Threatened to cut my service when I was 5 days late
“ I have been a customer for over 4 year - never a late payment. I mistakenly entered the wrong date on bill pay (one month later). The first notice (5 days after the due date) was an email disconnect notice. Wow. I paid the bill immediately and sent an email to that effect with a note that I entered the wrong date. One week later I received a paper cut off notice. I contacted two email customer service addresses (one on the cut off notice and one on their website) to tell them how I was unhappy with how they handled this issue. No one has responded. Really? Pathetic. ”
April 23rd, 2014
Started out good
“ I have been with champion for 4 years. They have good customer service and had great plans. But because they have gotten bigger overthe past few years, they no longer care about giving good rate plans. Their rates are no longer any better than reliant or txu. That is not how you keep good customers. I had rates in the 8's the whole 4 years but now the best they can do is 9.6. Really? I am very disappointed with how things are going and will try a different provider. Hopefully I will be one of the few and pick a decent provider. ”
June 26th, 2013
Never sent me a bill, cut off my electricity after admitting it was an error on their part!!!!
“ I signed on with champion last year, no problems until now. I have not received a bill since I moved into my new apartment, I called to check my bill and they said I was late on my payment. I was told they had accidentally starting sending my bills to my e-mail account ( I do not have internet service ) and that my electricity was going to be shut off within 24 hours. As an unemployed father of 4 children under the age of 6, I am unable to pay a $72 bill until next week and they would not allow me a few days to get the money together. Now our electric has been off for 3 days and my children are burning up! I paid a $350 deposit and they shut my electric off for a $72 bill! ”
August 9th, 2012
Great, great provider!
“ I wish we had switched sooner. Easy to follow bill, great rates, and awesome customer service. ”
August 16th, 2011
Bad Billing Practices
“ Twice this year we have mailed in our check and they have sent us a notice that we were late in paying. Today when it happened my wife called them and told them that we mailed payment (through a postal box) 7 days earlier. Didn't matter. Not their fault. Well, it isn't our fault either. So now we have a late fee and a hit on our credit. Plus, she then paid by phone and they told her that if (when) the mailed check comes through that they will apply it as credit to next month's bill. Problem is that we do not have an extra $180 sitting in checking. But that's our problem. We have been with them for years and have never paid late. Plus, we have recommended them to many others. But no more recommending them since now we are being treated like slackers. I suppose they are all heartless and soulless corporations these days. ”
December 7th, 2015
Good and Bad over 12 months
Over the past 12 months I've experienced the good and bad of Champion Energy.
Rates are competitive
Initiate and transfer electric service smoothly
Bill and apply payment on time
Helpful usage tools
Customer Service is professional, courteous, and answers on less than 3 rings.
Upon transferring service to a new location, a new account was opened. The current term plan failed to transfer to the new account. Although Customer Service was polite, 5 calls later over a 2 week period resulted in no change, despite many unfulfilled assurances. I was then informed their "contract dept" couldn't keep up with demand.
Obviously, I was forced to elevate the situation, and have decided I no longer wish to conduct business with a company that doesn't have the resources in place to properly service my account. Hard costs are one thing, soft costs (demands on my time) are the deciding factor.
Perhaps you'll have a better experience. ”
June 29th, 2015
Was Great but
“ They were great for 5 years customer service etc. Prices are to high now I asked for a better rate ti see how much they appreciated their long term customers No can do,ok were not married lol so I found a much better rate ”
June 27th, 2014
“ As with several other customers of Champion, I was really happy when I made the change to Champion. Now I am regretting it. These additional charges from Oncor are boosting my monthly bill around $50.00 a month. Look at your bills, PLEASE. It does not say Oncor it says TDU Pass-Through charges. You may be riding on an old contract that does not have these charges so buyer beware when you renew. In the past Champion did not have these charges, I scan and keep all of my bills so when looking back on the older bills these charges were not there. This totally defeats getting a really good KWH rate. I will be looking to cancel my contract with Champion and moving onto another provider. Note to Champion.....some times it is just better to raise YOUR rate to absorb these Oncor charges rather than placing an additional charge on our monthly bill. So disappointed and I have been a long time customer. Many friends are cancelling over this also. ”
January 11th, 2014
Fallen from grace
“ I've been with Champion Energy since 2009 and have always been VERY happy with my rates. I have always bragged about Champion and referred them to anyone who asked who I used. But sadly, they have driven their prices up and I will no longer remain a customer. I understand all electric companies have seen increases but even with that, Champion has gone from one of the cheapest to one of the must expensive and the no longer bundled TDU rates don't help. Their website has a lot of great features and is easy to use, the bills are easy to pay and keep track off and as of late they have been emailing me weekly usage rates so I know to expect what my bill for the month will be...if you are willing to pay much more for these things than it would still be worth it. But I have faith that my new provider can provide me a quality website and bill payment and I will be paying significantly less for it. I would return to Champion in a heartbeat if they decided to become the people's Champion again one day and return to being a low cost provider. ”
