There’s no doubt that solar is a great investment – a system well matched to a home can reap significant monetary savings for the homeowners in the long run, in addition to providing the many environmental benefits associated with clean energy.
The world of solar energy is not all Issues with solar arise with the unscrupulous solar companies that go out of their way to take advantage of consumers. This manipulation can take several different forms, which is why Renew are using this blog to clear up a few.
Door to door sales tactics
Renew recommend avoiding buying solar systems from door to door salesmen. More often than not these salesmen will be working on commission, so will be more inclined to omit information, gloss over important details, or oversell the system to ensure they get the sale. Such tactics are never in the best interest of the consumer, so it’s important to be aware when dealing with a door to door salesman.
Salesman going for the hard sell can very easily trick consumers in a variety of ways. Glossing over the details of a solar system, even the name of the brand itself, can result in you having a no-name, failure prone solar system installed. Combining these kinds of sells with sales that are “about to expire” is an easy way for dodgy salesmen to catch out unsuspecting or unaware homeowners.
Asking for an unusually large deposit is also a sign that something might be wrong. The industry norm is 10%, so anything exceeding this that is asked of you should be the first sign that you should proceed with caution.
When given a quote, particularly if it is considerably less than equivalent systems you’ve been quoted for, make sure to consider any hidden costs. Ask your installer if your quote is all-inclusive to ensure that there won’t be any surprise charges along the way.
When you receive your contract, we recommend that all of the fine print is thoroughly read before you sign on the dotted line to ensure that your quote is in fact correct.
Rest easy with Renew
We even encourage our customers to do a little research of their own so that they understand exactly what they’re getting every step of the way. In doing this, you’ll be able to have a better idea of the what the size of your inverter should be in relation to your panels, another way dodgy solar companies like to get a few more dollars out of a potential buyer.
For your peace of mind, Renew Energy are here for our customers every step of the way. If you’d like some more advice related to choosing a solar system, get in touch with us today.