18 Jul 2009
Any company doing a "HARD SELL" are either overcharging or have something to hide. Try another supplier!!
We always offer customers a chance to see the system working and to talk to people who have had it fitted.
Solar is no longer expensive if you shop around
20 Jul 2009
I agree with solarsuppliesuk2008. I used to work for this comany along time ago. I now run my own plumbing and heating company. I use similar products to what they install. I have a full system running at my parents house, because I believe in the products I install. Again backing up solarsuplliesuk2008 solar is not expensive, just need to find the rigth companies.
Average john HEATING Engineer has more qualifications to install the products as the manufacturors send us on courses, training events etc.
27 Jul 2009
Living a greener life — and creating a greener home — is a challenge we are all facing. For the past quarter of a century, I have been fighting for a more sustainable, eco-friendly world and was involved in the campaign that led to the Climate Change Act 2008. I was delighted to see the law turn into practical action last week, with measures to boost green energy, including policies on solar heating and future incentives for homeowners.
A lot is said about green electricity, but what is less often appreciated is that nearly 40% of greenhouse-gas emissions are due to heating.
Making our houses into power stations marks a big shift and will reduce our reliance on inefficient coal and gas stations. As the market grows, costs will fall.
One cost-effective small-scale renewable energy technologies is solar hot-water heating. Some systems use evacuated solar tubes that gather heat even on cool, cloudy days.
Our friends Liz and Steve recently installed a dual solar system. It provides hot water and energy for the central heating. The system was fitted on a south-facing roof at the same time as an extension was being built onto their interwar semi, so disruption was minimal.
At £7,000, it certainly wasn’t cheap, but they assure me that they would do it again.
There are two heat-gathering panels, filled with an antifreeze-type liquid pressurised to 3-4 bar; these are heated by the sun. The liquid transfers energy via a heat exchanger to water in a thermal store tank. This has been slotted into a former airing cupboard. The tank is linked to the gas boiler, which is set not to fire up while the solar system’s temperature remains above a certain level.
Their system — from — produced heat in the depths of winter and, since the summer (despite the cloudy skies), the gas boiler has not been needed for two showers, a bathtub, a washing machine, a dishwasher and general use. Their gas bills have plummeted.
Next time Russia threatens to turn off Europe’s gas, Liz and Steve will have secure heat and not be too worried about rocketing bills.
- Tony Juniper is a former director of Friends of the Earth;
You can find this at The Times Online:
31 Jul 2009
There is a totally independent report on eight different systems. Send me an e-mail and I'll send you the relevant section: email@example.com
31 Jul 2009
An email correspondent advises anyone interested in solar energy to deal only with members of the .
31 Jul 2009
I thought that the report AES SOLAR mentions would be of general interest, so I've posted it .
12 Aug 2009
Have you installed your system yet? As it seems you have all of the proof that Solaressence are the best, your friends speak highly of them or maybe you are a fence sitter and to you, hard sell is the truth you cannot accept.
Solar works, the dual system is the most advanced system on the market. Fact - can you see the wind? No but you know it is there. If you had signed up to Solaressence and had a system installed and you had time wasters phoning you all day asking , how would you feel, not too happy. Solaressence protects past and present customers and to go handing out customers' details to every Tom, Dick and time waster is not the way forward.
14 Aug 2009
Be wary of the hard sell. Some of the companies that employ this technique rely on hard-nosed salesmen that know enough about the system to try and force a sale. Although, unfortunately, some of them can be a little economical with the truth (as seen on the watchdog type programmes on tv).
Any solar installation company worth its salt will give you time to think about it. This is a considerable investment and no one should force you into it. A reputable solar thermal company is usually a member of the Solar Trade Association. To be a member of the STA the company agrees not to employ such hard sell techniques, and also to give the customer a cooling off period, even after signing the contract. They will also be pretty happy to supply you with references and happy customers.
I work with Bright Energy Ltd and if we lose a sale due to not pressurising the customer then so be it. At least I can sleep at night with a clear conscience. I'm much happier knowing our customers have chosen our systems on their merits and not from some arm-twisting.
Director of Bright Energy Ltd www.brightenergy.biz
21 Aug 2009
We had a Solar Essence chap at our house for 2 hours recently and "hard sell" fits the bill - everything had to be agreed that day or else the price would be much higher! In the end I insisted on 24 hours to think about it, then we declined anyway as it was our first "offer" to install solar and I really wanted to check out the competition.
I wish companies would just have a flat price up front, for a standard system, then stiplulate that additional costs may be necessary depending on the installation - e.g. like which I recently discovered, who offer a UK-manufactured system with a very low standard price.
25 Aug 2009
Sorry to hear you had a 'heavy sell' from the firm you contacted. () which designs, manufactures, supplies and installs solar hot water systems, doesn't use any sales gimmicks or high-pressure selling techniques: the client's needs are discussed before taking things further, which is something what any good company should do.
15 Mar 2010
I just had a 'hard sell' on the phone from a Solar Essence cold call, and it took me 4 minutes for me to make him tell me who he represented and where he was coming from, the old post code selection gambit was used, and when I made it clear that I wanted to know more about the company and what they were offering he kept saying they would give me a free Energy assessment and refused to give me details... it was a very determined hard sell and when I said that I do not work that way he hung up which immediately makes me say never with this company... didn't even have the good grace to say that's fine sir or similar...
14 Jun 2011
I am interested in installing a solar system to my house but very wary of paying over the top for a sub-standard system,as a layman ,the industry seems to be flooded with companies trying to get peoples interest and it's hard to know where to start,I agree with solarman as from an outsiders point of view it is a plumbing/heating engineers job and would welcome any contact from people in my area with more expertise who would be interested in quoting for installing a system for me,firstname.lastname@example.org
20 Jul 2011
We had a saleman around from Solar Essence Tretford, he was great, he explained about the FIT system, how there company worked, the difference panels. there was NO hard sale.
23 Jul 2011
Just get 6 quotes like I did - Tell each representative you are getting quotes from other companies - Don't tell them how much you have been quoted by anybody else - make sure the specification is the same for each quote - then decide which one you want to do business with. The companies I dealt with - in Essex were keen to show me photos of jobs they have already done
If you don't follow this system you may be fleeced uneccessarily- Happy shopping-