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The Brower Home Power Hour is your home energy show for just about all elements of operating systems in the house. HVAC, Solar, Water Heaters, Attic Insulation and sealing and so much more. The show is meant to educate, entertain and inform to further promote the process of home energy optimization thru home energy audits, insulation, windows, solar and more. This is an incredibly informative show to help anyone considering solar or home energy upgrades to make the best investment decision utilizing a smaller solar process by reducing before producing, improving your home's efficiency in operating and thus reducing the expense in your utility expense.

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The Brower Home Power Hour is your home energy show for just about all elements of operating systems in the house. HVAC, Solar, Water Heaters, Attic Insulation and sealing and so much more. The show is meant to educate, entertain and inform to further promote the process of home energy optimization thru home energy audits, insulation, windows, solar and more. This is an incredibly informative show to help anyone considering solar or home energy upgrades to make the best investment decision utilizing a smaller solar process by reducing before producing, improving your home's efficiency in operating and thus reducing the expense in your utility expense.

    2-16-20: Trees are blooming and plants are sprouting. Is your home ready?

    2-16-20: Trees are blooming and plants are sprouting. Is your home ready?

    Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small are sweating it out today after the record heat this week. So, did you notice anything with your home? Is it ready for the heat? Did you know until recently, your solar would not run your house in the event of a power outage? Find out what the new technology is in this segment as there are options now to have your solar run your home in the event of outages of any kind. The significant emphasis of the clipboard audit can’t be underplayed and they are the answer to your questions.

    What’s up with the cost of gas? And we’re not talking gas for your car or gas in your belly. We’re talking natural gas in your house. The costs are creeping up and up and that plays into the decision on what your appliances should be; electric or gas. It’s an important decision going forward as you have to consider what’s happening in the future. It’s also important to know where you are. SMUD territory or PG&E territory. They differ greatly. This is one discussion you’ll want to hear.

    Duane breaks into a conversation from a case study and how one customer wanted to connect a portable generator to run his entire home in the event of a PSPS. This was a temporary situation and he eventually wanted a permanent whole house generator. What they found, and the way to make this happen is nothing short of amazing.

    Is bigger better? Well, if you know this show, you know the answer. Listen to find out how the explanation goes. You may learn there’s an option for you to save some money if you’re in the market for a new HVAC system. If it takes 13 minutes to reach peak efficiency and it’s too big, guess what? Yes, the answers are here. To learn more, check it out…call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808. Or visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com

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    2-9-20: Antacids may relieve gas but your utility may be doing something similar.

    2-9-20: Antacids may relieve gas but your utility may be doing something similar.

    Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small get right into the stories of change as a moment of reflection from the show’s beginning over four years ago to the significant differences then to now. And, wow, are things different. Nobody knew what a PSPS was back then, or electrification with induction cooking, or…

    Electricity is all the rage for efficiency going forward. A lot is going on in this field and you’ll hear the story of an ideal situation for the efficiency sake of things, about a homeowner who actually ended up getting a net even deal on top of getting value add with solar and other equipment. This would be a win win all around. Ultimately, this would likely result in a higher home value as well. An intangible until time to sell.

    What is the difference between a revitalization and a tune-up for your HVAC system? You may find that many companies are going to send two people out because one is a sales person and the other a tech. The goal of that company is simple. Sell you something. At Brower, it’s just the opposite. You’ll have one person show up and they’ll go thru the process of safety and maintenance with your equipment. If there are issues, not a problem. They’ll give you the report and you can make the choices and decision on your own. That’s a huge difference.

    With all the news about natural gas issues and the impact on the average customer, it’s not a bad idea to be aware of what the options are going to be at some point in the future. How do you make the decision to electrify? By getting educated, that’s how. Who better to get that information from?
    Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808. Or visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com

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    2-2-20: It’s super Sunday! How’s your house doin’. Ready for the big game!

    2-2-20: It’s super Sunday! How’s your house doin’. Ready for the big game!

    After a little banter on the big game today, your hosts Duane Knickerbocker (Niners!) and Bill Small (Chiefs) dive into the differences we’ve not only seen on the field but in home energy. Gas being banned in some communities, utility companies paying for upgrades, solar becoming more and more efficient. And unique to California is portable generator technology for the home and the best practices when building new. There are so many things to be aware of and the place to get the most current awareness of what they are is a clip board audit.

    Now this is a segment for something very new that most people are not aware of and it’s actually taking place in certain community utility districts. There are some areas of the state that will not let you put additional panels on your roof in the event you want to add equipment. They won’t allow you to go into a “Negawatt” condition with your home. So how do you add equipment that would require additional panels to run to keep you home at zero energy use? Maximize the energy efficiency of the home. Then you won’t need to add panels as you’ll not be using as much energy and therefore leaving some headroom with your panel production. Again, identifying the best way to make this happen, would be to start with a free clipboard audit. You’ll be surprised at what the results could be.

    What’s that “hold” button on your thermostat all about anyway? Did you know there’s a way you can use it to actually decrease your energy expense? Duane and Bill listen to a call from a customer as she learns how to take advantage of simple thermostat options to help her out. What teed this up is the concern for a newer system in the home when in fact, maybe not so much. And of course, that leads into the discussion of a set it and forget guarantee. You won’t hear that from many companies because you really have to know your business in order to make that guarantee. Now, that’s pretty cool.

