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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.

    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

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    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

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    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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    1-5-19: New year, new energy! Are you ready?

    1-5-19: New year, new energy! Are you ready?

    So you’ve weathered the holidays, you made it thru PSPS, and new year put an end to both a year and a decade. Phew! But now it’s time to get real again. Time to get your house in order and be prepared for anything. Hot, Cold, power or no power. You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, start with the clipboard audit to tee the year up right. Home performance is everything. With the new year, get a plan put together that you can act on and take advantage of all the benefits.

    Did you hear that there is a possibility that new homes may not have gas lines connected to them, by law! Yes, California is pushing the issue and it’s not just net zero. Hear what that’s all about and how the code is mandating it. This is a big deal and will impact all new construction, possibly even commercial buildings. And if your home is not new, you can still get to net zero as well. That’s all in the discussion this segment and one that couldn’t be more informative.

    Looking for long term solutions to your home energy needs? There is a great caller here who has been keeping track of his family’s carbon footprint for 10 years. This is somebody who is aware of home energy consumption and its’ environmental impact. He’s describing, in detail,
    what he’s looking for. Now here is a great candidate for at the very least, a clipboard audit. Better yet, he would likely appreciate a full energy audit. Hear how the discussion continues into some of the elements and his next steps. This is one of the more informed callers that come into the show.

    Closing out the first show of the new year, the real question is, does your new year resolution include improving your home’s efficiency? What does energy independence really look like? Fixing the effect of the construction slop is what getting the home “right” means. And then evaluate your options, of which there are many. This also includes consideration for generator power if you’re in that area. Be sure to start the year right by calling Brower Mechanical and getting your energy expense in-line with what your goals are. Do it now and don’t miss a beat. 916-624-0808. Or you can visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com

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    12-15-19: Tesla, natural gas, solar and Santa. What?

    12-15-19: Tesla, natural gas, solar and Santa. What?

    Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small dive right into the holiday discussion with a consideration to energy. Do solar panels impact the ability for Santa to land on the roof? What’s up with Tesla and why is natural gas going up in price?

    Duane starts this segment off with a little explanation about why the cost of natural gas is going up vs down when the actual cost of gas is down significantly. (hint: distribution). Following that discussion, why are home values in PG&E areas possibly getting challenged? Fires and power shutoffs don’t do you any favors when you’re looking to sell. BUT, there are solutions and they’re called energy upgrades. How you convey the value if you’re selling in these areas are to be able to demonstrate value with solar and backup power. So, the homes with these options for stabilizing utility costs and minimizing interruptions are going to get the greatest ROI on those investments as they’ll sell first… and likely for a premium.

    Does your furnace have issues? The caller in this segment does and it’s quite serious if not addressed. Listen as Duane explains the situation and the significance of ignoring the problem. Carbon Monoxide poisoning could be a very serious concern and one you do not want to mess with. This is a safety concern to be aware of. How does electricity compare in similar situations? You’ll hear it all in the conversation.

    OK, so it’s gotten a bit colder out, furnaces are firing up and people are more aware today than historically so they’re realizing that the attic is important to help keep the house more comfortable. It’s not just insulation but that’s a good place to start. Then sealing everything up right and tight and being certain there are no leaks improperly outside and no leaks improperly into the home. The “cool tools” used to identify the issues make all the difference to get it absolutely right. A clipboard audit would help identify this issue so it’s important to start with an assessment to get it right. And…what about those rebates and options? Brower knows. Don’t wait, call Brower Mechanical today.
    916-624-0808. Or you can visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com.

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    12-8-19: Is your home gorging itself on unpredictable energy consumption?

    12-8-19: Is your home gorging itself on unpredictable energy consumption?

    Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small start today’s conversation with generator hookup considerations. Do it right for sure but more importantly, have a plan to keep you and your family safe. It’s not as simple as you might expect and the most simple approaches may be the most dangerous.

    Building science and home performance. What? Well, this is going to give you an idea of how this whole thing about getting it right came to be for Duane when he decided to literally change the entire direction of his company. Yes, it’s all about home energy, indoor air quality and comfort. More importantly, that means your inner peace and health. Yes, it’s that significant. Back to that Clipboard Audit, this is where you start. For Free. It’s that simple. Then, Duane goes off on some case studies to really hammer home the values of the outcome of those clipboard audits. And your utility company thoughts on this? Check it out at any of their websites and you’ll see how consistent they are in the process. No surprise, they totally agree to get that plan in place with a audit, FIRST.

    Callers are always fun to hear their objectives. This caller is no exception. Educated customers are no surprise given the options on the internet and here is a customer that knows the brand and the fuel type she would like to get a proposal for and hookup. These are the best types of customers Brower loves to engage with as the expectations are clear. The ability to articulate the need and the understanding of the process just makes everything that much better when the decisions need to be made.

    So how do you keep up with utility bills in retirement? Can you afford the roller coaster billing from the utility company? Do you even want that sort of fluctuation? Well, there are ways to fix your utility bills so you have some security, especially in retirement. This is an incredibly important segment as there are ways to help you get to the comfort of knowing what that utility bill looks like. No hype, no gimmicks, this is something you should consider if that’s something you would like to see happen. As always, for more information on the topic, give Brower a call at 916-624-0808. Or you can visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com.

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