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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

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

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!