Doorstep Renewable Energy Sellers Prey On The Elderly
This story did not come from a climate sceptic blog, the Daily Mail, James Delingpole, The Koch Brothers or any similar source, it comes from the Green Wise Blog for business:
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) recently reported that it has had a record 35,000 complaints to its helpline on doorstep selling. This is likely to be the tip of the iceberg as many of the victims of this sales technique are elderly, have savings, may live alone and, most pertinently, don’t know their rights, so aren’t complaining.
This is certainly the demographic that the cowboy element of the solar industry is targeting, and there have been some horror stories. Just this month I’ve heard of someone who locked herself in her bathroom while she phoned a neighbour to ask if they could come over and help her get the sales man out of the house.
Another salesman broke all the rules in the book offering discounts for signing up on the day. The final discounted price was still significantly higher than the going rate in the market.
There is something deeply abhorrent about people who prey on the weak, the sick and the elderly and yet another aspect of Green job creation that you will never read about in the Guardian.
The problem is going to get worse:
It is beyond doubt that this minority of companies who do not stick to the strict guidelines laid down in the REAL consumer code are in danger of giving the renewable energy business a bad name. This matters. And I would argue that it matters for this exciting new sector more than it matters for most. There is also a danger that it will get worse when the Renewable Heat Incentive starts next year, and the companies add heat pumps and other products to their portfolio.
When someone involved in the Green boondoggle points out that this type of sales tactic is just the tip of the iceberg and that the problem is going to get worse, then even the most zealous environmentalist should hang their in shame at what is being done for their transition to a low-carbon economy.
Next time you read about the huge take up in micro generation, and how wonderful solar is, stop and think for a moment about how many elderly people were bullied into taking part by some low life scum sucker of a renewable energy salesman.
Posted on December 15, 2012, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Green Jobs Lie, Green Lies, Renewables and tagged Doorstep selling, koch brothers, renewable energy business, renewables industry, Solar, Solar Cowboys. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.