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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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Well, both your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small, fess up on their Valentines memory. And hop right back into the show to bring you information that is going to save you money. Listen up to... Read more
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Your hosts immediately get into reflection of a seminar they recently attended that was focused on home energy upgrades, solar and home energy efficiency. What took place and what occurred will... Read more

Radio Show Archive

May 21, 2018: 9 Steps to Make Mom proud!

Happy Mothers Day! And yes, your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small were birthed by incredibly wonderful women. While they weren’t as sophisticated about reducing energy consumption they did produce some pretty talented offspring. How on earth do you raise two boys to get into home energy efficiency? Start with nature and let it go from there. That’s why the more you can do to Reduce before you Produce, you’ll be that much better off as nature does some of the work for you. In today’s show, whole house fans take a front seat. They rely on the natural ambient temperature and simply move it from the cooler outside to the warmer inside and voila, no A/C and a cooler home!


Then, there’s the discussion with a caller that took place about her interest in how to heat and cool a ductless room. Now that’s a real conundrum. Or is it? Hear how the boys from Brower knew exactly what to do and how to make it the most efficient solution possible.

The “fix” may surprise you.

And do be aware, your utility pricing is going up. SMUD and PG&E will both have higher pricing this year during the heat of the summer. It’s going to be more important than ever to have your house in it’s best shape to keep the energy bills just the same as they were last year. 


With smaller solar doing more work, it’s all the rage now to be energy wise and efficient and downsizing your home’s energy footprint can begin as simply as with the Clip Board Audit from Brower Mechanical. It’s free and is the first step to identifying what steps to take to make your home the most efficient it can be, with or without solar. Then, and only then, should you begin the discussion about the proper steps to take to become the energy miser. The Clip Board Audit is a must if you’re serious about small solar and energy efficiency. 


And lastly, learn about the myriad of opportunities to have your expense reduced with the current rebates from SMUD and PG&E. You’ll be surprised at how willing they are to help you get your home to the maximum efficiency it can...before you consider solar. Then you can make that decision knowing you’ll be using the least number of panels as a result of the reduced energy consumption. At $1000 per panel average, I’m thinking Mom would be proud of the money you save. Call Brower Mechanical today to get your 9 energy saving tips and for your free Clip Board Audit. You’ll be glad you did. 916-624-0808 or on line at www.gosmallsolar.com

May 6, 2018: Can exhaust fans suck much yuck from your interior air?

Well, if that isn't a leading question full of interpretation! And it's not because of Cinco de Mayo hangover either.... Listen as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small discuss a customer's question about how much air can a bathroom exhaust fan pull from the living quarters. You might be surprised at the answer. And prior to that discussion, brace yourself for this summer cooling season. PG&E price hikes are in effect and this will be the first summer with the new tiered pricing. The more you use the more you're going to pay. Likely a good idea to look at energy saving options sooner than later.


How about this? BOGO. Buy one, get others. OK, that's a stretch to the familiar term but that's what you get with a Brower Home energy assessment. You get not one but up to 5 others! Your home energy upgrade will get you a healthier environment, more comfortable, more efficient, less dust and less solar panels than if you had done nothing. Start with a Clip Board Audit and experience the value it represents. Then, go from there as you develop your home energy plan for the most efficient process to accomplish the goals you set.


As you know, each and every Brower Home Power Hour is loaded with information that you can use immediately to save you money on your home energy costs and this show is no exception. If you were thinking about getting your ducts cleaned, it's a must listen as you may be wasting your money. One of the best things you can do to get your house right is know what it is you want to do. And one of the best ways to do that is to visit the Brower Mechanical Exploratorium in Rocklin. You'll get to see everything as it relates to your home energy. Whole house fans, energy efficient pool pumps, attic sealing and more! Don't wait to act, so something now. Call Brower Mechanical today at 916-624-0808 or visit www.gosmallsolar.com.

April 29, 2018: The best way to insulate yourself from high energy costs in your home is by... insulating!

Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small really get into the attic again. It's such an important part of the home when it comes to energy efficiency and the easiest place to overlook, so... you can count on them hangin' out there on a regular basis. Who else wants to go up there anyway? Well, now you can actually get a video on what your attic should look like before and after to maximize the efficiency in your energy plan. It's the number one step to reducing before your producing with solar and if you don't go solar, it's still the leading way to cut your energy costs. The exclusive Brower Exploratorium would be another great stop along you energy reduction journey as you'll get to see the systems talked about on the show in real life. And yes, that includes two attics. A leaky, inefficient one and a state of the art energy saving one. That alone makes it worth the trip!


