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This is the worst energy company I have dealt with. The customer service is poor, they will overcharge and can not explain why the bill has doubled. Please do your research before using this company. My bill went from $105 to $223 last month for a one bedroom apartment with nothing changing in my usage and I was gone a whole week for the Thanksgiving Holiday. When you ask them for an explanation, they tell you to call Center Point Energy. So basically they are a middle that can't do anything except overcharge and collect money. Please do your research.
I want my $1000 back. Over the last 17 months this company has charged me $1000 more than if I were with ConEd. I thought the increases were out of my control based on the news and when I looked closer I found the culprit. The comparisons are unfortunately buried on the ConEd site and all the messaging from ConEd has made us think we are not an energy efficient home. Maybe not the most but our overages are from our supplier. Green Mountain! It is so confusing because it appears we are locked into a good rate and yet they're killing us with overages. Investigate this company. Something has gone down hill since 2019. All the most current reviews are ONE STAR. Do not be fooled. All of the 5 star reviews are from 2019!
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For a company that says they are about “going green” they absolutely are not when it comes to consumer plans. For a company that promotes switching to solar and tries to get households to do so, they still find a way to charge high fees for switching to those plans. As a long time GME consumer they are still charging $150+ to change plans and to go to solar.
DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY. I noticed my electric bill as a single person living in a 1 bedroom apartment had been getting ridiculously higher and higher, until it was disclosed to me that it was due to Green Mountain (they show up as ESCO on Con Edison bills in NYC). I was sold on the claim (by some hipsters that I now realize work on commission for getting people to sign up and are not held accountable for basically lying/saying whatever nonsense to get that sign up... because they aren't held accountable by the company) that I would save a small amount on my bill while helping the environment at the same time. Great, but turns out this is not the case. They left out the critical bit of information that after 3 months your rate will DOUBLE. Literally.
I can't believe these criminals are allowed to operate and take advantage of people. Laws are needed against this and count me in if there is a class action lawsuit in the works because their predatory tactics are out of hand and lots of people are reporting mysterious and sudden hikes in their bill (notably post 2020). And green mountain's sneaky "ESCO" charge is behind that. This company is based on a bait-and-switch scam. Beware.
This company is a scam that takes advantage of people who care about green energy/climate change. They lure you in with a fixed energy supply rate for a short term. Then they'll quietly jack it up to almost double. I switched to Green Mountain Energy after being approached by a sales person in a Best Buy. He said I would help save the environment and have more stable, probably cheaper energy bills. I knew it sounded too good to be true, but the website seemed legitimate and I wanted to help the environment.
The following summer, my energy bill for my tiny 1 bedroom apartment crept up to almost $400 PER MONTH. They had started charging me 16.9 cents/kwh, nearly DOUBLE what Con Edison was charging for that time period. And if you contact them to complain, they'll say too bad, and it will take you 1-2 billing cycles to get off of them. There's a special place in you know where for companies who give green energy a bad name by running an energy supply extortion racket. They make people wary of climate change initiatives. I hope New York state makes this practice illegal because this company should not exist and its owners should be sued. Stay away. Do not do business with Green Mountain Energy under any circumstances.
My charges from Green Mountain have been astronomical for my little apartment. So after 2 months as a customer I called to ask why. First they told me that in order to avoid a $150 change fee to another plan I should adapt my lifestyle to fit the plan I mistakenly signed up for by running the dishwasher and washer and doing my baking at night. Then they offered to switch me to a lower per-kwh plan with no change fee if I extended my service to 2 or 3 years. Then they said the best they could do with no change fee was to switch me to a fixed-monthly plan that deferred but still eventually billed me for these astronomical rates. I immediately switched to another provider and contested the $150 disconnect fee they billed me for through my credit card. Get TXU or Reliant instead.
I had Green Mountain for electric for 2 years. I should of never renewed after the first year. My electric bill was $300-$400 every month for 1 person at home. I had new insulation put in attic, and also had my AC unit checked, after I switched electric companies my bill is now averaging no more than $150 a month. Since my bill was so high every month I went on deferred payment plan. Once I was off contract with them I switched electric companies. They gave me a payment plan to pay a final bill ($543). After I paid the first payment I received a phone call that they would not honor the payment plan set up and if I didn't pay a minimum of $67 a week they would send it to collections. I have not paid bill late so not sure why they decided to not honor payment plan we set up. If I could give negative stars I would.
I've been trying to pay my bill for two days. Website is worthless. Keeps me in a spin. I have solar in Texas, and they are the only (or one of very few) that will do net metering. Let me tell you, after their "credit" for my solar generation, I'm paying about 10% more than when I paid a lower rate, and received NO credit back into the grid for my power generated. Their rate is exceedingly higher. Need some competitors, that provide both service and aggressive pricing. Being environmentally conscious should be more expensive!
My spouse wanted to add me into account as a joint representative. We contacted the customer service on the website. Then he told us to call the customer service. It couldn't be completed over chat. The customer service only works from 8 AM - 5 PM from Mon-Fri. After finding sometimes in the middle of working time to call them. They said NO! It couldn't be done. Only 1 person on the account. It's ridiculous!
My electric bill doubled, normally it's about 50 dollars a month. Now it's 120 for 3/4 of a month. I will cancel my account as soon as possible. I feel they take advantage of people's willingness to help the environment.
Green Mountain Energy author review by ConsumerAffairs Research Team
Green Mountain Energy is an electricity company in Texas focused on eco-friendly energy. The company offers electricity via renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and geothermal power.
Eco-friendly: Green Mountain is focused on providing electricity that comes from renewable energy sources. Consumers interested in eco-friendly alternatives to other electricity providers will appreciate Green Mountain.
Plans: Green Mountain Energy provides a different selection of plans, including the LITE-UP TEXAS Low Income Discount Plan, which helps qualified residents in Texas with electricity discounts in May, June, July, August and September.
Rewards: Green Mountain offers customers who sign up for their plan rewards, including gifts like the Nest thermostat.
Cost: Buying electricity generated from cleaner energy sources can be more expensive than buying energy from traditional energy sources such as coal or natural gas.
Fees: Green Mountain Energy charges some additional fees, including a fee for opening an account and a fee for closing an account.
Green Mountain Energy Company Information
- Company Name:
- Green Mountain Energy
- Year Founded:
- 300 West 6th Street, Suite 1600
- Postal Code:
- United States
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