August 1st, 2013
go's higher & higher
“ starts out a good low price. then as you stay with them they will go higher and higher before you know it you will be up to 14. something. no good. ”
January 6th, 2012
“ Champion hires other companies to go door-to-door, selling their services. The person who signed us up told my mom that she should be getting a discount of up to 40% because she is over 70 and that she could get the discount after her first full bill if she signed a 36 month contract. The only discount that Champion offers is a 10% and that is only on a 24 month contract. They took the person's information, but as he does not work directly for them, I doubt that there is anything they can really do. Personally, I felt that they could have offered her the 10% discount at least for the 24 months, but her contract is too long. On top of all of that, her bill was actually $70 higher than with her original company. We're stuck for 35 more months, and then we are out of here. Champion made no effort to make things right, and they should and could have done better. ”
July 6th, 2018
Champion charges for paying on line
“ Am I the only one that is brother by having to pay a $3.00+ fee for paying electronically? I've paid my electric bill on line for years without any fee and did not realize Champion charged for this convenience. Probably would not have choosen Champion had I known. ”
September 13th, 2012
Bad service and inept service personnel
“ Had Champion Energy for my daughters college apartment. Put in a transfer notice for service at new address. After several confirming phone calls from Champion power was to be turned on Friday. As of this writing no power at 11 a.m. Monday. After many calls to the service department over the weekend and promises of calls from supervisors and emergency orders for connection ....no power. If and when they do get it on we will be shopping for a new provider. This is south Texas during the summer. ”
June 11th, 2012
“ I had signed up with Champion Energy then got a call from Green Mountain. Green Mountain offered me a better plan than the one I had before. I called to cancel with Champion, then I was told that I had passed the 3 day cancellation period, so I said "ok, then I'll stay with you". Next thing I knew Champion sent me a final bill for 4 days of service with a $275.00 bill. NOT something I expected :( In the span of 2 months I spent close to 850.00 in utility bills from both Green Mountain and Champion Energy. ”
October 26th, 2019
Contract expires and price gouging begins
I switched to Champion Energy because I read to good reviews and my bill did go down for the time my contract was valid. However, my contract expired and no one told me until I received a ridiculously high bill. I immediately contacted their customer service and was told, "Well your contract expired, we sent you emails to inform you." I checked my emails and there was NO email from them.
With all that, I was willing to resign and asked that they make the rate retroactive to the bill they sent. I was told that is not possible and they don't do that.
They are more that willing to gouge up the price but are not willing to help. The customer service rep was repeating responses from a play book and offered no help whatsoever. I am very disappointed with their reaction, or lack there of, and lack of concern. If they are such a customer friendly company, maybe they need to train their customer service reps, or have supervisors around who can make decisions.
Very sad.... ”
September 16th, 2019
My bills Doubled
“ switched to Champion when previous rate expired-Champions rate was .01/kwhr more, but my cost DOUBLED compared to last year's bills. Not happy. ”
July 31st, 2019
“ First, I was told when I first signed up for the service that this was a budget billing account, meaning the amount is the same each month and then I would true up at the end of the contract if there was anything owed. SO, I set up my banking to pay the amount I was told and now this is the 2nd time they have disconnected my power for 21 days past due, this time it was $52, the last time it was $35 and the last time I discussed this in detail with them and they said the account was fixed and would not happen again. WELL, IT DID TODAY!!! I have several issues with this. 1. Why is the bill more than what I agreed to when I signed up for this account? 2. WHY on earth would they disconnect for such a low amount which isnt even 30 days past due? 3. WHY would they disconnect when temperatures outside are near 100 degrees? I explained to them I have animals and I cannot be left to go 24 hours without power. The customer service was lacking. THEY DID NOT CARE. Why is your policy to disconnect 21 days past the due date? IF I can cancel service and go with a different provider, I will. I explained to the CS Rep that I lost my job 3 months ago and I am only on my 3rd week at a new job and would be paid on Friday and that I had NO money to pay today, he didnt care and was very rude when he said as much. But if my bill is supposed to be the same amount each month and you can clearly see I pay the exact same amount since the first payment, WHY on earth would I be treated this way? No compromise, allowing me to set up a payment plan to pay Friday or anything. It was their way, period. VERY Dissatisfied and WILL NOT recommend anyone to Champion energy. I am glad to see so many people are happy with the service but be forewarned, the CS Reps obviously don't have a clue about their product otherwise, this wouldn't have happened to me a 2nd time. ABSOLUTLY RIDICULOUS!! ”
July 22nd, 2015
“ I have had Champion for well over a year and was so happy with this company. I had been bragging recently to some friends and said I would gather my bills. Last month and this month seemed little high but I thought it was the colder weather. I went over every bill from the time I switched to Champion and discover in Nov 2013 I began having a delivery charge, on November bill it was $103 but this month it was $170 on top of my normal bill. This was not on any other bill! This makes Champion completely out of the league for competitive rates in this area. Very upset and looking for another provider! ”
February 7th, 2014
What in the world happened?