The conversation then shifts to ranking of solar companies in the market and Brower is 15th, happily! Considering they do home energy consultation and installation and not just solar, that's a pretty amazing ran. The answer; they're about saving you energy and not running your energy systems. Solar may not be right for you! Let the Brower team come in and help you identify the best way to reduce that monthly energy expense. They've tested thousands of home, before and after and they have a plethora of information and data that exemplifies the success of the process. And instead of offering just that one lump solution to your issues, Brower Mechanical actually goes beyond the competition and for roughly the same monthly expense for a new HVAC system, you would get that AND a tankless water heater ANd a whole house fan AND attic insulation. Now that's a deal you'll want to learn more about for sure. Give them a call at 916-628-0404 or on line at www.gosmallsolar.com.

April 22, 2018: Fear ye not though thermostat... 9 ways to save electricity.

What? You think your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small don't know Shakespeare? Well, whether they do or not the one thing they do know is home energy, comfort and health and that's something you can count on. Since "brevity is the soul of wit" let's get to this week's show.


Your hosts jump right into those mailers you so frequently get addressing how with just a low weekly payment, you can have all your homes issues taken care by just installing that new HVAC unit for about $35 per week. "All that glitters is not gold" and that solution is not the cure. The HVAC company behind that mailer is waiting with "bated breath" to get you to sign. Check out the interest rates, the term and the process. Duane and Bill will walk you through the details of these less than ideal remedies that steer you down the wrong path. They'll also give you solutions for less money that get you more in terms of comfort, efficiency, health and savings! Don't go running on a "wild goose chase" just to find what appears to be the fastest fix. Stop letting that utility bill "eat you out of house and home". We all know what's just around the corner. Hot. And a need for cool. Get your 9 ways to reduce your electricity bill by up to 30% when you visit www.gosmallsolar.com and request it. "To thine own self be true" means get going. Do something today. Don't fear that thermostat. Set it and forget it. Let that A/C run and get out and have some fun. When you use Brower Mechanical to assess your home with a free Clip Board Audit, you'll know exactly what to expect and what steps to take next for the best solution to reducing your energy consumption. Call 916-624-0808. And as Shakespeare would have said: "All's well that ends well."

April 15, 2018: Swoosh! The quickest way to cool down your home in the evenings...for less!

Listen in as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small discuss the differences of Whole House Fans of old and today. No more jet engine, flap rattling air movement droning with these new fans! As a matter of fact, you can even request a video of the fans in operation or see one for yourself at the Brower Exploratorium. It's free, it's fun and you'll learn a ton!


You'll also hear the case study of excess solar on a smaller home and the unintended (and expensive) consequences. 45 panels on 2200SF is not a fix, it's an expensive mask to a bigger problem. That's what can happen when a solar only solution gets applied to a bigger energy upgrade need. It's not pretty! In today's final segment, you'll also hear about the opportunities to heat your water with solar as well. Technology is moving quickly and this is a show that gives you some insight to what's possible today, not tomorrow. Learn how to do what's best for your energy plan, or even how to create a home energy plan by giving the folk at Brower Mechanical a call today. A short Clip Board Audit will get you started on your way. 916-624-0808 or visit on line to request your free video of Whole House Fans and more at www.gosmallsolar.com.

April 8, 2018: Take these six steps into your homes energy efficiency to reduce your utility bills!

Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small are going to guide you up the stairs to home energy efficiency to help cure many home ills. With the influence of Building Performance Industry standards, a trained and knowledgeable assessment team will perform a Clip Board Audit to help you take that first step to a more efficient and healthier home.


Are you experiencing temperature variations in multiple rooms? Does your home present an extraordinary amount of dust on the furniture? Are your utility bills out of control in the summertime? There's a cure for these ailments and it starts by reaching out to somebody who has seen it all before. And you don't have to take our word for it. Hear what Rick has to say about his Whole House Fan experience and how a trip to the Brower showroom can really seal a deal for you. Allergies a problem? Then consider ways to get the house right by sealing it tight. You can even get a complete video on request by simply entering it in the subject line when you visit www.gosmallsolar.com. So listen up, take your six steps to a more efficient, comfortable and healthier home and when you're ready to do something about it, give Brower Mechanical a call at 916-624-0808. You'll breathe easier knowing you did.

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

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