Fees quite high and unreliable customer service
While the service is reliable with only one drop out in 18 months, the prices are rather high in my area. Prices begin at 28.4900 c/kWh and move up to 30.6900 c/kWh with higher usage. I can commend their quick activation only taking a day or two to turn my apartment on.
I had thought the company held a good reputation and signed up after leaving home. I have now found that their customer service is sorely lacking with simple mistakes turning into angry affairs.
I was not sent my latest bill, I've checked all spam and trash boxes and have fou...nd nothing. On this bill my monthly usage had gone up due to the colder seasons coming in. I was not aware of this and thus couldn't adjust my fortnightly payments accordingly. The first interaction I had to make me aware of this was a bold red letter email stating they would be enforcing a payment plan if I did not contact them immediately about an overdue amount. There was no reminder text message, no calm call asking if I was aware of this owing amount. I contacted the help line and received a very cold response from a woman essentially stating I was lying about not receiving the bill. I have had a payment plan set up for over a year making consistent payments but the second I was overdue, I was treated like a criminal. I will be removing myself as their customer when I can.
Diamond Energy has been our supplier since we switched to Solar about 7 years ago. Every now and then I do some research to see if i can pay even less. I usually find that Diamond Energy is the cheapest based on daily avg kwh and the price even if it is only a few cents, it still shows i'm paying the least so there is no benefit to switching away.
Genuine and helpful
I changed from Origin to Daimond to move to renewable energy sources and have had no regrets. Their feed in tariff is competitive. Customer service is local, helpful and honest when I called to query some details on my bill. Also, they've just passed on a real saving to us customers. I replied: "Great news! Thanks. Glad I said NO to the cold caller the other day who said, "So you're not interested, even though you could save lots and lots of money?" Ha ha"
Daimond replied: "Hahaha I loved your response! Yes we have been working hard to ensure ...
Best electricity retailer that I have experienced.
I have found that the service offered overall by Diamond Energy has been better by far than other providers I have experienced such as Red Energy and Energy Australia. I have been served by Amber-Lou Santer and she seems to make sure the client's situation is understood and follows through in completing requests.
Diamond energy, no energy to fix issues
For a number of weeks if not months, staff gave me different answers on not only my hot water system but who can convert it.
I was told my hot water system is 24/7 and then I was told also it is on only a certain number of hours per day.
I was also told only a plumber needs to change the hours and then I was told I can change the hours myself.
So when I decided to leave because of the above, I got a call asking why am I leaving and they can fixed up the issues.
Let me see, ah yes.
Great for solar panel owners, good buy back rate
Have found them excellent and cost effective. Very approachable on the phone and spend time to explain. Clear and simple documentation and processing. Good communicators.
Not a happy customer
There is no point calling their customer service as they don't seem to do anything. Requested to change over to them asap to get the most out of my new solar panels with extra cost involved. Complete mess up, finally connected after 3 months. I feel that I have been very clear with what I wanted. But they have no provide me with what I am expecting.
Not their problem.
Company failed to call and let me know my power had failed to shut off. Then received a 200 dollar bill 3 months later after bein told my account was closed. I was required to pay plus extra disconnection fees. No courtesy or accountability. Would not recommend.
delivers as promised
Having solar panels and getting the credit is a good thing. After being with origin for years and seeing the fake discounts and price hikes I decided to jump ship and go with diamond. They are good, genuine and also mainly humans. In all this time I have had one problem which got sorted eventually. For all those people who have had issues and complaints please bare in mind these are humans and they do make mistakes, which can be resolved if you treat them like humans and not your slaves who bend over to your demand. Threating or mistreating them will only make things worse as the contract will be enforced even harder.
