A couple years ago a guy came to the house to talk about installing solar panels on the roof. He said our roof is ideal. It's big enough, at a suitable angle and faces due south. Here was the deal - you took out a loan to cover the cost of installation, repayable over twenty years and meanwhile the revenue from selling your electricity to EDF paid the load. In twenty years time, quids in!
Had we been in our twenties we might have considered this, but not now.
Anyway last night a woman rang saying that EDF were looking for homes to install solar panels, and they would cover the installation charge.
Now on the phone you can never tell whether someone is from EDF or not, but hey...
I recounted the above, and she said, "No, this time EDF pays for it. We'll make an appointment and someone will call in about 20 minutes to confirm it."
Twenty minutes later, someone calls. I recounted the above. The person said, "well what we're proposing is the same thing, a loan over twenty years. Shall we cancel the appointment?"
We cancelled the appointment.