you a bit of a clue to the nature of the biggest step you can take in energy management for your home. But, there’s much more to it than just sealing. Why is it costing you a fortune anyway? Hmmm. Does a whole house fan do more today than just drowning out the dinner conversation? You bet! And it helps with those issues in the attic. Only for the right people though. There are lots of things to consider in the process of your home energy plan. Get help. Get a free Clip Board Audit to kick the process off and begin the journey of identifying and planning your energy consumption future. It’s in your control and it really does start from above. Yes, take that as you wish. High energy bills are something everyone prays for to go away! Brower Mechanical can help. 916-624-0808 or on-line at

May 21, 2017: Does your energy bill fit you like a great suit?

Health, Comfort and Affordability are the buzzwords for the future when it comes to home energy and they also happen to be the specialty of your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small. This is exactly what the Brower Home Power Hour is all about and solar is the biggest item in the discussion more often than not. Knowing how to do solar right however, is the key and that’s the tenet of todays’ show. Hear from our non-profit resource, Jack Frost of the California Home Energy retrofit Project, about free seminars to help you learn the most about your home energy situation and steps you can take to maximize rebates and increase the efficiency of your home’s energy systems. Your energy bill should be as comfortable as a good fitting suit, not one that makes you feel like you’re wearing something dated, too big or too small or simply not comfortable. Your energy bill should look like a compliment to your good planning each month. Just the compliments you get when you look “mahvelous” as Billy Crystal would say! Don’t be fooled by other companies that parade salesmen in masquerade to assess your home energy systems. Visit a trusted source to make your home energy efficiency look as good as you would trust a great tailor to your looking good. Really. It is that important. Do the homework it takes to have a lifetime of affordable comfort and health. It’s something you’ll never regret as the benefits outweigh the liabilities. Brower Mechanical is the master tailor of home energy efficiency sewing the most efficient and affordable fabrics of technology together for the energy plan that suits you best. Call them today at 916-624-0808. On-line at

May 14, 2017: The cost of doing nothing could be more than the cost of doing something!

Join your hosts Bill Small and Duane Knickerbocker to learn why you're better off doing something to reduce your home energy costs versus doing nothing and suffering a consequence of higher bills and less efficiency. Now is the time to act to do something to help move your energy expense downward and improve your living environment upward. Things as simple as heating your water and lighting your home make a difference in energy consumption. You'll also hear about options for your energy education via webinar, seminar or simply a "Clip Board Audit", courtesy of Brower Mechanical. It's the quickest way to a home energy audit. You may even want the tactile experience of seeing, touching and hearing how the energy saving items for your home actually operate by visiting the Energy Exploratorium in Rocklin. It's free, it's fun and you'll learn a ton! For more information call Brower Mechanical today at 916-624-0808 or on line at