Be aware or the disconnection and termination fees
I joined Diamond Energy (DE) at the end of June, I knew I was likely to relocate in the new 3 months so I checked I would not be charged any disconnection/termination/relocation fee beforehand and was assured this would not be the case. I ended up getting another cheaper environmentally friendly provider when I relocated. I received my DE bill on 30 September which includes $20 termination fee and $140 disconnection fee (Ausgrid), DE claims it's not responsible for and cannot do anything about the AUSGRID fee I would have thought DE could ...have organised a meter reading rather than a service disconnection. i have moved house at least 20 times if not more and have NEVER been charged a $140 disconnection fee. I requested my complaint and refusal to pay to be addressed by a manager who has assured me via a voice mail that another bill will be issued with those charges removed. Expect a battle about charges if you choose DE as a supplier then have to discontinue the service or relocate !!! the customer officer who initially took my call did not think it was such a big deal and the issue was not them but with Ausgrid, therefore I should just pay up.
Hopeful at first now just don't want to deal with them
Initially I was hopeful about this company as they had a personal touch to the service and seem to be keen to do the right thing.
Problems first started when I organised for a reprogramming of a new solar capable meter I'd just purchased when they switched me to solar but Diamond ended up throwing out my new meter and replaced with a dumb meter. (The reason I signed up as I told them was because they could avoid this happening and use my existing new meter)
THEN after that major stuff up I was billed for the dumb meter and then had to de...al with months of problems with the meter where Diamond wouldn't get involved in resolving this with citi-power which started as soon as the dumb meter was installed (electrical faults due to the high powered radio transmitters in the cheaply built meter). Next came the billing errors which I had to spend hours helping them resolve with no apology of thanks. Now they are trying to charge me additional fees for meter data that my contract had written in as being part of the service agreed to. They had promised to supply online access to the meter data and this hasn't happened, but now they want to charge for the data that I need for billing verification! Finally the price hikes have arrived.
Great company to deal with
When I had solar panels installed september 2012. I switched to Diamond Energy because they offered a better deal than Energy Australia. If I need to talk to them they answer the phone quickly and are very friendly & helpful.
This company is a dream to deal with after having major account problems with Energy Australia. I highly recommend Diamond Energy.
easy to contact, friendly staff
took a while to get my pensioner concession applied to my account
Best energy company I have found
After having solar panels installed I started checking out solar and green energy deals. We were with AGL who were rubbish - very expensive and almost comically disinterested in connecting us to the grid so we could recieve the feed-in tariff. The guys who installed the solar system had recommended Diamond Energy who I had never heard of. I think they must be a very small company because they actually answer the phone directly instead of pushing buttons 1 and 2 and being passed from here to the Phillipines (like AGL). Anyhow we have just recieved our first bill in 3 months - $45!. We were rapt.
Small friendly company. Solar speciallists. They seem to be on your side instead of trying to bleed you dry.
Questions & Answers
Should I only go with Diamond Energy if I have solar panels? I am moving out and will be renting so we won't have solar, will it still be a reasonable price?
I think they do a bill compare if you ask them. They did it for us. They're good even with no solar.
I'm looking at Diamond Energy, I'm in an apartment so trying to work out whether I need solar panels or not?
It would be tricky to get solar panels in an apartment but Diamond energy is sourced from renewables, so at least you know you're helping the planet!
Is it more expensive to have solar on private rentals than owning you own home?
I can only speculate, that as a tenant, after getting the owner's agreement to install panels, if indeed you are responsible for the electricity bill as most tenants in Australia are, you would earn as much credit for the electricity your panels generate as an owner would, but without the security of tenure an owner has, you will have the extra costs of uninstalling, taking the system with you and reinstalling on your next rental property...if you can find an owner who agrees to it.
We have solar panels, a 5kw system.
Diamond energy give us 11cents per kw put back into the grid.
But I think the main benefit is that with solar it uses the power generated for the home use first then any excess going back into the grid.
My bills have more than halved since installing solar.
Try using your heavy electricity usage between 9am and 2pm if possible, that is the maximum gain period for solar.
I must admit I have not heard of anyone taking the solar installation with them when they move.
The way new technology is going, there will be bigger and better all the time.
Hope that helps you.
If your bill is 800 plus you may benefit. Personally I would go halves with the owner and only if your bill is really high
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