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This business does energy audits and energy efficient improvements.
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- Response to 2 complaint(s) filed against business.
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Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business ManagementMr. Michael Truitt, Executive Director Ms. Anna Murphy, Bookkeeper
Energy Conservation Stores Energy Audits Energy Management and Conservation Construction Companies Solar Energy Equipment Companies Kitchen Remodeling Kitchen and Bath Designers Insulation Contractors Remodelers Window Companies
Service AreaFort Collins, Loveland, Boulder, Longmont, South East Wyoming
Alternate Business NamesColorado Home Energy Solutions LLC
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Complaint: We received an invoice for work that was not substantiated, from a salesman with deceptive sales practices. *Oct 24, 2012 - we requested an estimate to insulate our attic from ThisEfficientHouse.com and were provided with an estimate ($3,289) to insulate our attic and the garage. *Dec 17, 2012 - we once again requested an estimate for insulating only the attic and obtained an estimate ($1,777). We then contacted the company to proceed with the insulation of the attic. *Dec 19, 2012 - installers were scheduled to arrive at 8:30AM and to be there until 4:30PM to complete the inside portion of the job. They were informed that my wife had an appointment in the morning and would be gone for ~1/2 hr. The installers showed up a bit after 9:30AM and were already gone by 11:30AM when my wife returned a 30-40 minutes later. They left the house completely open (unlocked) and left a note saying they did not finish and would return at 8:30AM the following morning. *Dec 20, 2012 - by 9:15AM no one from ThisEfficientHouse.com had arrived or contacted us. My wife had to leave and hence she called the company. The installers indicated that they had not finished the interior work because there was some confusion over what needed to be done. They claimed the bid for installation of the attic only covered part of the attic and they did not understand this as the entire attic needed insulation. We were as confused as the installers as we asked for an estimate to insulate the attic, which in our view means the entire attic! We called the company salesman that afternoon and asked if our original estimate only included part of the attic and why. The salesman was indignant on the phone and never answered the question. In total consternation, my wife suggested that the salesman drop by the following morning when both my wife and I would be home. *Dec 21, 2012 - The salesman dropped by as scheduled and coolly introduced himself. He then sat down and proceeded to produce papers from a folder "This is the original estimate and this is the estimate you requested without the garage and this is a new estimate to insulate the entire house". I then asked "why would anyone provide an estimate to insulate part of the attic when they were asked to do the entire attic. Further why would any company claim we can get rebates for insulating part of the attic?" These were the same questions my wife asked the night before so we thought there would be some answer. Instead the salesman stood up and claimed "I will not be threatened and I do not appreciate you questioning my integrity " and he stomped out of the house. We sat dumbfounded at this behavior and unprovoked outburst. We repeatedly asked a very simple question as to why the original bid did not cover the insulation of the entire attic. This was the same question the installers had. *Dated Dec 21, 2012 - we received an invoice from the company for $598 for basic air sealing with an additional charge of $50 for an extension cord and staple gun. There were further fees such as for "Program pre & post blower door/CAZ test and rebate processing" although there was no work done that would qualify for a rebate.
Desired Settlement: We are confused with the recent invoice we received from ThisEfficientHouse.com and feel that we do not owe this company anything. In our view their sales methods were deceiving and the sales man rude, obnoxious and arrogant. Since this salesman walked out on us after being asked repeatedly why he was presenting us with a new estimate after they claimed work had already been initiated (unsubstantiated as to what was done), we feel we have no confirmation of anything done. In our view this company not only acted unprofessionally, they were unethical in not only providing an answer to a very simple question (why would a company not insulate the entire attic?) but also in providing no evidence of work done and charging for their negligence in leaving materials at the work site. If they had made a mistake in the original estimate and admitted it that would have been fine. Instead, they walked off the job after doing a minimum if any work and expected us to pay for their mistakes and forgotten gold coated tools. We feel that due to the unprofessional and unethical manner we were treated by ThisEffientHouse.com and the minimal to no work performed, that we owe them nothing. Further, we have had to go with a subsequent company to get our attic insulated. I crawled up in the attic and removed their gold plated staple gun and extension cord (both available in total for less than $20 at Home Depot) and they are free to come and pick these up on our front stoop anytime in January.
Business Response: Business Response /* (1000, 8, 2013/01/08) */ Last but not least, we want no further dealings with this customer and have no plans to return to the house or pursue payment for services rendered. It's not worth it as we have 3-5 calls for new business every day and need to prioritize our time towards productive endeavors. Business Response /* (1000, 9, 2013/01/08) */ Combative Customer: In an attempt to resolve the conflict I went to see Mr. *****, who was not "asking simple questions" as he states, but combative and verbally aggressive within 2 minutes of my arrival. I felt it was in the interest of my personal safety to leave the house immediately . All though we had already invested labor and materials, I cancelled any further work. Background: At the request of Mrs. *****-*********, I offered an original bid of $3,289. She was concerned about her budget. After three revisions I got it down to $1,777, by taking various elements of the original estimate off the bid. I eventually proposed a bare-bones estimate and the customer agreed to the scope of work. After we started the job the homeowners then demanded that we do additional work for no charge and I politely refused. Prior to this meeting, Mrs. ***** had already tried to manipulate me into doing extra work for nothing, even after admitting that we where already the lowest bid. It is obvious to me that Mr. ***** thought that if he was hostile and belligerent enough, he could bully me into doing extra work for no charge. As to the "deceptive salesman" charge, we have been recognized numerous times by City of Fort Collins Utilities officials for consistently providing customers with proposals that offer only the most cost effective improvements. Our Reputation: This Efficient House performs more work for the City of Fort Collins Residential Efficiency Program than any other approved contractor. We complete about 50% of all air sealing and insulation projects (over 200 per year) that qualify for rebates city wide. Furthermore, all of our projects get a quality assurance inspection from the City of Fort Collins Utilities. Occasionally we make mistakes, but we always resolve them and stand behind our work with a 3 Year Labor Warranty. All that we ask is that our customers treat us with respect and we will return the favor every time.
BBB's Final Determination: Consumer accepted resolution offered by the business.
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