harassed after I switched
I used to have Direct Energy, but decided to switch when I moved.
When I called to tell them I was moving and switching companies, they asked if I wanted to pay my last bill over the phone. I didn't have my bank account information at the time so I told them I would just pay online. The rep kept asking me over and over again, until I started to get annoyed.
Then I started to get calls asking to pay the bill, WAY BEFORE THE DUE DATE. They said it's a courtesy call.
Then after I paid the bill, they called me still to tell me to pay the bill. I had to tell them I already did.
I was a good customer, never behind on paying, so they should not have had to harass me. ”
September 24th, 2009
“ Your online chat, Michael C.,was very helpful. I believe he was the same rep I chatted with last time. ”
April 3rd, 2017
“ Do not allowed the undertrained representatives to take your payment over the phone. I authorized one amount for a specific bill amount verbally and was a charge was placed on my debit card for the entire balance which was not yet due. When discussing their error with their rep immediately after I called back when seeing the incorrect amount on my bank account, I'm told I have to wait 14 days to receive the money back, and then pay the cirrec t amount AGAIN that day to keep connected. UNACCEPTABLE! I then requested next level who said they would cancel the incorrect payment and restore services until my refund is back and I can then pay the accurate amount. That's an ok attempt, but now it's been 3 days and the funds are still pending withdrawal, I have at least one NSF charge to deal with so far because of this, and am not able to buy groceries for the family until my next payday or this money is back in my account. When I asked the second mgr on the second call what happened I was told the initial representative "made a mistske!" Cancelling contract ASAP this is careless. ”
May 12th, 2017
not good if you have to pay late
“ They not the worst, but certainly not the best. The rates are 'ok', but what will get you is if you have to pay late. 3 days after the due date, they issue a disconnect letter, and there is a $30 charge if they send it. It's a ridiculous practice and the customer service dept is not very helpful. ”
October 22nd, 2012
“ I do like that they have a deal with Hallmark A/C. They check our system for free and that is a nice touch. ”
August 11th, 2009
Direct Energy Is Just Average
“ It wasn't the best reason to choose an electric company, but I chose Direct Because I'd been seeing their banners all over the place at the Rocket's games. I figured I'd give them a shot. Well, I did, and I would have to say that they haven't done anything to set themselves apart from any of my past experiences with Reliant and TXU. Their prices are ok, but not fantastic. I would recommend them to someone else, but mostly just because of worst experiences I've had with other providers than anything special they've done for me. ”
June 2nd, 2009
What customer service?
“ When I moved it was a huge hassle to move my service. They made me change plans to a much higher rate and they are still charging me for a house I no longer live in. I have called and chatted and still no help. I hope the people living in my prior place of residence enjoy the FREE ELECTRICITY. PLEASE HIRE PEOPLE WHO CAN UNDERSTAND ENGLISH. ”
June 29th, 2018
Worst billing dept
“ I have been with them for over a year. My avg bill is around 700/month so you would think I would be somewhat important. I signed up online and gave a credit card to direct pay monthly. The credit card number was stolen and had to give a different number. Easy right? NO! I get a call every month and have for the last 6 months from them telling me I need to give them a new credit card number b/c mine is no good. I tried calling once and b/c I am an "online customer" I had to pay 5 or 6 dollars to speak to a live person regarding this. They will not let you speak to anyone that is important. Just the guy from another country that calls you to get the card info every month. Very frustrating when you try to make sure all bills are paid every month and you have to deal with this. When I redo my electric, direct energy will have to be substantially cheaper for me to stay. ”
September 5th, 2013
Contract ended rat almost doubled.
“ I signed up with Direct Energy one year ago when they claimed that they charged less for electricity than their competitor. When the contract ended the charge per KWH (kilowatt hour) went from 7.3 cents to 12.8 cents. ($99.00) I changed electric suppliers at 6.4 cents and for some reason it will take 2 months to switch. So Direct Energy will be raping me for the next two months. ”
August 16th, 2013
Waste of money.
