Are “Free” Energy Audits a scam?

July 22, 2014
How do you know if you need new windows?

You need new windows…

Last week an old client told me they had an “Energy Auditor” knock on their door and offer to give them a “Free Evaluation”.  It turned out to be a 3-hour long sales pitch for very expensive windows.

Beware of this types of sales tactics.  A sharp salesman may talk you into making a purchase you don’t need…

New windows could save you energy, keep you and your belongings safer and make your home look great.  On the other hand, if your doors and windows are NOT drafty, leaky, hot, secure, broken or ugly you do not NEED new doors and windows and can look at other projects to improve your home.

In any case, beware of door-to-door salesmen who want you to make a snap decision about a very important purchase like windows and doors.  Always get a second opinion from a local contractor you can trust for an honest evaluation.

Here is a quick checklist of what to look for when considering new windows:

  • · Drafty & Cold
  • · Too Hot in Summer
  • · Leak Water
  • · Broken
  • · Ugly
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