NEWARK, DELAWARE -- I foolishly enrolled on a Sunday via a door to door representative. I called to cancel my enrollment the next day as it states on the enrollment form that you only have 3 days to cancel or else you incur a $99 cancellation fee. I was told that a "precancellation" notice was placed on my account and to call back the next day to confirm that once my information was entered into their system, it would automatically cancel my account. The next day, none of my information had been entered into their system, but the precancellation was still active.
The following day (last day of the 3 day grace period) I was told that there was no precancellation notice on my account, as "precancellation isn't a thing they do." I hung up, called back, and a different CSR told me that my account was actually cancelled. I don't know what to believe, but I recorded all of my phone conversations with their CSR's just in case, as they do not issue any concrete evidence (such as an email or a letter) confirming that your account is indeed cancelled. Don't be an idiot like me and get involved with them. It's a nightmare.
Very, very unhappy with the rate hike after the 2 year contract was over... The hike was way above the normal price DTE charges their customers. Like double price! I didn't realize until I changed to a different carrier, and I had to call Direct Energy to cancel. I asked them why my gas fee was so high. They said it was up to me to call them and request a lower price. They said they did send a post card saying my 2 yr contract was over. I did not see that post card at all. So I find it is better to just stay with DTE. Their price is fair. And doesn't jump high for only the reason that your contract is over.
TEXAS -- I signed up about a year ago at a locked in for a year at a recovery rate of 0.469 per CCF, which as it turns out, was the actual average rate over the year, so I gained nothing for switching. This month (2/15) the locked in price ended and Direct Energy charged me 0.799 for recovery while the rate was actually less than 0.4400 per CCF! I was billed 50% more this month from a year ago and I used the exact same amount of gas! And now prices are even lower! I dropped them like a bad habit. Yeah, I'm pissed!
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- READ the contract they ask you to sign. To cancel service with Direct Energy is a NIGHT MARE. They want you to cancel in writing in three business day. The address that they give is incorrect. Do not give information to anyone that comes knocking on your door. Call your company first. The people they have to call is not from Direct Energy. It's a Data Company.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- I'll TRY to make this short and sweet. I'm not exaggerating when I say they've never resolved an issue the first time. They never add notes when to my account when they say they're going to do so. Also, they are treating me as if I've never been a customer (they are asking for a copy of my social and I.D.) even though I've been with them 4 years. I'm done with D.E. Every single agent (and again, not exaggerating) has not been able to help me with an issue. I always have to speak w/ a supervisor who may or may not be able to resolve my problem. Never again. Never, ever again will I renew my contract. They're incompetent and frustrating to deal with.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Vectren Energy sold their natural gas supplier business to Direct Energy a little over a year ago. I had been getting gas from Vectren Source under standard rate less a penny. At expiration of supply contract, Direct Energy switched me to a variable rate contract. The first couple of months were about 15% above the standard rate. Then in Jul or Aug, rates went to almost double. It appears Direct Energy probably stopped advertising their variable rate, then changed tripled their add-on making the rate double the standard 30-40% above any advertised rate so they could RIPOFF their customers. Needless to say, I will be changing my natural gas supplier and it won't be Direct Energy.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- Direct Energy changed the phone number on my account without my permission or notifying me. They called a complete stranger and gave them my account information for months. The person they were calling even told them several times that the number was incorrect and they neither changed it nor called me to verify. My power was turned off because I didn't make payments that I was completely unaware of. Then they said that if I wanted it turned back on I would have to pay a fee. They didn't take any responsibility at all. Direct Energy is a money hungry corporation that does not care about its customers.
ABILENE, TEXAS -- We have been with Direct Energy for 2 years - it was here when we moved in, and we just never thought to switch. We pay all of our bills on time, and they're still sometimes EXTREMELY high (anywhere from $120-$550)- but we have an old house with large windows, and so we just figure we have to do the best we can (bundling up in the winter) and bite the bullet for the rest. But recently, we received a bill for $1100 in November, saying it was for June through September.
When I called them, they stated that their technician had not come out to read our meter in those 3 months, and so we were being billed incorrectly. I fail to understand why 1) we have to pay for THEIR lack of work and 2) they could add THREE TIMES as much payment to our bill for those months, and the next bill a mild $120 (if they adjusted our meter, shouldn't we still be being charged an outrageous amount like we were back-billed for?).
It's a load of you-know-what to me. I am so mad. I filed a complaint and it is being investigated now. I'm just hoping we don't have to pay it. We can't afford to throw away that kind of money. Hoping we can find a new energy company that will treat us better. Any recommendations will be welcome.
I am late on my bill a lot so I never thought that I would be charged anything more than a late fee. I finally reviewed my bill and was being charged a 25.00 recovery fee. I had $50 - $75.00 of fees on my bill. I called the Direct Energy and was informed that when you are late they send out collection letter and they charge you a 25.00 fee per letter that they send you. Now note this is not a disconnection notice just a letter to let you know you are late. This letter can be sen to you the next day after your due date. There is no limit on how many letters can be sent out.
The year of 2010 my fees came up to be 250.00. I paid Jan 2010 bill online on their website and called, spoke to representative, stated no letter sent out, but then I received a letter in the mail dated one day after I paid. I have reported them to the electric commission some called and told me they would credit me 25.00. I informed her this was horrible business practice and I will continue to report them to the electric commission until these practices are over turned. Oh forgot you will also be charged a 5% late fee on top of the 25.00 letters.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- Avoid Direct Energy at all costs. The electricity market in Texas, since deregulation, is bad, but there is no need to compound it by choosing Direct Energy. They have many small fees and charges that you are unaware of till they are assessed, but they also charge interest on any overdue amounts. And receiving a disconnection notice for a $70 bill that was only 10 days late is a little overkill. There are a lot of electricity providers in Texas and you should always choose carefully. Eliminating Direct Energy from your list of electricity providers will help you narrow down your choices.