Consumer's beware, 200% increase in electricity rates.
Signed up with QEnergy for a 24 month contract of discounted electricity, charged at 19cents per Kw. Promised at sign up that I would have my own personal account manager who would communicate personally with me any issues or changes to my account. Had no problem with them throughout the course of my contract and was fairly happy with my electricity bill of around $3000 per quarter for a small business operator. Come the time of recontracting they sent me an email 20 days prior to my contract end date advising me that me rates will increase ...200% to 39cents per Kw. Unfortunately for me, this email ended up in our spam folder and I overlooked it. Nonethless, as I did not respond to the email, they automatically recontracted me at the higher rate. This saw my quarterly bill increase from $3000 to more than $6000. By law they are supposed to give 20-40 days notice before the contract end date. QEnergy chose the 20 day option, knowing that to organise a transfer to another provider and arrange a meter reading within 20 days is near to impossible. I raised the issue with EWON, but despite advertising they accept complaints based on high rates, they are powerless to take action on such as rates are not regulated by governments. Also, it appeared QEnergy had deleted my recorded interview at signup, denying the offers made of my personal account manager. Read on and you'll find numerous other reviews with experiences similar to mine. This is a familiar tactic used by QEnergy. They get you in on promises of cheap energy rates and false promises of personalised customer service, then slug you with an unrealistic and unfair price rise at the end of the contract with little or no time to act. Avoid by all costs.
Changed meter, reduced my fuse size, didnt advise. not fixed 3 weeks later
Misleading claims on their pricing structure re: solar
Added solar meter and made unauthorised change to my mains fuse and I have been following up for over 3 weeks. Constant run around, no action.
NOT A SATISFIED CUSTOMER
I joined QEnergy about 12 months ago and got a 24% discount with the contract. 2 months ago I moved from this address and re-connected with QEnergy in my new unit. I recieved my first bill for the new address and saw that my price per KW was doubled to 38.00C/KWH. When I called to see why I was not getting any discount anymore the customer service rep told me that discount was no longer available. I the spoke to the "Loyalty team" and was told this is the case. I asked if they would put me back onto the same contract and was told no. I asked wh...at if any discount I might expect and was also told none. Even when I said this is not good enough and let them know I would not be staying with them. I was told to "Have a nice day" Within minutes I had found another company willing to take my business with 23% discount. they can go jump, Ripped off!!
- Verified customer
Do not go near this company. Accounting system is inaccurate. Contracts are inaccurate.
Choice transformer arranged a switch for me. Within a month I was advised the meter was faulty and needed replacing. We do not know if it was faulty but I did discover the supplier had notified the previous retailer in feb 2018 that it was faulty and that retailer did not advise us nor do anything about it. Suspect it was overcharging. So the meter was replaced and within 4 weeks Qenergy issue notification that because a new meter was installed they have to change the billing system - why??? - and issue a new contract which I may choose or not ...to , sign. The peak rate went from 20.79 c/kWh to 37.62ckWh. Supply access from 0.77 day to 0.88 day. In 2 months I have made 4 payments on the initial contract, not 2 . Their communications usually arrive Friday and as there is no weekend office you have to wait until Monday, hence losing 2 days of contract time. I could go on ....... Please be warned.
- Verified customer
We have had nothing but headache after headache trying to have our QEnergy service disconnected after moving out of an apartment.
They stuff up the final invoice every time, throw new charges on there, try to bill us for the wrong period etc etc. It's now 3 months since we moved out and they're still sending me incorrect invoices which are a huge pain to follow up.
If only I could bill them for my wasted time.