“ I ALWAYS have my lights turned off(never left on)and never have much plugged in but my wifi box 24/7 and sometimes my Tv & Xbox only when im watching tv other then that they are unplugged so concerve electricity and i still use almost $3-$4 dollars a day but the days i seem to use more electricity i use less money which I dont understand and it seems like the more money i put onto my account the faster it runs out and the more money i use . Honestly going to switch companys tomorrow when i get paid . This company is a waste of money ”
January 27th, 2019
Direct Energy Annual Renewal (Mistake or SCAM)
“ On October 30th, 2018 I called to renew my energy plan for 2019. After agreeing on the new rate, which is higher cost, I confirmed with the agent that this new rate was to take place after my existing expired on December 5th since my old rate was cheaper. The agent confirmed. Three days later, November 2nd, I received an email stating my new plan had been accepted and was effective October 4th, 2018 which was wrong and should of been December 5th, 2018 which was 2 months early. Twenty-seven (27) days later and ten (10) phone calls totalling more than 3 hours the issue was finally resolved. Was it a scam or a mistake, I DO NOT KNOW, but if this same thing happened to another 2 million customers, they have 6 million per the internet search, and only half caught their mistake, Direct Energy could of made an additional $13 million if the mistake amount was the same as mine which was $13.12 for only one month. When I asked for some compensation for my spending so much time on the phone, their comment was that I had already received $75.00 when I renewed my plan and they cannot offer compensation more than one time per year. I guess my 3 hours of time was worth nothing since this was all THEIR mistake. I will not renew with Direct Energy again and my suggestion is for each of you to monitor your renewal process for their mistakes. (Note, this also happened on my 2017 renewal but only took one or two calls) I have been a loyal customer of Direct Energy for 9 years. ”
November 30th, 2018
Web System faulty and states incentives that are not delivered
I renewed with Direct Energy (Direct Energy Live Brighter Weekends 24) and the renewal form stated my incentives would be 2 $25 gift cards and a nest thermostat. When I called to find out when I would be receiving my incentives I was told I had a different plan and different incentives.
Other users should beware that they do not honor what you will see when you renew your rate. ”
December 8th, 2017
Worst liars ever!!
“ First of all this company is charging me way to much and I mean way too much for energy they charge me like if I lived in a house and I live in a mobile home of 2 bed 1 bath with no central air we have air units and only 2 one in each room charging me for one month $284 which is ridicoulous and the second is that this company never gave me a good explanation why they have me under a business when clearly this is residential company was bull**** from the start , I investigated why they had me under business for their own security so I wouldn't be able to switch to a different company ”
August 1st, 2017
“ I switched to direct energy but ended up having to cancel on the third day after signing up they charged me 135.00 even though I called on the third day and they try to tell me Saturday is a federal business day to them because they are open so do not use them they will rip you off in the end. ”
July 6th, 2015
Customer Service Sucks
“ I had an incident where I paid for my lights & they show a positive balance but Direct Energy (power to go) still disconnected my service. No one could tell me why this happened & after 4 hours, the electricity was still not turned on. Mind you I am 34 weeks pregnant & on bed rest. I spoke to a rude rep named Audrey who kept over talking me & telling me the same thing over and over that I was going to have to wait close to midnight before my lights could be turned on when they turned them off at 2:30. That's ridiculous!! I have been with them for several years and this is the second time this has happened and no one could tell me why BOTH TIMES. I will be taking my services elsewhere especially if they have employees who are rude to loyal customers. ”
June 26th, 2014
Cancel;ling service, never to return
“ They suck you in with a low rate then jump it up. Let the buyer beware. Look at your bill and the cost of a Kilowatt hour (KWH) Compare Direct Energy's cost with your local provider and all other companies. ”
May 12th, 2014
Very sketchy outfit
“ I have twice been promised a particular price from Direct Energy but then actually received a much higher price then promised. Plus, they got into trouble a few years ago and got permission to raise my rate mid-contract. I switched carriers, paid my last bill, have proof I paid my last bill, never received any collection activity from them and all of sudden get a hit on my credit report for the amount of my last bill. I can actually still log in my account online, which shows my last payment of the amount they say I owe. I would caution anyone from doing business with them. ”
November 12th, 2012
Directl Energy can be expensive
“ They look cheapest on paper, but were more expensive than Green Mountain Energy (and it was a not a month to month contract). I have been shocked by the amount of the bill...even in the winter. ”
January 15th, 2011
“ This company offers discounted rates to NEW customer only. For example, the rate currently offered for new customers is .11+ cents per kwh. The cheapest offered to exsisting customers per my conversation today with Direct is 12.2+ cents. Not much difference, but every penny counts in today's market. You would think Direct would want to keep customers, not offered cheaper rates to a select group and offending the rest of their customer base. ”
July 17th, 2009