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How do I know EnergySage quotes are fair?

asked 2015-03-31 18:20:50 -0500

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I've been looking around your site for an hour or so now and have a pretty good idea of what you offer in terms of comparing installers, etc. If I get quotes from EnergySage, how do I know they're fair, though? Couldn't there be other companies out there offering better deals? Why should I stick with shopping for solar on your site?

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answered 2015-04-01 16:09:52 -0500

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updated 2015-04-01 16:09:52 -0500

Hi. I'm currently in the market for solar myself and have utilized EnergySage to elicit quotes. So far I've been extremely impressed. Not only is the site very informative, but I've received quotes from four different installers as well as have been contacted by several others. As for the fairness of the quotes, I'm unsure how best to quantify that. Do your homework. Use EnergySage and contact other installers yourself to elicit quotes. Compare and contrast. I've done this. I haven't noticed any differences in quotes provided by EnergySage vendors versus other contractors. I've received a range of quotes and solutions by both. EnergySage put me in contact with vendors from a wider area than I would have looked myself. In the end, I'll be picking from one of the contractors from EnergySage since those were the ones I was most impressed with.

If you are serious about researching this, give it a try. You don't even have to provide a phone number. This avoids you being bombarded by installers on the phone. You can handle all of your contact via the EnergySage website and its messaging platform. And then when you need to deal more closely with particular vendors, share your number directly. Worst case, if you don't like EnergySage, just stop using the system.

I've been very happy with what EnergySage provides.

Good luck.

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answered 2015-04-08 15:20:52 -0500

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updated 2015-04-08 15:20:52 -0500

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Hi nedAZ,

We have a stringent process for accepting installers into our network in terms of their quality and expertise, but have no rules regarding how they set their prices within our Solar Marketplace. In this respect, when you get quotes from our installers, you are seeing a fair representation of the offers that are available in your area.

We actually encourage you to go out and explore options outside our Marketplace in addition to the shopping you do within the Marketplace. Even if you don't end up choosing one of our installers, we're sure that you will find it useful in narrowing down your options. Read more about why you shouldn't shop for solar without EnergySage (whether you buy through us or not).

That being said, our data to date shows that customers who shop for solar using our Marketplace can pay up to 20% less for their systems than those who don't. This is because when someone shops on our Marketplace, they can easily compare quotes on an apples-to-apples basis, making it easy to negotiate a better deal. We also encourage our customers to be well-informed about the ins and outs of going solar with our extensive resource library, which we recommend you check out as you do your shopping. Getting educated about solar is one of the best ways to ensure that the decision you make in the end is the right one.

You might find the following links to be of further interest to you:

How to choose a solar installer

What questions should you ask your solar installer?

(PS. pete-kunsaitis brought up many of these points in his response to your question. Thanks for the praise, Pete!)

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