Monthly Archives: February 2013

Reviews pay dividends

tick boxes

We all use TripAdvisor to check out the hotel or holiday resort. We know the brochure should tell the truth but we still like to get, unbiased independent comments from people who have stayed there or eaten a meal and lived to tell the tale!

Why then should double glazing be any different? (more…)

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Double glazing leads, dont get caught.

window fitters

A couple of weeks ago a company I know was approached by a business who are an information based company hosting several “double glazing” and other industry web sites, attracting retail customers to leave their personal details and offering to find them honest, reputable and reliable double glazing companies close to them.

They were offering installation companies a free, lead  generation trial.

You see they suggest they would supply any double glazing company (who cares to sign up) with a name, address and relevant contact details from retail customers who left their details, looking for conservatory or double glazing companies.

Nothing wrong there, is there, it’s not against the law is it?

Well no providing they tell you that your details will be sold onto others in this way. Remember all companies need work, they survive on new business be it from existing customers or brand new ones.

Paying for this information isn’t wrong either but having to commit to buying a minimum of 5 leads every week, at just under £40 each means a chunky weekly bill of £200pw, what’s more they sell the same information to 3 other companies so effectively getting £800 for the same 5 contact names.

Profitable business eh?

Well, do the sums if every lead is sold on for £140! There are 12,000 installation companies in the double glazing industry and they list more than 150 other industries………

So, when you complete any form on the Internet, especially those saying they can find you the best, cheapest, closest company and will do so for free, just remember that they are doing so because your personal data is gold dust to them. Some web sites get to sell your data onto as many companies as it likes.

Not so with (DGC) Sure we will also help you find suitable companies but we don’t charge you for doing so, nor do we ask for your personal data, therefore we cannot sell on any (nor would we). Instead, we encourage customers to leave reviews, you’re then free to read them, free to select those that stand out for you and then if you like what you’ve read, either email them, look at the web site or phone them direct.

YOU remain in control of your personal data, at all times.

We don’t get kick backs or payments from any company, our only source of income is via companies who wish to display lots of information about themselves. We remain independent and you can read here to see how this site is funded, why we’re independent and our charges.


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Green Deal guide from Money Saving Experts


Martyn Lewis of MSE (Money Saving Experts) has kindly written a guide to explain how Green Deal works, the cash benefits for having a loan, and the numerous pitfalls that accompany the scheme.

Interestingly their guide shows that goods bought via the GD will cost consumers MORE, more than twice as much MORE. They explain that goods costing £2500 end up costing £5020, that’s 100% more than the goods themselves going in additional charges!!!(see example on item 9)

Clearly if the projected savings from energy bills are £5040 then there are REAL SAVINGS of over £2500 by paying for the goods at the time the windows are installed, even a bank loan of 7% only costs £210 pa, and thats for the SAME energy efficient windows as the Green Deal offers so its well worth investing in energy efficient windows and se if you can afford them.

People also belive that the Green Deal has guaranteed savings, well again thats not true. There are potential savings that could be made, but it requires the homeowner to lower their usage, most people wear fewer clothes if the temperature is comfortable, so there wont be any savings if the thermostat doesn’t get turned down, otherwise it will cost you twice, once in the gas you continue to use and again in the new loan via the electric bill.

Others too believe the debt isn’t personal, that’s very true, the debt belongs and stays with the property, however, you try selling your home with a 25 year debt attached to it, it’ll be very personal when you cannot sell your home or worse still knock off the debt from your asking price!

Such a pity the government didn’t listen to feedback from industry, there were a number of good ideas to simplify the process but instead we have an expensive, bureaucratic, cumbersome scheme that ends up costing the homeowners of the country double the amount of the improvements themselves.

And with the big six energy companies owning the regulator………..there will be calls for mis-selling before the end of the year.

Link to MSE guide on Green Deal here.


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