We've been hit with huge delivery charges after a renewal. Was very happy with Champion until this point. Suddenly, we're paying over $60 for a delivery fee? The "note" explaining these Delivery Charges does not match up with the cost of the fee. According the per Kwh charge, should be about $5. But it is over $60. We were expecting great rates, but this exploded the rate to almost double the cost.
That's very deceptive.
Champion says "no hidden fees" on their website. When we renewed we never expected to see this. See where someone else posted about same problem.
Wonder if this is 1) legal, 2) normal cost with other services. 3) ethical ”
July 28th, 2013
Beware! Your Credit Rating will be impacted if you miss just one payment
“ Overall, I was happy with Champion Energy Services until I inadvertently missed making a payment for one billing cycle. Our Champion Energy Services account was under my wife's name. I was always paying my bills on time and I had never missed a payment. One time, I made a mistake while setting up a payment using my Bank of America Bill Payment Service. I actually paid the wrong company while my intention was to pay Champion Energy Services. That was my mistake. What was shocking for me was that the one time I missed making the payment was reported to credit rating agencies. My wife's credit rating (the name on the account) was lowered because Champion Energy Services had reported the one time late payment. My wife asked me what happened. Initially, I responded by saying that the bill was paid on time. It took me a while to figure out that I have made a mistake. This is a serious issue. You may not be aware of that your credit rating has been ruined. In my opinion, Champion Energy Services should have made some effort to contact us before reporting us a delinquent. They should have also looked at our history of payments and take into account all this before reporting to credit reporting agencies. One mishap; your credit rating ruined! Since this very serious issue, I had to rate them very low. ”
January 4th, 2013
“ I came home to no power. Called an electrician out and they found that my power was shut off. I called Champion Energy and after 2 calls I found out that someone e-mailed them to cancel my service. I was on the phone with 4 people over 3 hours and they could not help me until they investigate. I was promised a supervisor call back from Ms. Anita twice which I never received. I did not cancel my power and had no reason to. Champion screwed up and I suffer.They absolutely did not care and gave me no idea when I will have power again. ”
April 3rd, 2012
Crooks -- overcharging
“ I had picked Champion Energy because of their low rates. That is until my contract ran out and I went to another provider. Even after the 12 month contract had expired I was charged using their month to month billing price. This was still very low, so no big deal. I went with another electricity provider and recieved my FINAL bill ( 16 days ) which was more than the whole month prior. I finally got my bill in the mail and noticed they had charged me 3 times to amount per kWh ( 21.444 cents per kWh )than I have every been charged. I guess that is thier way of saying thanks for your business and here's your stab in the back for leaving us. I'll NEVER go back to these guys again....I don't care if they are the cheapest listing, because I'll pay in the ass when I leave them. I'll also be reporting this over charge to the BBB. ”
September 12th, 2011
Poor Customer Service and Billing
My personal home and businesses used Champion
Energy for over a year. I moved to a new home
that did not allow me to choose my energy
provider. When I moved I paid my final bill. 6
months later I get a call from a collections
agency saying that I owe Champion. I have never
received an email, phone call or a letter
stating that I had a balance that I needed to
pay although the customer service rep said they
tried to contact me. Tried to resolve it with
the customer service rep but "it was out of her
hands". Well I guess my other businesses will
be out of their hands as I will cancel my
service. Was told I would get a phone call to
see if someone could help me but guess they are
too busy to get back to me. ”
April 16th, 2012
Great price, bad service
I have no problems with my bills from this company. They were always
right, always low, and always forgiven for their lateness when I forgot to
pay on time. Which I do often.
