How to complain about your energy supplier
Here's what to do if you're unhappy with your energy company.
Complaining to your energy company is something most people avoid at all costs as it typically involves spending hours on hold and talking to lots of different people who really aren’t interested. However, there are a few things you can do to avoid having to complain.
Unfortunately complaining is never a fun task, however there are some simple tips which will make the process easier.
Before you begin make sure you have copies of all the relevant documents, including any correspondence with the company, and take the full names of anyone you speak to. Try and also get a direct dial for them, or ask them to call you back if it’s not a freephone number. Email is even better as you’ve got a paper trail of all the communications between you and the company which will be useful if the situation escalates.
Write a letter
A letter, or an email, is a direct way of addressing your complaint. The letter (or email) needs to include all the facts in a concise way, including any reference numbers and names of people you’ve dealt with. Keep it polite and include all your contact details and make sure you keep a copy of it for your own records.
When you come to send it, go for recorded delivery so you have proof of when it arrived.
Your phone number
Name of person you’re contacting (if you have it)
RE: Your reference or account number
- Apologies for writing, but you feel this is a problem they should know about
- Clear statement of the case including dates and times
- What you would like from them to fix the problem
- A reasonable deadline for them to respond by
- Your positive previous experiences of the company
- Thanks for their time, if you don’t hear back from them with a resolution you will seek help from a relevant party (eg: government agency, consumer group)
Your printed name and email address
CC: If you have copied the letter to anyone, give their name and title here
Enclosures: If you’ve included photocopies of any relevant documents state them here
You need to wait eight weeks until you move things forward and in this time the company should respond. If it hasn’t, or you’re not happy with the response, go to the Energy Ombudsman.