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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

May 7, 2017: Free A/C without solar? Learn how here!

Join your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small as they share the newest incentive for those of you in PGE utility areas regarding cooling your home. Aqua Chill is an energy efficient cooling system being offered FREE to qualifying homeowners. Learn what it's all about, what you need to qualify and what it will mean to your utility expense. There's nothing better than FREE!. You'll also learn how a FREE "Clip Board Audit" can help you identify the next best steps to take in reducing you energy bill, what the utility companies are willing to rebate and how to make the choice that's most efficient first. Finally, enjoy the short discussion on our energy grid, arguably originated by Nikola Tesla and some fun facts on electricity. As always, you'll learn why energy efficiency is the requisite move before considering solar. For more details call 916-624-0808 or visit

April 30, 2017: When going BIG ain't necessarily better: The solar conundrum.

Big may not be better when it comes to your homes energy needs. Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small dig deep into the recesses of your house to demonstrate the value and process of downsizing your home's energy needs and consequently, expense. This show demonstrates the why and how you can reduce consumption, maximize the rebates to minimize the cost and end up with a more comfortable, affordable and healthier home. Get your solar right by starting with a Brower Mechanical free in-home clip board audit. You'll be sure to be on the right track to reducing before you produce to get the best investment in your solar process! Call Brower today at 916-624-0808. On-line at

April 16, 2017: Leave hunting for treats to the kids, find your solar basket here!

Listen today as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small take the "hunt" out of the best solar options and lead you to the basket of treats on this Holiday show. The sweet reward of reducing before producing can only be realized with a little homework and understanding your best options. There's no substitute for hands on interaction and the Brower Home Energy Exploratorium does just that. In addition to an entertaining and helpful discussion about the showroom specifics, you'll learn what options you have besides hardware to make a great decision on your solar evaluation process. Rebates, values and efficiencies plus a hands on seminar round out the show. For more details, call Brower Mechanical today. 916-624-0808 or visit on-line at

April 9, 2017: Reducing before producing to save energy: real life examples.

If you're new to the show, then what you're about to hear is going to be extremely enlightening. If you're a regular to the show, then your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small are going to reiterate the options you have as you navigate the waters of solar opportunity to reduce your overall energy expense. You'll learn ways to minimize the amount of solar you'll need and ways to take advantage of the tax benefits, the rebates and the overall energy savings. The biggest take away, however, will be getting a plan and a clip board audit completed before you do anything. This road map to energy savings gives you specific objectives and goals and provides you the solutions necessary to make your home energy efficient (reducing) before you install solar (producing). This way, you've minimized your solar investment and capitalized on your total home energy system. There's so much more to doing solar right than just doing solar. Your perspective will most likely change after listening and you can assure yourself the decision you make will be a more informed decision going forward. For more information, call Brower Mechanical today. 916-624-0808 or on line at

April 2, 2017: Sneezy, Wheezy it ain't so easy. 5 steps to take now to minimize in home allergens.

Suffer from allergies? This is proving to be one of the worst years on record for allergies as a result of the recent rains and the subsequent growth of ... well, everything that needs water to grow! Listen up as Duane Knickerbocker of Brower Mechanical and co-host Bill Small talk about how you can improve your home's interior air quality to make it more allergy resistant and easier to live within. You'll also hear from our favorite Doc, Dr. Thomas Hopkins, from the medical perspective on the steps you can take to make living with allergies in your home more comfortable. You can even reach out to request our Outline of the 5 steps to take now to minimize the allergens in your home. If you suffer from allergies, if you're sneezing' and wheezin' don't wait. Call or visit the website to get the steps. They're free and they'll help you breathe a little easier in your own home. Quit suffering and improve the interior air in your home, reduce the energy consumption and make everything that much more comfortable. Call Brower Mechanical today at 916-624-0808 or request your 5 steps on line at

March 26, 2017: Solar vs Energy savings, there is a difference!

