National Grid

National Grid

New England

 3.8/5 (288 ratings)
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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Dec. 27, 2022

Avoid business with this company if at all possible. Moved out of my apartment in September at which time I notified National Grid of the move and asked to close my account. Received a bill in October that I paid assuming (incorrectly) that it was from the remained of September. When I again received a bill in November I called National Grid. At that time the representative I spoke with told me she could see where I requested the service be discontinued in September but it wasn't so she would disconnect and I needed to fill out a final bill dispute form. I completed that and then heard nothing until receiving another bill in December accompanied by automated phone calls about my bill being past due. Since calling clearly did not work previously I tried emailing the company. No resolution over a week later and am calling and emailing again today.

To top it all off, when I spoke with a representative in November, she informed me that someone else opened service for the apartment in early October when they moved in. So National Grid has been billing two people for the electric service. Overall this is incredibly shady, frustrating and could soon be impacting my credit score.

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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Dec. 12, 2022

in December when everything is freezing, this company tells you that if you want to start a service they should check your identity which is fine, but the time they need to do that is 10 business days, what are your employees are doing there? I lived in NJ, PA, and now moved to NY, and none of the other utility companies need so much time, Verizon put the service on with cable management and everything just the next day, Con Edison electric company, provided service in the same day and you need 10 days for just reviewing my ID? This is a joke? And then god knows when the technician will come to turn on the service. You guys are ridiculous.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Dec. 6, 2022

    I don't know how many times I have tried to get accurate, understandable information about National Grid billing. I have PTSD related to calling these people after living in two rooms and getting electric bills over $600/mo. Every time I call the customer service people are either:

    (1) Incoherent, for instance I have had a rep state that a mysterious "balance forward" was for one month, say August, and then later in the conversation forget their own lie and say another month for the same balance forward. When I ask what month the bill is related to, they can't provide a coherent answer.

    (2) Act like thugs, literally. I had an open PSC dispute over a bill for more than $600/mo. There was no resolution to this dispute, but NG simply waited until one of the hottest days of the year in mid-summer and then shut my power off, leaving my sick, elderly pet trapped in a sweltering house at like 99 degrees while I was at work. Then they extorted the entire $600 from me in one day before turning the power back on. So I'm sorry if I seem rude to you. But you are an awful company. Sincerely, Your customer

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Dec. 1, 2022

    Called their customer service who sounded more like a NYC Department of Motor Vehicles employee. Had no knowledge of what I was calling about, and rather than be helpful was more confrontational. Her name was Lana (so she said). At first her name was Anna and then when I said I was going to report it, her name changed to Lana.

    Called about a notice I received about an inspection. The inspection said there was an obstruction from 1 1/2 years ago. I asked why they waited 1 1/2 years to address an obstruction, and what is this obstruction they are talking about. We had an inspection 1 1/2 years ago where their service member came out -- I had to take off work to let him in -- and he spent 45 minutes going through all the gas lines and said everything was fine.

    She said she didn't know what obstruction they are referencing because they don't have any records, and they don't keep records of when service technicians go out and conduct inspections or service appointments. I asked her if she works for National Grid, and she said, "If we keep records for everyone do you know how hard that would be." I said, "That is your job as a service provider to keep service records so I wouldn't have to call you regarding this notice." I was puzzled, since I received a notice about an obstruction from 1 1/2 years ago and wondering where they got this from if they don't keep records.

    After that, I knew I'm dealing with someone who has no clue what they are doing. I then asked for her name. She then said I'm taking out my anger on her. I said, "What anger, I'm calling to ask for information and you're not being helpful at all but giving me excuse that you can't help me." When I asked to speak to someone else, she said, "You're being difficult" and hung up on me. All in all, I spent 15 minutes on the phone and got no results. Whenever I call National Grid (I had to once before), it seems their customer service are more like customer disservice. They don't know how to speak appropriately, and they are very confrontational.

    2 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Oct. 5, 2022

    I have been a customer for many years. I am disabled and have a tagged meter. I established a payment plan and have held up to the plan and paid bills in for lol including the payment arrangement amount. I called to ask a question about my payment plan in Upstate NY and a woman named Nanette answered and started arguing with me about a gas supply charge on my bill that actually gets paid every month even though my household is electric. I explained that I had an old boiler that was replaced by the city that I live in a few years back and that’s when everything changed. She proceeded to argue and say that it does not make sense that my electric portion is higher or something about my summer and winter bills.

    I said, "Look, I have a terminal illness and have no strength to argue about a stupid charge that I pay anyway." She says we to get to the bottom of this. I said, "Is your job that important that you need to harass a terminal patient about something they pay anyway." I explained that I have tried to get the charge removed on several occasions but was told that it’s standard billing. I asked for a supervisor and a few minutes later a someone came on the line claiming to be a supervisor and it sounded exactly like Nanette pretending to be someone else and she was almost whispering. I said I don’t need harassment with the little strength I have to call and she said I was right and I said leave me alone and hung up. It is not okay for these people to harass me and give me the third degree like I’m a criminal or something, I am paying my bills and plan every month.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Oct. 1, 2022

    Of the many problems National Grid has created for me this one takes the cake. National Grid transferred a complete stranger's $1708.08 outstanding bill for a completely different address to my account. From July. But nowhere does my bill reflect the reason for this charge. I was on the phone w/ them for an hour. And they're telling me that that debt transfer effectively cancels my own low rate deferred payment plan. How can they just add a stranger's bill to my account?? File a Dispute is all they say. And I'm sick w/ covid. I will reach out to my local media because this is crazy.