    Now why would you use the expensive power to your home when you actually have options to use less expensive power? It used to be that gas was the way to go. It was cheaper. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case. Now your water heater isn’t a very big deal when it comes to how it gets the water hot. You likely just want the least expensive way to get it there. And that would be electricity, especially if you’re in the SMUD utility district. In some cases it could be up to 50% less than gas. Now when you’re ready for the home heating upgrades, you can only imagine what those savings could be. The best place to know how best to do it, call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808. Or visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com

    • 41 min
    1-26-20: Changes from just a few years ago. Home energy is “hot”!

    1-26-20: Changes from just a few years ago. Home energy is “hot”!

    Hear your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small begin the conversation as it leads down the path to changes in the industry for home energy, solar and the dramatic differences from just a few years back. What’s changed is the myriad of options you now have to do what you need to do to get more comfortable, spend less and live healthier in the home.

    Wouldn’t you love to be able to make a “last payment” to your utility company? It can be done with the slight exception of having to pay for the connection, but that’s a minimal number and not one that will be going up as aggressively as power. Not to mention, you don’t want be caught short in the event an emergency arose and you needed utility power. Continuing the discussion, electrifying other elements of the home, Duane explains the value proposition of rebates and reduction of expense that net a gain after the total investment is complete. There are some great stories here that are well worth the time to listen. Case studies clarify the opportunity for you to compare to your own situation.

    Our caller today has a 16 year old furnace and a/c unit that is beginning to act up. Sometimes, the problem may not be the symptom for your homes’ energy. Hear what the suggestions may be to optimize the situation in the home do it right.

    What is the Brower Power Plan? Learn how Brower Mechanical will give you assurances for your power where there are concerns for the consistency of your utility’s delivery. When you do this process correctly, you’ll save money since your power supply assets will be much smaller than if you don’t execute the plan properly. Hear Duane address many of the elements that are necessary to get this done with examples of things to consider. Then take the next step to get your home assessed and see what your best options are. Call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808. Or visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com

    • 40 min
    1-19-20: What’s everyone’s favorite radio station for home energy upgrades?

    1-19-20: What’s everyone’s favorite radio station for home energy upgrades?

    Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small, start where the year left off with portable generators for backup power. It’s not too soon to get your home ready for potential power shutoffs. Properly wiring the house to make the generator startup simple and safe is something you’ll want to do sooner than later… before you find yourself with no power. Sooner better than later. This is also an excellent time to have the electrical panel checked while you’re at it.

    WII-FM. Everybody’s favorite radio station. What’s In It For Me? Hear the explanation and the relationship to SMUD or any of the utilities as what gets evaluated when determining to get the energy expense under control. It’s always boiled down to what the most benefit to the customer is going to be. Get your home right, sealed tight, rebates earned. Tune into the station and get your home where you want it to be...then you can enjoy listening to that really low utility bill speaking to you.

    First in, last out. Last in wins. Old sales adages die hard but when considering what’s best for your home, Brower always wants to be first in. That way you have a great comparison when the rest of the characters come in to try to “sell” you something. You’ll also have a great template to ask questions from when the “other” guys come in. Start first with the true experts in home energy and then engage your other estimates from there.

    Better results in writing when it comes to your home’s energy consumption? And really, you’re going to cut the size of the A/C in half? Tell me! Tell me! This is the segment you’ll want to hear. The attic is where the greatest opportunities exist and once correctly sealed, it could reduce the size of the equipment necessary. And, you’ll get a written guarantee on the energy consumption as well. It really doesn’t get much better does it? This is why you need to give Brower Mechanical a call today. Efficiency, health and quiet. The number is
    916-624-0808. Or you can visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com

    • 40 min
    1-12-20: 40 years and running… That’s why you know that “guy”.

    1-12-20: 40 years and running… That’s why you know that “guy”.

    Yes, you may be thinking that’s how long a furnace can run or your AC unit. Not so true. Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small, share that it’s Brower Mechanical that’s been around 40 years. That means, they know the “guy”. Or the “girl”. When you need something relative to the home that may not be a service provided, Brower is surely going to know who to send you to for handling that issue.

    Continuing into the second segment, you’re going to hear all about zero energy homes and the requirements for the state on all new home construction. It’s more loosely related to zero net electricity usage. However, a truly zero net energy home would be all electric, no gas or other power source. Find out what that really looks like in the conversation and where the trend is headed. You’ll be surprised at the incentives to support the process.

    When is too much too much? When you get solar before upgrading the home to energy efficiency. The current average should be 1 panel for every 1500 SF. You can even do better depending on how well your home is sealed. At $1000 per panel, the offset easily can go into those upgrades yielding a much more efficient and valuable home. Address the symptoms of the home before you try to cure the problem. Here’s the elephant in the room. What if you’re considering a backup generator? Then you would certainly want the most efficient home you could create. You’ll need a smaller generator as a result. And of course, saving you money on the size of the generator as well. That’s truly the win-win-win.

    Know the end of the game before you start to play. Why would you look forward to a PG&E rate increase? Because you’ve got an efficient home with solar. You’re now saving more money than prior to the rate increase. That makes you smile. If you know what you’re trying to accomplish with the home before you invest in any energy products, you’ll be way ahead of the game. This is what Brower Mechanical does best. To get your free clipboard audit energy assessment, give them a call at 916-624-0808. Or you can visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com

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