Had a van drive up today with a couple guys in it. They asked me if I could spare 20 minutes to do the weatherizing and energy help for my house. They made it clear that if I didn’t let them do this that I’d be dropped from the CARE program and loose the fridge they said they would give me to replace my 20 plus year old model that was really good for many years and didn’t use much power. Why they kept strong arming me to do their work I didn’t understand. After pushing their way into my house they started casing the place pointing out my electronics devices. As they went into the kitchen the tail lop trips over the only thing on the floor my cat food plate of food and the water bowl on a bright red piece of carpet. I point out all the lights are LED’s. They tell me they need to replace light bulbs with compact florescent bulbs so I don’t loose the care program. I don’t know why I’d want a lesser quality item that uses more power. The living room area has a string of small lights around the ceiling that lights up the room with a nice soft light. It’s perfect to dim for watching movies. With it so hot I keep the doors and windows closed during the day. When they came in they left the doors open. I had to close the screen door to keep the bugs out but by that time they had gone into the kitchen. I really hate people coming into my house to see the items I have. I don’t know what type of record these guys have and don’t know what type of people this company hires. They could have drug habits and never get tested at work. They are just subcontractors to PG&E which I’ve had to deal with on other matters. I finally had to have a PG&E supervisor come out to see the problem before I had it resolved. So I know PG&E doesn’t check on the subcontractors employees. They just hire a company and fire them if they don’t work out and don’t have any liability to the subcontractors only the subcontractor can be held liable for any thing.
So the guys walk into the bathroom it takes two guys to look at everything. I’m guessing the little guy the Asian guy was the one that pointed the big lop in the right direction and tells him what to do. Twenty minutes had turned into 30 minutes and nothing was done. When they looked at the bathroom and the shower head they said this is fucked up. It’s a piece of shit. We can’t install anything here except this hose thing with a shower head on the end. Fine I said do the work. Take care of it. I pointed out if they break a pipe they fix it and that would be rather costly. The pipes in the wall are steel and are 70 plus years old. The little guy said all we can do is put the hose on the pipe coming out of the wall. go head, start working. But we can’t. Why not. you said you’d be here 20 minutes and it’s a half hour later and you haven’t done a thing. But we can’t… So I asked let me talk to your supervisor. He tells me that he doesn’t have a signal. So I handed him a phone. He told me he can’t call him. Then ran out of the house with the lop behind him. Why they asked me to see the water heater and never went to check that while we were outside at first I just don’t understand. For workers that came out to do a job they sure came up with a lot of excuses why they couldn’t do the job. I tried to get the supervisors number but they wouldn’t give it to me. As far as that goes I don’t even know the names of the two guys because they never told me or gave me a chance to see an I.D. and write down there names and I.D. numbers and the company name. I had to call PG&E first to get the name of the company. Why they lied to me about trying to call me and said they couldn’t get a hold of me was a real joke. I talked to one person and they asked me if I was going to be home on Tuesday. This is Wednesday. I did find Staples & Associates on the web. The Sacramento area number is; 916-771-4280 the number of the main office for Staples doing the CARE program is in Bakersfield 888-324-0930. They are in a few state so here’s the URL to their site; http://staplesenergy.com/contact-us/