GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS -- Long story short. I had electric service with Reliant and later I signed up for their security service. They required me to leave a deposit on the account and I did. They took my security deposit for not paying by the due date. I paid my bill EVERY month. It was not always by the due date, but I paid every month. Per Reliant I lost my $600.00 deposit for not paying on or before the due date.
Also, with the combined billing if you have open electric charges the will only apply the money to them. Even if you don't have open electric charges the monies will still only be applied to the electric, which will cause you to become late or past due. They don't send out bills for the security. I had to call several times after I had the two services separated. I finally got a bill about 3 mos later. Hmmm.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- The customer service person on the phone suggested I agree to a contract for electricity service. They said their rates were the lowest in Texas. It was an outright lie. They know their rates are some of the highest and offer gimmicks like free weekends when the rate is zero, but jack up the Non-Weekend to an outrageous amount but plaster it on TV.
So I checked around and got a rate including the transportation charges (which Reliant didn't include) of 6.6 cents per KWh. It's almost half of Reliant's rate, was a better rated company and they told the truth. Plus it was all wind energy in Texas and renewable energy with no fossil fuels or nuclear waste. Go to ** to learn the truth about these lying companies and misleading advertisements and statements. Reliant makes me sick!!
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS -- A sales person came to my residence saying that he was on behalf of CP&L electric company which is our provider. As he talked to my spouse saying that our provider CP&L was overcharging us and wanted to give us a rebate of 150.00 dollars. All that my wife had to do is place a call so that the rebate would take effect. He went further as he read the bill which is under my name that we were on a month to month contract. As my spouse place the call the call changed our services to Reliant Energy. The salesperson failed to identify himself as an employee of Reliant, he said that CP&L had sent him with false pretense.
Now we find out that our provider is Reliant charging me a 299.00 deposit fee and CP&L charging me early termination fees. We talked to Reliant and they told us the transaction was legal because a recording was made yet the salesperson failed to identify himself that he was on behalf of Reliant, instead he said he was sent by CP&L. I feel we were wronged. I talked to their supervisor that it is unethical. To sent out salespeople using false information. Presently I am stuck and do not know what to do about our situation. I told them I do not want their services I just want to go back to CP&L but they won't switch us.
GALVESTON -- I lived in Galveston, Tx and used Reliant Energy. September 13, 2008 Hurricane Ike demolished my house, for 3 weeks I was not allowed on the island due to the clean up. I paid my remaining balance on the phone and asked to disconnect service. Years later I checked my credit score and noticed that Reliant has turned me in to Mercantile Adjustment Bureau. I tried to reach these people and could not. So, I then called Reliant direct. Reliant told me that the billing payment for the amount of $111.00 was from September 16, 2008 through October 16, 2008.
I asked her if they tried to send me a bill, she said yes and it was returned. (Do you think that it was returned because there was no mail box to put the bill in due to the Hurricane Ike?) So long story short they still want me to pay the $111 even know I had no house to use their energy. It is up to you to decide rather you want service from Reliant or not. But if you are looking for advice, listen to the people who have experienced the wrong doing from Reliant.
KATY, TEXAS -- I have had Reliant for 11 months and 15 days and in this time they have twice disconnected me - both their fault. Took two days once for reconnect and 1 day for the other. We tried to show the disconnect guy the bill and canceled check, he laughed, disconnected us and drove off. We were on the phone proving we paid as he drove off. Two days later they turn it on. (The billing was their fault they doubled billed us.) We decided to switch and our usual $65.00 was $355.00, had and extra $295.00 for early disconnect. We switched 14 days early per contract for that we pay $295.00.
They supply no customer service and they will rip you off every chance you get (double billing is their standard operating procedure). I am waiting for the class action suit and will be first in line. Do not do business with this company if you can avoid it.
TEXAS -- I just spoke on the phone with **. I asked him if I could make a payment. He was VERY unpleasant. He was not friendly at all. He asked for specific information without explanation. He was short and acted as though I was an annoyance. He spelled out my last name and I had to practically talk over him to get him to hold on because he misspelled my last name. Then he repeated it as if I was rude. My payment did not go through. He said it was probably because I gave him the wrong expiration date or the wrong zip code or the security code. He did not ask to verify or try another number. I tried to explain to him that I moved and it may be under my old zip code.
But again, I had to practically talk over him. I stopped to let him talk and tried to explain again, but I had to talk over him. We both stopped talking and instead of him asking me to continue, he just didn't say anything at all. I ended up hanging up the phone with him and calling back and trying the automated payment method again. My payment went through the second time. It's pretty sad that a computer has more personable skills than an actual person. This was a HORRIBLE first time experience with your customer service. For me and a lot of other people, customer service should be top priority for winning over a customer.
I was with TXU for over 6 years, never had a bill over 200. When I moved I decided to switch to Reliant they appeared to be cheaper till the bills came... I was not even in my house for a full month and my first bill was over 200 then my next full month charge was over 400 in a tiny mobile home with one television. Reliant Energy guarantees you with a low wattage charge when you first sign on with them then the bill come. They are a bunch of scam artist - beware.
Reliant did not installed the service in my house the day we agreed, but the next day. When I called to get the credit they promise ($200) to pay in case they do not meet the deadline, they refused it, giving me all kind of senseless excuses to avoid to give me the credit. Be away from this company. They take advantage of customers.