Earn your home energy degree by listening to today's show. It's all about being educated properly when it comes to doing solar right. You'll hear from hosts Duane Knickerbocker from Brower Mechanical and Bill Small what it takes to be sure you're not putting too much solar on your roof, now or for the future. That would be an expensive proposition. But if you could upgrade your home's energy systems and still have a similar or even lower cost in doing so AND add solar for less than the solar only solution, wouldn't that make much more sense? "Solar only" does nothing to improve the in-home air quality or change the dynamics of erratic heating and cooling in your home. Or impact the inefficiencies of an older pool pump or attic insulation. The real long term solution is a whole house proposition that leaves you with so much more than just a lower energy bill. Now doesn't that sound like a much better way to approach the issue? Listen and learn from somebody who has done hundreds of these programs. You'll have a much better understanding of what your options are and how best to utilize that hard earned money for the investment. For more information, call 916-624-0808 or visit

March 19, 2017: Shake, Rattle & Wheeze. Pros and cons of whole house fans

Flip the switch, brace yourself as the louvers flap around and begin to shake like a baby's rattle. The fan begins turning slowly at first, then faster and faster and you hear the low hum turn into the full blown sound of a propeller spinning on a winged aircraft. Finally, your hair begins to blow back as the outside air is pulled in thru the open windows and any other opening the fan can suck air through and then, ahhhh. Cooler air is entering the house and circulating thru it like the inside of a jet engine. Whoosh! OK, a bit dramatic but my how these whole house fans have changed. If you're in the market for a whole house fan, sit down, take notes and listen up. Today's show goes into the good the bad, the pros, the cons why and why not to consider a whole house fan as an option. There are a myriad of reasons to support the installation as well as an equal number of reasons it may not be right for you. And that's the difference between an HVAC contractor and a HOME SCIENCE contractor. Listening to what you're hoping to accomplish, knowing the products, and then being able to recommend what's best for your budget, your comfort and your health. After all, it's about affordability, comfort and health when it comes to the place you spend most of your time. Call Brower Mechanical today to find out whether or not that whole house fan makes sense for you. 916-624-0808 or visit (To see the new technology in whole house fans, check out the showroom in Lincoln.)

March 12, 2017: There is such a thing as Energy Independence!

Join your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small as they discuss the "how to's" of becoming energy independent. Keep in mind that it all starts with an Energy Plan with your goals and objectives in mind. You may find that total independence isn't the best option. But that's what the show is all about. Making it work and work right for you and your individual situation. You'll learn the significance of revitalization for your systems and how you can add years of life to your home energy systems with regular maintenance. Finally, learn the myriad of options you have to help complete the work when it comes to the financial side of things. You'll want to pay particular attention to the discussion of rebates and the significance of having a complete home energy audit done to insure you get the maximum the rebates have to offer. And of course, right about now you're wondering how can I get more information to be sure I'm doing it all correctly on my way to energy independence, right? Simply call Brower Mechanical today at 916-824-1530 or on line at

March 5, 2017: What's your Energy IQ?

Join your hosts Bill Small and the blue-eyed energy guy, Duane Knickerbocker, as they work to teach and educate you on a variety of important and necessary facts when making decisions that impact your home energy needs. When does it make sense to consider a smaller air conditioning system? Do you really need THAT many solar panels to accomplish your objectives. Is your furnace running at optimal efficiency? When was the last time you checked the insulation in your attic or crawlspace? Really, there should be insulation under the floor if you’re on a raised foundation. You’ll also hear about ways to minimize those thermostat wars in your home when it’s just a little too hot or too cold for one or the other residents. Hey, this one could save a marriage! Jack Frost also joins the show to give an update on the California Home Energy Retrofit Project or CHERP. And finally, to complete your IQ exam, you’ll learn of some pretty interesting rebates and even free items you can get from SMUD if you purchase an EV. Now that’s the way to boost your Energy IQ for sure! And of course, if all else fails, give Brower Mechanical a call at 916-824-1530 or visit them on line at

February 26, 2017: Reduce before you Produce. Plan before getting solar.

Home energy is home science and the more you know about the "how" of keeping your home comfortable, the better decisions you can make on home energy upgrades that could include a new furnace, insulation or even solar. Hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small engage in some simple solutions to get you headed down the right path from the beginning. It all starts with measurement to assess what's really going on in your home and what it is you want to see happen. The clip board audit or full blown energy audit are the answer. Worried about the increasing costs of natural gas bloating your heating bill? That's an issue you can address immediately with one simple call to Brower Mechanical. Want to better understand what's really going to happen with an attic sealing? Check it out in person at the Brower Home Energy Exploratorium. Learn your options and experience the demonstration of what many of the elements in your home today are doing that impact your comfort and expense. Insulation to solar and everything in between, you'll find a solution to your in-home comfort by calling 916-824-1530. On line at