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Doorstep Renewable Energy Sellers Prey On The Elderly

Doorstep sellers for renewables like solar are targetting the elderly with methods that will give the renewables industry a bad name

Doorstep sellers for renewables like solar are targeting the elderly with methods that will give the renewables industry a bad name

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.

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