    2 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Sept. 21, 2022

    I wish there was another company I could go to for Gas service. This company is horrific.. They always come to my house at unexpected hrs in the day to dig under ground for their benefit but when their customers need them we have to wait 24hrs Or more for service And when they do come it’s 1,2,3 o’clock in the morning when people have to work... All of a sudden no one is available to come at decent hours in the day.. Make it make sense..

    3 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Sept. 3, 2022

    It was horrible, seems like they do not know how to do their job. SMH. My electric was shut off on a Tuesday. I called them right after. I was literally transferred to 8 different people before I got someone who knows how to do their job. She apologized and said the earliest she could have someone come out was August 31, this was August 22nd. I called back 2 days later and the same thing. I asked to speak to a supervisor, was put on hold, 5 mins later she comes back on the phone and says, "I'm sorry. I can't get anyone out til the 31st." Smh. I also have 2 kids in the house. Why couldn't they have someone come out sooner.

    It didn't take long to shut it off but it took 8 days to turn it back on. This was very unacceptable and not right at all. I lost 200 in food and had to have my kids go to their grandparents. I also think I should be reimbursed for the food we had to throw out. I wish there was a different electric company. Also half the people I spoke to did comprehend English. Smh. Worst company ever.

    3 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Aug. 13, 2022

    This company is horrible. They take advantage knowing people don’t have much of a choice but to use their company since there is zero competition between utility companies. For years we have had an outrageous bill. We have had the meter changed a few times, etc., and still no change. We tried living in the dark among other obvious things to help cut the bill down but to no avail. This past year our monthly bills have been the worst yet! 700-800 per month during the cold months is outrageous. We pay what we can on it every month but it’s never enough. We can’t catch up. They come to our door and humiliate us in front of the neighborhood. They get away with insane rates and it’s disgusting. NO WAY should a utility bill cost more than food or a car payment. This is ridiculous. They’ll keep getting away with it too.

    Writing to this website about it does nothing but allow me to release my anger! Our bill hasn’t been below $3500 in over a year. We have a household of 7 but our income level is just above the discount rate guidelines. We don’t qualify for any type of help. Idk how the heck we're supposed to pay this off. It makes me sick. Are we supposed to freeze and live like in the stone ages? This is hopeless! How do people live??

    2 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: July 2, 2022

    In 2016, through National Grid we were referred to Mass Save for an energy audit. Homeworks responded and we were thrilled with the education and service they performed to help two elderly and disabled seniors save money. We have central air throughout the house with the exception of one room added on afterwards. This 10X12 room required a separate unit which we purchased through Homeworks. Homeworks installed a "Fujitsu" split system. We live on the coast and according to other heating/cooling companies "Fujitsu" is not recommended for coastal homes because they rust out and become inoperable in a relatively short period of time. We are proof of this as our unit has had numerous service calls and each one we were told to replace the unit because it is inadequate and runs poorly.

    The person from Homeworks who initially sold us the unit has been fired from Homeworks curiously and Homeworks no longer installs "Fujitsu" units. Interestingly after all this time going back and forth with all companies (National Grid, Mass Save, Homeworks Energy, Abode Energy and others) we have been offered a 10% DISCOUNT off a $199 contract going forward for them to maintain a unit which neither heats nor cools. This ridiculous offer ($19.90) did nothing but make a bad situation worse. We are elderly and on a fixed income and after 6 years we have been told there is nothing more anyone can do for us.

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    National Grid author review by Jonathan Trout

    National Grid is an investor-owned energy company that services New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the United Kingdom. It promotes sustainable energy and educates the community about the importance of clean energy and energy-saving practices.

    • Smart energy solutions: National Grid’s smart energy solutions program gives you more control over your energy use. Through the program you get free energy kits with smart thermostats, smart plugs and direct-load devices. You can also participate in conservation days where you lower your energy usage during peak hours and receive bonuses on your pricing plan.

    • Residential energy saving programs: National Grid gives you the option to participate in multiple energy saving programs like ConnectedSolutions and coolControl. ConnectedSolutions is National Grid’s consumer energy platform that integrates with your smart devices and appliances to control energy use remotely, helping you save more. Eligible customers can participate in the coolControl program, which uses a smart AC kit to let you control your AC unit from your phone. Earn rewards points for participating in the coolControl program.

    • Supplier diversity and sustainability: National Grid gives minority-owned, women-owned and small and sustainable businesses equal opportunity to apply for its procurement and sourcing process through its Supplier Diversity Program. This program helps sustain economic growth in the states they operate in.

    • National Grid Foundation: The National Grid Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the economy and improving the quality of life in National Grid’s service areas. It awards grants to nonprofit organizations that strive to make an impact on underserved neighborhoods and organizations that focus on providing environmental education programs.

    • Convenience: Start, stop or transfer services, report and view outages and set up online bill-pay from the company’s home page. You can also choose how you want to pay your bill, either by bank account, credit card, phone or automatic payments.

    by Jonathan Trout ConsumerAffairs Research Team

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