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    • Mantisguy
    • By Mantisguy 19th Jul 17, 3:52 PM
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    Mantisguy
    Ovo Energy - Massive charges and don't know what to do
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    • 19th Jul 17, 3:52 PM
    Ovo Energy - Massive charges and don't know what to do 19th Jul 17 at 3:52 PM
    If things keep going this way I may even have to file for bankruptcy if they start charging me the full debt. I've been with Ovo since October 2014, I think. To be fair, they're a friendly bunch on the phone but they're also as stubborn as hell and don't seem to want to help me with this. I'm a single guy. While I work from home there's only so much electricity I can use, surely? Now let me show you an example from a bill and you can take a guess as to whether I run some giant generators here:

    Your annual electricity summary
    For 27 October 2015 to 26 October 2016

    • Over the last 12 months you've used 111324kWh
    (based on actual and estimated readings).
    • Your total costs were £6,986.73.
    by Ovo Energy
    I'm no expert on these things, but this seems legit, right? Congrats for scaring the hell out of me, Ovo. This has been going on for years. After they eventually charged me over a grand that I couldn't afford to pay last year, I gave them a call about that and they were kind enough to refund that temporarily and freeze the larger charge, instead billing me for £62 a month. One guy on the phone agreed the charge was ballistic (I talked to many and some seemed rather apathetic), yet nobody either had the authority or the care to sort this out. They did however ask for photos of the meter at different times of the day which I sent, but they still complained. Time for MSE, right?

    Following the first recommendation I sent a report to the Ombudsman. After several weeks they got in touch and completely sided with Ovo. Makes me wish I took a trip to Trustpilot before sending them a message. They said the reason Ovo's readings were incorrect was that they accidentally switched the day/night readings, which still doesn't make much sense to me and doesn't explain these invisible giant generators I've presumably been running while sleep walking. The Ombudsman's message just simply wasn't helpful and it's clear to me their further messages would not have been either. I was delighted to see Ovo agreed to send £50, a letter of apology and nothing else! Made my day. I cannot wait for that (now a little over £5500) minor charge to come crashing down on my life!

    I read a few threads here. Apparently they have to send a meter reader at least once every two years. They actually did send somebody last month after nagging them, but nothing came from it and after they told me they'd call me back they never did. Before this guy though I'm pretty sure they hadn't sent somebody for two years. I decided to reject the Ombudsman's "resolution". Citizens Advice Bureau agreed to help me with this but only after the case with the Ombudsman is closed, so I'm waiting for them to respond to this, but I'm not even sure if CAB can help me. I might end up having to take it straight to court, and having agoraphobia the idea is very worrying.

    Any help, fellas?
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    • victor2
    • By victor2 10th Feb 18, 8:15 AM
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    victor2
    Is the upshot of this to avoid signing up with OVO despite their widespread 5* rating? I am proposing to switch to them, Tonik or E.On as things currently stand.
    Originally posted by Telegraph Sam
    Not really. You can have problems with any supplier. Of the more recent smaller companies, OVO seem to have done pretty well. In my experience, E.On lead the way with customer service, but you have to consider how often you are likely to need that, for the price you pay.
    You will always hear complaints about any supplier. People don't go onto a forum to say they're getting what they expected from their supplier.
    • Hengus
    • By Hengus 10th Feb 18, 9:00 AM
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    Hengus
    If things keep going this way I may even have to file for bankruptcy if they start charging me the full debt. I've been with Ovo since October 2014, I think. To be fair, they're a friendly bunch on the phone but they're also as stubborn as hell and don't seem to want to help me with this. I'm a single guy. While I work from home there's only so much electricity I can use, surely? Now let me show you an example from a bill and you can take a guess as to whether I run some giant generators here:



    I'm no expert on these things, but this seems legit, right? Congrats for scaring the hell out of me, Ovo. This has been going on for years. After they eventually charged me over a grand that I couldn't afford to pay last year, I gave them a call about that and they were kind enough to refund that temporarily and freeze the larger charge, instead billing me for £62 a month. One guy on the phone agreed the charge was ballistic (I talked to many and some seemed rather apathetic), yet nobody either had the authority or the care to sort this out. They did however ask for photos of the meter at different times of the day which I sent, but they still complained. Time for MSE, right?

    Following the first recommendation I sent a report to the Ombudsman. After several weeks they got in touch and completely sided with Ovo. Makes me wish I took a trip to Trustpilot before sending them a message. They said the reason Ovo's readings were incorrect was that they accidentally switched the day/night readings, which still doesn't make much sense to me and doesn't explain these invisible giant generators I've presumably been running while sleep walking. The Ombudsman's message just simply wasn't helpful and it's clear to me their further messages would not have been either. I was delighted to see Ovo agreed to send £50, a letter of apology and nothing else! Made my day. I cannot wait for that (now a little over £5500) minor charge to come crashing down on my life!

    I read a few threads here. Apparently they have to send a meter reader at least once every two years. They actually did send somebody last month after nagging them, but nothing came from it and after they told me they'd call me back they never did. Before this guy though I'm pretty sure they hadn't sent somebody for two years. I decided to reject the Ombudsman's "resolution". Citizens Advice Bureau agreed to help me with this but only after the case with the Ombudsman is closed, so I'm waiting for them to respond to this, but I'm not even sure if CAB can help me. I might end up having to take it straight to court, and having agoraphobia the idea is very worrying.

    Any help, fellas?
    Originally posted by Mantisguy
    Consumers need to be wary of going down The EO route. It's Final Decision is binding on a supplier but not the consumer. Unfortunately, if a consumer refuses to accept the Final Decision then the supplier is effectively off the hook as far as the complaint is concerned.

    Why would you take the matter to Court? Surely, you would be defending any Court action that the supplier wishes to take against you for the recovery of the amount owed. In any Court action, notice will be taken of The EO's decision and you would need, in my opinion, to be able to provide empirical evidence that the claim against you is flawed.

    Having said that, there is an important part of your post which is missing? Are you on an E7 contract? I ask because the reference to day and night readings is important given that the cost of a unit of electricity during the day is about twice the cost of electricity at night. If these readings have been transposed, then your bill is wrong and it needs to be amended. Normally, this would be in your favour as an E7 tariff favours high night use (eg; storage heaters). What action has the supplier taken in response to The EO's Decision?

    As far as meter readers are concerned, the requirement to carry out a physical meter reading once every two years was dropped in April 2016.
    Last edited by Hengus; 10-02-2018 at 3:46 PM.
    • Craig Holmes
    • By Craig Holmes 10th Feb 18, 3:24 PM
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    Craig Holmes
    They're not small any more
    which means they are fine when everything is running well, but have no flexibility when things go wrong. I had the same issue when they couldn't remotely read my new smart electricity meter, despite my constant pleas for a bill. They couldn't cope with the situation.
    • Hengus
    • By Hengus 10th Feb 18, 3:57 PM
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    Hengus
    which means they are fine when everything is running well, but have no flexibility when things go wrong. I had the same issue when they couldn't remotely read my new smart electricity meter, despite my constant pleas for a bill. They couldn't cope with the situation.
    Originally posted by Craig Holmes
    Am I missing something? If you just wanted a bill, why not read the meter yourself whilst the supplier attempted to resolve the communications problem?
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