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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.

    3-29-20: Power Protection…going forward. Home energy steps you must consider.

    3-29-20: Power Protection…going forward. Home energy steps you must consider.

    Keeping things on a positive note and looking forward to what’s on the horizon, hear about the most significant steps your service technicians are taking, following CDC recommendations in the best interest of the customer and the employee. And there’s more with Ultraviolet germicidal technology available to add an additional layer of support in the home. And if you are looking forward to the summer, remember your generators, especially Generac, need to be serviced by a licensed technician in the first 25 hours of operation. Brower is certified and ready to help.

    Electrification is everything now. Prices are less than natural gas and using the resources like induction heating, heat pump water heaters and electric furnaces. So much more and the good news…rebates are bountiful. SMUD and PG&E are both supporting these transitions. More importantly, learn why you need to do an energy assessment BEFORE you can make these improvements work to your best advantage. Duane walks you thru the details you need to know.

    Today’s caller is a revelation in comfort. 17 years later, an original Brower installation is due for some attention. This is a great call from a homeowner with a home built in 1981. That’s well before anybody cared anything about efficiency. The system, the attic, the ductwork was all in need of review if not repair or replacement. Listen to the steps the guys discuss and some of the pitfalls many homeowners encounter in the process of evaluation. It’s possible a complete upgrade could be done for the same amount as your utility bill today.

    Touching a bit on technology in this segment there’s an in-depth conversation about the changes in solar and battery technology as home energy in an emergency has changed dramatically. And in just a few years. Batteries, standby generators, whole home power generation have all become significantly more sophisticated, complex and efficient. Did you know your older solar system will not provide power in the event of a power outage? New technology is available to change that. What’s best for you? Find out by calling Brower Mechanical at
    916-624-0808. Or visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com

    • 40 min
    3-22-20: Can air purification and UV germicidal technology help you breathe better at home?

    3-22-20: Can air purification and UV germicidal technology help you breathe better at home?

    Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small do address germs in the house and steps you can take to minimize them with better ventilation and air purification. With so much more time being spent in the home, being certain everything is functioning as it should be is critical. Service is still taking place and the Brower team is as concerned about your health and safety as they are about the health and safety of their team. Best practices for safety have all been implemented to insure the safety of all parties concerned.

    With more time spent in the home, the demand on the HVAC systems will grow and highlight the inefficiencies of your system. Now is a great time to assess the operation since you’re home all day to identify its’ functions. Knowing the available options could lead to rebates and reduce the costs necessary to upgrade. You’ll also hear in detail, the rationale for rebates and why the utilities are willing to pay you to do so. This is a compelling discussion that Duane explains in simple terms.

    Today’s caller is a live interview with an incredible story from a very satisfied customer that took some suggested steps to improve the air quality in her home. Impacted with COPD and asthma, Loretta explains the difference an air “scrubber” system with UV germicidal technology has made in her ability to breathe and the story is truly remarkable.

    The story from Loretta gets clarified by Duane to be certain the understanding of the UV germicidal is well understood. The explanation does exactly that and it’s important to understand if this might be a consideration for you. It’s not a cure all and still requires responsibility for good germ protection given the current situation. Today, however, it is a consideration worth investigation.
    For more information on what may work best for you call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808. Or visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com

    • 40 min
    3-15-20: Electricity may eventually be your only option. Shocking?

    3-15-20: Electricity may eventually be your only option. Shocking?

    Hear from your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small address changes taking place in various communities throughout the state as natural gas bans are taking place. Lots of dialogue and many concerns about what this all means to so many businesses. There aren’t solutions yet but many issues.

    The utility companies are out to help you change your behavior. They’re offering incentives to change from gas to electricity. Not only is this technology an improvement in reducing expense, it also improves the comfort level in the home. There’s a great case study in the conversation.

