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Solar panels - the new double-glazing

 
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Aurora



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:33 am    Post subject: Solar panels - the new double-glazing Reply with quote

http://money.guardian.co.uk/consumernews/story/0,,2155735,00.html

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The Guardian - 25/08/07

Vulnerable customers are falling victim to high-pressure salesmen pushing for on-the-spot deals.

Saving the planet, or saving on power bills - either way there is powerful motivation for harnessing solar energy to heat your home, even after this dismal summer. But it is all too easy for persuasive sales people to hijack the green energy message and leave customers, often elderly or vulnerable, with a system that can cost them a year's pension or more. It might only prove worthwhile for their grandchildren or great-grandchildren.

Purchasers could end up paying substantially over the odds - up to twice as much as a competitive quote in some cases. And they are often left confused by double-glazing-style sales methods such as "drop closes" - offering a big reduction on an inflated price but only if you sign up there and then.

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RenewableCandy



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah we get a lot of non-personal mailshots for that kind of thing.

A fairly simple test is to ask them "will it do heating as well?" (as in, space-heating) and listen to the answer. The real professionals will admit "no", the cowboys (no offenSe meant to those who genuinely earn their living droving cattle 'round the Badlands etc...) will try and sell that too.

My favourite EVER strapline:
"Patel and Patel Double Glazing: You've tried the cowboys now try the Indians" !
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