Very difficult to deal with, lucky some customer service staff are better than others
The problem is not with getting the electricity turned on, its with getting the electricity turned off. I am operating a pop up shop on a short term lease. I made Qenergy aware of this when I connected - I phoned to let them know that I was vacating the premises and needed the electricity disconnected (providing 3 days notice) on a particular date and time. I was informed that I would need to be on site five days later to allow the meter reader to do the final reading, here lies the problem, I will no longer have the keys nor access to this ...premises as I would need to hand the keys back - I asked could they provide a time that the meter reader would arrive so that the real estate agent might be able to provide access, I was told no - they could not give me those details. So clearly we have a problem, I can not get access and they cannot disconnect the service! I asked them to take notes that I will no longer be at the premises and that I was not prepared to pay for any money electricity after that date - I was told by a very rude customer service person that it was bad luck and that I was still liable until the meter reader could get access to read the meter. This went around in circles - I informed them that I would photograph the meter reading to provide proof of usage - I was told that this was unacceptible also. I dont know what to do. Their customer service people do not offer customer service just customer distress. I subsequently phoned back and spoke to somebody different who is trying to rectify the situation.
Price per KWH doubled
Similar to other Victorian customers my price per KWH DOUBLED in March this year. Unfortunately I've only just picked this up with my latest bill. QEnergy claim to have sent an email with the price changes back in March. I've gone back though all my emails to February and have not received any notification of a price rise. I received all their bills though. I asked QEnergy for evidence an email was sent and I got emailed an image that showed a date and my email address. This basically tells me nothing and proves nothing. They also claim they ha...d met their legal obligations and that they have a right to vary their prices from time to time. I don't have a problem with them changing their prices. I have a huge problem with not being adequately informed and know this is a direct violation of consumer laws. I suspect they snuck the new charges in a way customers would not notice. So much for honesty and transparency with their pricing. Their conduct is disgraceful. I've changed providers and will be lodging a complaint to the electricity and water utilities ombudsmen.
Qenergy cheating company
Should never take connections from Qenergy as it is fake company without a billing system if you have multiple connections be sure they will cheat you by making you to pay the same bills again can.
In my case they connected the shop near to my home and when requested to disconnect and connect my home they Added my home to the connection and still not disconnected the shop telling the reason that no one else is connecting it.
Customer service is the worst.
On moving out they will not disconnect and make you to someone else’s bill.
Don’t use it.
June 13th 2019 Update: Cheating company....Very bad in billing doesn’t have a billing system hence will keep on sending the bills even after paid and will spoil your credit history by sending it to external collections My connection address can be shared if product review requires
- Verified customer
So far, so good...
I live in regional NSW and, for lack of choice, was a long time customer of Origin Energy.
When more competitively priced electricity providers started servicing this area, I joined QEnergy for the cheaper rates.
I signed up for a 2 year contract and the cheap rates that originally attracted me have not changed in the 10 months I've been with them.
(Once I overlooked paying a bill on time and received a courteous phone call reminder 5 days after due date - I appreciated that.)
I have 14 months left on my contract and, after reading all th...
Disgusting insulting company!!
After being with Qenergy for many many, years & believing I was still getting a good rate, I was made aware by another company that my rates had gone up to ridiculous prices 26.6940 per kwh & $1.57.11 per day!! I have never received any notification what so ever that they had!! I had recently made arrangements to change to EA but out of the blue (not likely) QE sends me a letter with a much lower rate!!! 18.11c/kwh & .98.44c per day So I rang QE today & decided I will stay with them with the new rate offered. Thinking it was all settled & afte...r confirming "I could continue with the bpay payments that I had been paying every fortnight" they rang me back later saying I would have to pay out my current QE bill immediately to stay with them saying it is a new contract & they can't connect until the bill is paid as I was a risk to them with new bill!! I was so insulted as I have been with them for app 8 plus years & never once have missed a payment, or been in arrears, no such thing as loyalty with this disgusting insulting company & totally rude customer service (when you can understand them) after I asked why was this had changed from earlier conversation. Told them to cancel the service as they obviously don't care about losing a customer!! What annoys me also is how many people I have convinced to sign up with QE, now I will be letting them all know to cancel & go elsewhere!!
Watch for contract renewal
Just over two years ago I shopped around and found QEnergy.
