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Received a bill addressed to 'the occupant' issued 15 January 2022 for $1.50 worth of electricity used at a vacant property over a 6 week period in September/October 2021. Bill included a 'supply charge' for 45 days which bumped to bill up to $66.84. No name on the bill - just 'the occupant'. dodgy? Yep very dodgy and I am sure - illegal. I contacted Energy Australia. After negotiating the automated attendant for more than 5 minutes, I was availed that there would be longer than normal waiting times - eventually hung up. Avoid this company at all costs
STILL NO ELECTRIC CONNECTED!
Booked a connection via GoSwitch, told us Energy Australia were the best price and recommended them. Wish Id read the reviews!
Turned up to the new house at 5pm in 50' heat with 3 kids. No power. 1hr on hold, was told they had ordered a "cancel" power instead of a "connect" power. Promised it would be connected by midnight. Nonsense! 1AM still no power. Fridge and freezer food ruined, no fans or aircon cant charge phone. Absolute scumbags!
Finally received help from Energy Australia
Well, despite the hopeless time with customer service call in. once I wrote to this complaints area we did get a very quick, very helpful and knowledgable response from "Matt" and a resolution (yes, pilot lights DO use a surprising amount of gas it seems, we looked it up on the Internet). But it sure took a lot of unnecessary time, and much frustration for us. Customer service should be better than this.
Worst comany I've ever dealt with.
Seven years later and this remains the absolute worst company I've ever had to deal with. Literally every week we were signed up with them involved us having to spend hours on hold trying to get through to someone to fix some stuff-up on their end. The attached image, taken from an actual invoice they sent us, pretty-much captures the entire painful experience:
Do not go with "On by EnergyAustralia"
They lure you in with the enticement of paying a monthly plan (similar to your mobile) Same amount every month. But don't fall for it!
People should be completely aware, before signing up, of the CONSTANT "technical issues" they have with their billing system.
Being a customer wasn't enjoyable. A customer should be able to relax knowing their bills are arriving on time, everytime and only have to worry about paying for the bill they are expecting for that month.
In the year that i was an "On" customer, i had 4 missing bills due to technical err...
Changing over a retail account to someone else because of unforseen circumstances, they showed no compassion whatsoever to maintain the same plan at the slightly reduced rates. Unethical and money grabbers the only way to describe them!
Hopeless, Useless, FRAUDS
Business had been forced to close in August 2019. Called in September 2019 to cancel and was told my wife had to close the account as she was the account holder. Explained to them we need to close the account, very stressful time and her English was not perfect, they demanded she called. Did not hear from them for months, then get calls from collection agency Credit Corp and now Panthera demanding we pay for a bill for a period 24 June 2020 to 21 August 2020 of $911.47.
How do you charge a person for a billing period 9 months after contact to close the account. Fair trading will be the next point of call for me. Frauds..........Do not open an account with them..
Don’t recommend these guys at all, customer service passing me from person to person & telling me I need to pay when I haven’t lived there since Oct. it’s now jan
Talked to someone on the live chat today, used no grammar, got mad at me for accidentally disconnecting and couldn't even spell her own "name", this is seriously ridiculous I bet an 11 year old could type better than these people. BUT she did resolve it in the end then to offer if I would like another property connected!!!
Utterly useless customer support
I moved house mid 2021. Got an electricity bill from Energy Australia 3 months later and paid it. Got another bill 2 months later and realised I was being billed for an incorrect meter number. I raised this issue with Energy Australia, with photos showing my correct meter number. They responded by sending me more bills for the same incorrect meter number. They acknowledged I was overcharged, offered apologies, but refused to give me a refund, and instead sent me another two automatically generated 'overdue notice' and an electricity bill, for t...he same incorrect meter number, signed off by [Name Removed],"Head of Operations" at Energy Australia. Does she realise she's signing off on these? Give me by money back Energy Australia, you've had 2.5 months to investigate, I'm sick of your excuses.
I’ve had ongoing issues with Energy Australia for years. Trying to fix a mix up between the gas supply to my unit and the one next door in a new apartment was made even harder by their incompetence.
I could be here all day listing everything they didn’t do but to name just a few;
1. I was waiting months for Energy Australia to arrange Jemena to come out and clarify my gas meter. Each time I followed up, it was a case of “we are waiting, we will send them an email, there isn’t anything we can do”. I begged them to pick up the phone to Jemena a...nd speak to someone. In the end, I did it myself, convincing Jemena to deal with me. As a result, I had the issue resolved within a fortnight. 2. Recently called Energy Australia asking when my new account would be connected. I set this up in August 2021. It’s now December 2021. They said end of January 2022. I couldn’t believe it. They assured me gas takes a maximum of 90 days to connect. When I asked why it’s taken them six months this time, they didn’t have an answer. The woman I spoke with said she’d call back. Four days later, nothing. 3. Sent them an email asking what’s going on and seeking clarity on why I didn’t get a callback. They simply said gas would be connected in January 2022. No apology for why they didn’t call back, or explanation on why it’s taken six months. At that point, I’d had enough and went with AGL. 4. I asked for copies of my previous accounts that had been set up and then cancelled in error due to this mix-up. Five accounts in total. They couldn’t even send me the bills without me chasing them for weeks, and when they did, there were some missing. They lack the fundamental skills to operate a company. Avoid at all costs.
Not implementing their own "bundle" offers and exceptionally poor customer service
I have both Electricity & Gas with this provider. In latest bill I received advice that I could "Bundle my G&E and and save money. Please explain - I already have both services with you. Twice I contacted them once by "chat" and today by phone. The moment I questioned the above - they hung up.
customer service very lacking
terrible wait times to talk to someone, very limited hours for phone enquiries and for online chat. cant do everything on their website. there is no email contact. rates might be good but is it worth it?
They make it impossible to leave them
There is no easy way to disconnect from them, they attempt to pressure you to let them move your home for you so that you stick with them. You can spend days simply trying to inform them of a 'move out date' if you're not reconnecting with them elsewhere. I was kept on hold for hours, and all I wanted was to move out of my place and not use them for my electricity in my next residence. 'Avoid at all costs' shouldn't be thrown around lightly, but seriously AVOID!
I became a pensioner and they attached my pension card then increased my rates. Have gone to an Australian owned energy company and pay 75% less than I was with these turkeys. As soon as I said I was cancelling my service they hiked up my remaining and outstanding costs to $500! Now they have debt collectors calling me 3 times a day freaking me out thinking it is my child’s daycare and an emergency has happened. Absolutely disguising company. And Probe the debt collection idiots they use can EAD! How these thieves are still in business is beyond me. I absolutely loath that they use Australian in their business name. There is nothing Australian about these dimwits.
Questions & Answers
I am installing a 10kw solar system, can I swap extra power credits for gas credits if I’m with energy aust for both gas and power
Can you please tell me what rate i am on with my solar
How do i find out what rate im on with my solar?
There is on your bill, ussually last page, smaller print (Your electricity usage and service calculation): "Feed-in Tariff" - shows you the price in kWh/day or just kWh
I used probably a website to compare those tariffs: https://compare.energy.vic.gov.au/solar-calculator/, I am not sure do you have similar in South Australia?
It depends what solar system you have got - I have no battery therefore charges for usage are higher with most of energy retailers. It needs to check all details (Supply Charge, Peak Consumption, Off Peak Consumption) plus talk to them to get better deals.
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