This post was taken from a Colleagues blog and we give full credit for them writing the below:
"Like most build industries, it is easy to low-ball a quote. Separate the end user from the product (ie- through a developer or builder) and that is the tendency - to bid low.
Here’s how it is done:
We at ACES-Energy have come in contact with this over the past several years in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region! Many times, the lowest bidder is awarded the job but the results are far from the customer's expectations! In the end, it actually will cost the customer more as repairs can be expensive! Many of our customers receive multiple quotes and we warn them to compare the quotes "Apples to Apples" to be sure the same equipment is being installed. The proposal and installation is more than just the geothermal heat pump. It starts with the details of the design, the loop field installation, indoor piping installation (PVC? We hope not!), flow center, controls, ductwork, removal of existing equipment, owner/operator training, warranty, insulation, buffer tank, companies insurance and finally, is the person who sold you the job a salesman on commission or the one that will: write the proposal, do the design, order the material, install the system, service the system and answer their phone regardlress of the day or time? We at ACES-Energy pride our selves as who visits you at your home are also in the field doing the installation! Why would we take a shortcut when we would just be the ones being called back to fix it??
Obtaining a permit and/or variance to install a wind turbine has become a challenge and ACES-Energy welcomes the task. The Town of Livonia, on the North East end of Conesus Lake currently allows a 35' tower at a residential home. We installed a 80' tower in anticipation of applying for a variance for a 70' tower for a wind turbine. We will be installing wind velocity monitoring stations at both 35' and 70'. This data will be used in addition to the photos as a demonstration for the town and neighboring property owners. Keep checking back for updates!
Many of our customers who reduce their dependency on fossil fuels are experiencing a decrease on their homeowners insurance. By switching from a fossil-fuel based heating system to a ground source heat pump system, many insurance companies are offering a discount. This discount is offered because their is no combustion taking place which increases the safety in ones home. This article outlines how one insurance company is offering a 5% discount for either a geothermal heating & cooling system or installing solar photovoltaic panels.
ACES-Energy is based in upstate, New York and specializes in renewable energy including Geothermal, Solar Photovoltaic and Wind Solutions for Residential and light commercial buildings. Our service area ranges from Rochester, Buffalo and the Finger Lake region.