How to Detect an Internet Solar Energy Scam

Posted on April 27,2015 by ab3 in photovoltaic

All I was trying to do was find some sports scores on Yahoo the other day when I saw it. I don't go looking for this stuff, and when I do see it, I try to ignore it. But this one clotheslined me with an unfair term. That's the ad in question to the right. Have you seen it? I probably shouldn't tell you the name of the website (, but the kryptonite term that made my fingers go apoplectic was “free energy.” Seeing it capitalized intensified the effect. And the photo! Is that a diseased wireless router robot surrendering its secrets to me?

Stay Away from Foil-Faced Bubble Wrap

Posted on April 27,2015 by user-756436 in bubble wrap

Most brands of foil-faced bubble wrap are only 3/8 inch thick or less, and have an R-value of only 1.0 or 1.1. Since the product often costs more per square foot than 1-inch thick rigid foam rated at R-5, why would anyone use bubble wrap as insulation?

FTC Cracking Down on False R-Value Claims

Posted on April 27,2015 by AlexWilson in exaggeration

Most of us want to do the right thing in improving the energy performance of our homes. We research energy-saving products like appliances and insulation. We search the internet or clip ads from the paper looking for products that will save us the most energy (and money). We look for the most R-value for the money. Well-meaning homeowners do this all the time.

Martin’s Useless Products List

Posted on April 27,2015 by user-756436 in bubble wrap

Every day, marketers convince hundreds of people to spend money on useless “energy saving” gadgets. Since these marketers show no signs of going away, it’s time to highlight their products with a ten-worst list.

‘Insulating’ Paint Merchants Dupe Gullible Homeowners

Posted on April 27,2015 by user-756436 in ceramic beads

Scammers have been selling “insulating” paint to gullible consumers for at least 27 years. Among the exaggerated claims made by distributors of these overpriced cans of paint is that the “low-e” coatings will “lower energy bills.” In addition to liquid paint, some fraudsters sell powders or paint additives, usually described as “miracle” products containing “micro-spheres” or “ceramic beads.”

Beware of R-Value Crooks

Posted on April 27,2015 by user-756436 in FTC

Scammers continue to use exaggerated R-value claims to peddle inferior insulation products, in spite of the existence of strong consumer protection laws. Year after year, naïve builders fall prey to Web-based marketing pitches for “miracle” products like “insulating” paint and 1-inch-thick R-10 foam.

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