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First bill has been overestimated to the point of ridiculous. So I have called to provide an actual read and they tell me that the system is currently down. So now I'm stuck waiting for a call with a bill equivalent to three months worth when we were with AGL!!!! We moved hoping this smaller Australian company would provide better service bit so far that is not the case.
Absolutely hopeless company to deal with -zero customer service.
Kept sending me wildly overestimated bills with a huge price tag.
Kept emailing them photographs of the actual meter reading which they ignored then later said were never received, and they keep telling me I owe them for the huge estimated bills.
Customer service staff are unhelpful and disinterested in solving their problem, which has now become mine.
Never return calls and will tell you anything to get you off the phone.
Be warned. Stay away from this company. They are only interested in price gouging customers.
Been waiting 5 days for a return call back, bill is high for 1 person and no concession connected to my bill
Rang up 5 days ago and still no call back, my very first bill was high and my concession card not connected to my bill and was told my bill will be low but it's high compared to the last company for a month. Funny thing though I don't use are conditioning or heating when it's cold. Not happy
Amazing, friendly customer service
Residential power, quick efficient and perfect performance. Ben was wonderful to deal with. I hope he sees this one day. A lovely gentleman who clearly enjoyed his job. Well done.
Genuine local run Energy Company
I was able to save hundreds and love the fact the team is based in Melbourne.
A much better company than the big energy companies.
I’d highly recommend giving them a go.
DO NOT RECOMMEND - LAZY UNORGANISED
DO NOT RECOMMEND - LAZY AND UNORGANISED Recently installed my solar system, took this company forever to send a service order. I have spent hours not minutes talking with their customer service people who have no idea what they are doing, unprofessional to say the least. The Team Leader finally confirmed that the service order has been completed, I received my bill today and does not show anything regards to the grid or my solar system. So I called them back today itself, to find out that it's been confirmed but not updated and that's what the service team do?! It's been over a month that solar was installed. As soon as this gets completed I'm gone.
Onboarding Issues - Dismal customer support
I transferred to 1stEnergy for my electricity a little over two months ago. They only partially transferred my metering across from my original provider and it has been like it ever since. I can see my solar feed-in in their online portal, but I can't see any of my electricity consumption. I have received two invoices now that are all in credit because of the solar feed-in and no consumption. I made their customer support team aware there was a problem after receipt of the first invoice and their response was they are looking in to it. I cont...acted them by phone approximately three weeks later. First call I made was disconnected before I even reached someone. On the second call a young lady answered, sound like it was her first day, and the background office noise sounded like she was in a chicken farm. Again, promised it would get looked into. Two weeks went by and I received my second invoice that was in credit, emailed them once again and was again promised they were looking into it. That was one week ago, checked their online portal this evening and it is still not resolved - hopeless! I gave this small company a chance and I am so disappointed by their customer support teams lack of follow up. I should not have to be chasing this, it is their problem not mine. I assume they have hundreds of customers like me and that is why their support team is totally under pressure. This company will end up in financial distress (if not already) if they keep issuing credit invoices. Needless to say I am so underwhelmed that I will be churning.
Simple and honest supply
I swapped electricity providers when the rates increased, again. 1st Energy gave a better deal and a higher feed in tariff. I like the bill format because it is uncomplicated and provides the meter readings which my former provider did not.
Don’t stick to their word
When signing up with 1st energy I was told by the guy on the phone that I would keep my 13.5 cents solar rebate no matter what. A few months in when I changed to tariff 93 my rebate changed to 11.5 that exact date. With multiple phone calls with different customer service people, was told many different reasons why this happened. They made a time for a supervisor to call back but never recieved a call . I contacted the energy ombudsman who made the inquiry for me. It took 2 months to receive a reply because they was waiting for 1st energy to ge...t back to them. So it seems they don’t even take an ombudsman enquire as urgent. The ombudsman was told that 1st energy sent a email to me about my reduction in my solar rebate, that never happened. I received no communication at all. 1st energy said because I didn’t received an email they would credit my account with $10 for the lost rebate for the first month. Guess what, no $10. This company does not seem credible to me as they don’t stick to their word and dont even follow through with what they tell an ombudsman. Big mistake crossing over to them Angela Ellis
Marketing letters threatening to disconnect electricity
We have been receiving multiple letters from 1st Energy, providing an unexisting account number and stating they are going to disconnect our power. They claim they have billed us already and we are overdue with payment. I find this way of dealing with possible new clients misleading and dishonest.