The thing is, they're really hard to get ahold of when you need to talk to
customer service. And the pay-online feature WOULD NOT work with my
computer (I have a mac), so I was constantly having to call and try to
figure out why. They may have finally solved this problem, but I'm moving
anyway so I'll probably switch. ”
July 21st, 2010
Suddenly canceled service
“ After 6 months my year long contract was suddenly canceled with no warning and the only notification was a minor note on a bill. Got dinged for $150 cancelation fee (when I didn't cancel anything). ”
June 22nd, 2020
“ Switched a few months back, nearly 7 months now. They cannot get my bill right, they keep apologizing but nothing happens. Of course the bill is too high, they don't seem to ahve any hurry in fixing the billing. ”
April 17th, 2018
“ This past summer, a Champion Energy rep "encouraged" me to contact her at renewal time and indicated she would work with me. I had replied to a survey and stated that price was paramount for me. When I contacted her, all she did was quote me the rates and state that Champion Energy's "system" could not handle any deviations. I was terribly misled. ”
December 19th, 2014
Hidden "Deliver" charge after 2 years-BEWARE of renewing!!
“ I recently renewed my service because I absolutely loved the service and were the most competitive energy company out there. I renewed my service as I never intended to go anywhere else. Then recently I looked at my previous two bills wondering why my bill was so much higher. Then I see these "Delivery" charges on my account that are almost equal to my entire bill itself. I CANNOT believe this, and after I called and spoke to a representative, they said that the new contracts now have a delivery charge and the old contracts are no longer being used and if I wanted to change that I would have to pay a 150.00 charge. I referred this company to everyone and now I am warning everyone. I am extremely disappointed at how they take advantage of their faithful customers. ”
October 10th, 2013
After renewal, the bill skyrocketed!
I was pretty satisfied with Champion energy until my contract expired & I didn't get change to renew it on time. Since then I did sign another contract with them for the lowest possible rate but my bills are astronomical now!!!!!!! I wish I didn't sign new agreement with Champion. This is crazy, highway robery!
I know it's summer & this is Texas, but our bill was never this high, ever! Our bill is double for this past month comparing to previous summer months. I will definitelly shop for new company before this contract even expires. Feeling cheated. I used to recomend them, but not anymore! ”
September 12th, 2013
Delivery Charges Substantially Higher
Not happy with the $150 delivery charge on this months bill. I renewed my contract last month and locked in at a lower rate. While my usage was higher this month I expected the bill to be lower because of the lower rate. (.097 vs .122). The bill was higher.
Please explain $150 delivery charge and why it is not any any of my previous bills. ”
August 21st, 2013
Billing Penalty Miscue
“ I was threatened with disconnection even though Champiuon had my check (which was mis filled-out by me) They treated me as a deadbeat payer, I called and emailed customer sevrice to find out what the issue was and they ignored me. Just told me to pay. I repayed. Then they 2 weeks later informing me the check was address to the wrong company. The wonders of communicating with customet dis-servce. One department doesn't communcate with another. By the way, I am a long time customer and not happy with my treatment ”
May 31st, 2013
Regrets - just another tricky reseller
Rates are comparable to local service.
They bill separately from our provider.
Unreasonable payment terms (15 days) AND I had issues trying to pay on-line, every time. Got so aggravated each month I just said screw it and lety them wait for the USPS.
Watch the contract. They bail on you and stick you with a large "TERMINATION FEE." Wish I could tell my customers to buzz off and send them a bill - I'd be a mogul too. ”
July 31st, 2012
Be careful what they tell you.
“ In summary, great pricing, extremely poor customer service. I had a representative tell me one thing before my contract expired and found it to be untrue after it expired. I called to follow up on it and received another answer and was told I'd be credited if I resigned my contract. What they failed to mention was how much I'd be credited. Their customer service is deceptive, so be very careful what they tell you and get specifics otherwise the will not honor what you were told, not get back to you when you contact them, and certain not try to work with you. ”
November 1st, 2010
These guys are jerks
Do not use Champion. They don't return calls, nor do they try to solve issues. They just blame you, charge you extras, and take no responsibility. Repeated phone calls never solve the problem, documented emails don't solve the problem, talking with customer service is like talking to a robot. And the billing department have attitudes that treat you unfavorably within the first call. And you get charged extras that aren't reasonable. ($50 one time charge for a returned check.) I would never recommend them...they start with low rates, but if you ever have problem, they won't solve it, they simply charge you additional fees you've never expect. And you have no recourse. The are very expensive if you have a problem. And when you're stuck in a contract, it feels awful.
Don't use Champion Energy....they don't deliver the promised savings. They recover the charges when problems arise. They are not friendly people.
I recommend 3 people based on the rates and recanted asap. ”
September 21st, 2010
O.K. rates -POOR Customer SERVICE!!!!
“ Rates are good I guess but if you need to call with a question or concern they have VERY BAD and rude customer service. Also, you can't pay over the phone using an automated service. You can wait and wait and wait for BAD customer service reps who WON't help you. ”
July 22nd, 2009