    Today’s caller has concerns about his wife’s medical issues and PG&E power shutoffs. Here’s a great call relative to the interest people have in getting backup power. There are opportunities to get consideration for the expense when there is a medical issue in the household but you’ll need to know the proper steps to get the most support. Hear some of the suggestions Duane would address to minimize the anxiety.

    Battery technology is advancing at an incredible clip and everybody is jumping into the space. You’ll hear Duane and Bill talk about some of the considerations during power outages. Hybrid systems are going to be the norm with solar, generator and battery setups. For more information on what may work best for you call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808. Or visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com

    • 40 min
    3-8-20: Coronavirus safety in the home. Dr. Tom Hopkins has some suggestions.

    3-8-20: Coronavirus safety in the home. Dr. Tom Hopkins has some suggestions.

    Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small start the show with a conversation getting into the values of a healthy home. There are many things to consider for the house and Duane describes some of the elements to consider. Some may be obvious but others not so much.

    Utilities are a very significant element of your opportunity to maximize efficiency in your home’s operating expense. Knowing your options vs the utility pricing could vary the decision considerably. Duane explains the process to help in the evaluation with some great case study description. If you’re considering upgrades for your home, be sure to listen in. It’s well worth your time.

    This is a special segment with a guest interview with Dr. Tom Hopkins addressing the preventative steps you can take in the home to address both Coronavirus and the common flu, a much more devastating disease in our society currently. Very good reminders that can fall by the wayside as the concerns mount.

    Dr. Tom spoke about some of the critical elements necessary for safety in the home with regard to many viruses. Yes, that includes the Coronavirus and flu. Duane explains how current technology can support the prevention in your home and some of the steps you can take to do your best for your family. For more information on some of the common steps you can take, call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808. Or visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com

    • 40 min
    Special Edition: Coronavirus In The Home With Dr Tom Hopkins

    Special Edition: Coronavirus In The Home With Dr Tom Hopkins

    This episode is a special excerpt from the March 8th weekend broadcast show that focuses specifically on the interview with Dr. Thomas Hopkins. Dr. Tom walks your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small through some of the steps to take to keep your home healthy and possibly prevent Coronavirus or the flu from spreading in your home. Some wise and simple steps to continue to keep your home a safe, healthy and comfortable living environment! For more information on additional steps you can take to improve the overall efficiency of your home's operation, call Brower Mechanical 16 916-624-0808 or on line at www.browermechanical.com. If you would like to reach out to Dr. Tom, he can be contacted thru his website, www.hopkinsmd.com

    • 6 min
    3-1-20: Some folk have toys in the attic but what about rats? The solution will surprise.

    3-1-20: Some folk have toys in the attic but what about rats? The solution will surprise.

    Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small start with some of the concerns with generator power as well as some of the options when you must consider a solution to getting power to your home. You do have options and while Generac is the leading provider, Briggs & Stratton is also a choice. Hear more from the conversation as well as next steps on home usage and energy upgrades.

    The landscape of electricity usage has changed dramatically. How utilities bill you has changed dramatically as well. Rates are always in play and are most likely to increase rather than decrease. There are options and best practices to understand. Heating and cooling the home are the two greatest considerations to evaluate when you’re looking to improve the efficiency of your home’s energy consumption. The case study in this example is remarkable and one you’ll want to hear. Cooling your home for under $400 throughout the year would likely be considered significant for most of us. The clipboard audit revealed the opportunities.

    Now, for those rats… the call to Brower is one with a significant sense of urgency. The situation got so bad it was affecting the health of the inhabitants in the house. Insulation was badly impacted but they had also eaten into the ductwork as well. Not a good situation. But a great solution that accomplished more than one thing.

    Back to generators for the home. The state of CA is offering options to help those in need. The qualifications are discussed in this segment. Battery technology appears to be the direction the state of California is taking to offset power outages and PSPS. Hear Duane explain some of the details you’ll want to take into account in the event you may qualify of have a need. For more information,
    call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808. Or visit on-line @ www.browermechanical.com

    • 41 min

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