Prices were acceptable and started a 24 month not locked in contract.
Renewal terms went to my junk mail. Didn't see the email.
My next bill was more than double the cost of my initial contract.
They said they offered me the best available terms at the time. Having not responded to their offer the new terms kicked in automatically.
When I called about this they were able to offer me terms in line with the initial contract.
Said they can't help me with current bill.
Find it h...
First 12 months fine. Then..:..
Fine supply. First 12 months was most competitive pricing. After we were out of contract they TRIPPLED our rates and buried the changes in a PDF attached to an email which said “details of our contract and your service MAY have changed. If you wish to stay with us do nothing... Yada yada yada”. May have changed? May have? How about hiked our charges by 300%.
What to do: Complain to the EWO (electricity and water ombudsman) for your state. qenergy immediately reduced the invoice by 60%. But maintains they followed legislation so aren’t guilty of anything. Disgusting anti-consumer, deceptive and anticompetitive business behaviours.
Do not deal with these crooks.
August 29th 2018 Update: Bait and switch
- Verified customer
Bill double the price
Do not go with these scammers! Like other posts apparently an email was sent with new rates which i never received and my bill is now double!! called to discuss and they couldn't do anything except put me on a payment plan. Canceling my plan and going elsewhere they are a joke.
They are a SCAM. Look cheap to start with but they will cheat you.
They offer cheap prices to lure you in. They then increase your price without notice, and you cant change until the next meter reading. In the mean time they rip you off.
They increased my rate 50%, you only find out when they send you the bill. They say that they can do it in their contract. Im complaining to the ACCC as they are breaching many consumer laws IMO.
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Questions & Answers
How can I switch to your company?
Hi Ann, you may call us at 1300 QEnergy or visit our website qenergy.com.au to see our latest offers.
-Your QEnergy Team
why would you want to switch to them.... I only owed them $700/ and was disconnected. Yes, I fell back with my payments, but I have a good reason " I had no money ". and now.... no electricity. I called them and was told that if I can pay half at the time of call they can put in the request for re connection which will take any time between 24 - 48hrs and the full balance must be paid the next day. Since i was still struggling financially I asked if I pay the requested half now can the balance please be made $100 a week (next 3 weeks) to which she said, I will have to put you through to the supervisor. When the supervisor came on she just rudely said, as they have been patient for the last few months I have only ONE option and that is to pay the full amount to get re connection done.
Even though I explained that the lady before offered to take only half to get reconnection she insisted that I now have to pay pretty much the full amount. got nowhere with my begging and she just said " ïf you dont want to pay then i am just going to end the call" - and so she did. By the way almost 5 yrs of service and i have never let bills get to this. this is loyalty.
There is NO care anymore.. its all about the money.
anyway, guess other retailers must be same. but i doubt they will disconnect for just $700 (that actually included the bill due end of this month too)
qenergy i switched to you months ago as i have a smart meter and pay as i use ive not received my smart cards to pay im disgusted how you havent sent my cards as i have clocked a debt up now i wanted to change back to my old surplyer only to here off them to say i cant switch back as you have blocked them soon as my cards come im paying the bill and switching back to my old surplyer and were is your contact number as i cant get hold of you with a complaint eithe over this
Thank you for the feedback Antony, our contact number is 1300 44 85 35. Without having further details on your account it is difficult for us to answer your feedback. Please contact us so we can help resolve this issue for you.
-Your QEnergy Team
i tried to ring you my phone wont let me get through to you i live at 150 albert rd farnworth bolton bl49hu its mr a hardman all i want is these cards to come to my address so i can pay this bill;l ive clocked up on my smart meter ive had no cards delivered for months still waiting you told me i had a 2 week period to cancel i tried to go back to my old energy company only to here off them that i cant because im in areas through your company not sending the gas and electric cards im in debt now when i wasnt before get these cards sent to my address right now so i can pay my debt and get rid of you its disgusting get them cards to my address right now
What is your rates per kilowatt? We have solar?
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