Readers' tips of the month - January 2015
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 29 January 2015 at 9:57 am
Mistakes are always one of the best learning opportunities, so we're always grateful when readers share theirs making it possible for the rest of you to get the learning without the pain of getting it wrong first.
And pain is what this retired widow from Staffordshire experienced at the hands of some dodgy sales people. So much so, she chose it as her username. She has had solar panels for the last three years and has had no problems with them. But when the infrared heating person came to call she was gulled into a bad buy:
"In October 2014 I had clear heater rads (the infrared principle) installed removing my reliable gas central heating. Gullible to say the least, as I believed in the expected and guaranteed energy saving to my cost!. I was foolish to have fallen for the hard sell although at the time it did not seem that way. I wish there had been more information and publicity in general on this type of heating."
This isn't the first time I've heard of infrared heating salespeople targeting those with solar panels, so do watch out, or read my blog Can I power infrared heating from my solar panels (and the comments underneath).
Another warning comes from Gordon, owner of Redbridgelakes.co.uk, a nature park on the outskirts of London.
“We have a heat pump, solar tubes and solar panels. They all work very well but my mistake was I installed them all separately and found linking them together so they worked in harmony very difficult."
His wise advice is to "find yourself someone who understands it all so that the programmer/programmers work with each other, otherwise you are likely not to get the best out of it".
It's advice I would heartily endorse. While it has got better than it was when we started out in 2008, there's still a bit of a dearth of joined up thinking. If you can't get a contractor who can do all the work, at very least make it very clear where the responsibility lies for joined up thinking!
Photo: Infrared Panel Heating
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