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This company removes poor reviews from customers who wish to remain anonymous
I absolutely understand the need for reviews to be genuine (I rely on genuine reviews of companies to inform my own choices), but this company has removed my own review from another site simply because I didn't wish to provide them with identifying details.
I had not set up an account with them (my review was based on enquiries I'd made with them before I decided not to go ahead and sign up with them), so even if I had wanted to provide identifying details, it would not have helped, given that I remained anonymous (not revealing my name or p...hone number) in all instances of phone contact with them prior to deciding not to sign up. The information I was provided during the telephone contact I had with them was unreliable and inconsistent. Staff members "guessed" the answers to many of my questions and didn't bother following up to ensure their guesses were correct. Given that these kinds of experiences are foundational in giving customers an idea of how their accounts will be managed and the kind of service they can expect to receive once they sign up/set up an account, I don't recommend 1st Energy.
Really terrible staff
Staff no manners and my bills still high they said cheaper rate but is not so i switch to another's retailer. And my power is interrupting sometime.it's worse retailer ever!
Worse than Telstra...
Have been trying to sort out a billing issue for two and a half months. Every time you call there is a different version of what the issue is, a different story about what the resolution will be, another reassurance that everything will work out at the next bill, another promise of a call back or email verifying the conversation.
These guys are seriously hopeless. I thought Telstra managed to provide the worst possible customer service until I was unfortunate enough to have to try and resolve an issue with First Energy.
Engage them at your peril.
So called customer service is non existent
Have sent numerous emails, called several times and left my number for a callback. No response at all regardless of how many times I call, leave my number or email. Absolute pathetic company who could not care less about the customer or their concerns.
Staff amaze, very helpful
No issues at all, amazing service and amazing staff no issues with my power at all tbh.
I’m glad we have more than one energy provider here, the only one we did have was kinda ordinary and didn’t seem to want to help but no issues like this with 1st energy
Questions & Answers
Who owns 1st energy , ie to whom are dividends or profits sent to. I have been told there is a link to Indian business concerns, is this correct??
Hi irc, no that is not correct. 1st Energy was started by 4 individuals - 2 who are Melbourne born and bread and the other 2 who are New Zealand born and bread. In 2016, 1st Energy sold a small share of the business to ERM Power who are in Brisbane. If you would like any further clarification, please let me know. Many thanks Sarah
Thankyou for your prompt reply, it is most reassuring as otherwise we were very happy with your service
That's great to hear. We do hear a lot of stories about us being connected to China and all over the place but nope, all our staff are based in Australia. I'm not sure where all these stories originate from but I'm glad you asked and gave us the chance to set the record straight on this occasion.
can i get a pensioners concession?
Hi Robyn, absolutely. Please ring the call centre on 1300 426594 with your card details and the team will ensure you get your concession. Many thanks
Why don't they answer emails or enquiries via their website?
Such a small company they have only a call centre.No customer service skill.
Hi Dave, we have a click to chat function on our website for enquiries or alternatively you can email support@1stenergy,com.au and a member of our team will be able to assist you. Alternatively you are welcome to call our team on 1300 426594 for assistance. I can organise for a member of the team to ring or email you if you provide me with your account number. Kind regards Sarah
Thanks. I cannot find a chat function on the website. I have sent several emails and online enquiries without result until now. I have just received an email from Bri at customer service, so will proceed with that.
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