Peoples Gas
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Last updated: Nov. 11, 2017

155 Peoples Gas Consumer Reviews and Complaints

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Nov. 11, 2017

As you may be aware Peoples Gas are working in the City of Chicago to remove all gas meters from the interior to the exterior of the home. Well what about residents with fully finished basements? Be aware the construction crew completely trashed my home & re-installed dry wall so badly & incorrectly it will cost between $800.00 to $1,200.00 to repair after having 5 professional contractors assess the work.

I am still waiting for a supervisor from Peoples Gas to look at the well below average work that was completed. No one returns calls! It's been 3 weeks where everything from a closet in the basement was emptied out & items are sitting on the laundry room floor. I will be honest. Dealing with Peoples Gas Construction Dept. is like dealing with fly by night fraudulent contractors. Despicable & should be illegal conduct that is transferred to the homeowner at the homeowner's expense!!! Something has to be done to hold Peoples Gas Accountable!!! What a scam!

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Verified Buyer
Original review: April 11, 2017

People Gas receive my bill payment automatically from my online account that I setup. In January, they were unable to receive the payment amount that I was charged due to the restriction that I placed on my acc# which require notification before withdrawal if exceed $170.00. So, I unrestricted the payment amount to allow them the payment. Subsequently, the payment still did not go through. As a result, I paid manually March 16, 2017. On April 03, 2017, the payment wasn't taken out again although I gave permission for March. I understand that it was set up automatically to take the money out that didn't exceeded the set amount however, when I unrestricted the account it should've happened in March.

I talked to someone on April 5, 2017 and, they said I have to wait for 10 business days to receive my fund but, when I called April 11, 2017 the supervisor stated that I have to call back around April 17, 2017 and at that time put a request to receive my funds back and I will only receive a partial payment after they have take out for the new bill amount which is due May 3, 2017. I feel like that's Ethically wrong. My acc# is already set up online which they have access too. Furthermore, I am a full time student and I desperately need my money.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 11, 2017

Had a gas leak in my house and I called the gas company to come out and check it. Boy was that a mistake. It's February 11, 2017, it's wintertime and my house is like living in an icebox. The gas company (People's) shut my gas off completely and I am in a house with absolutely no heat in the wintertime! I am freezing!

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 24, 2017

I applied for gas service at my home through Peoples Gas. When they arrive to turn on my service I was told there was a gas leak that would need repair. At that time the gas wasn't turned on. I notified the owner of issue where the pipes were all replaced. I called the gas company again where they sent out a tech. Now my gas is off because the tech never closed the job, I was accused of stealing gas. They have noted the problem however will not come out to turn the gas on. This is unacceptable. It is winter out in Chicago.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 20, 2017

I have been trying to make updates to my account while on vacation in New Zealand, but their website is not accessible. This is a serious issue in terms of customer service. How am I supposed to update my payment method if their website doesn't work internationally? All other websites load fine, it is specific to the for some reason.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 19, 2017

I have fallen a bit behind on my bill, and this company have the audacity to send me a letter requesting that I pay a $288 deposit due to slow payment!!! Are you kidding me, I have had service with this company for almost two years, I already paid a deposit, why in the heck do I need to pay another one!? How is this even possible, People's Energy is the epitome of a greedy company? The ONLY reason why this company get away with actions like this because there's no competition! It's the only company that is providing service to the Chicago area. So now my bill is going to be outrageous because I've been ordered to pay this deposit. This type of nickeling and dimming has to stop. I'm going to take my complaint as far as I can!

Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 24, 2016

It takes a lot out of me to come to this point. Peoples Gas is the worst customer service on the planet. "It's never their fault". I am now 6 days without hot water. Waited all day and they never showed up, but apparently they called and left a business card at my front door... what an absolute joke, and more so, an absolute nightmare. The problem is there's nothing we can do. What other providers can I go to. The only reason they are still in business is because they are the only ones around that offer what we all need. What a scam, and an embarrassment of a company. This place has seriously sucked the energy out of me. Perhaps we should all start a support group? Good luck all...

Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 22, 2016

I just received a warning on pink paper warning me that my service will be disconnected because I haven't contact them after they tried "numerous" times to contact me. They want to change meters at my condo. The issue is I never receive one letter or phone call that they need to schedule something. I called and there's a huge wait. They direct you to an "easier" way to schedule on their website and the site says they are having problems and check back in 30 minutes. Guess what? Surprise, surprise, the system isn't even up an hour later. You can call the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) Consumer Services Division to complain which I am doing at 800 524 0795.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 3, 2016

Peoples Gas sent us a confirmation letter when we moved then today they cut us off without warning. They are getting a bill when my pipes freeze!

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 5, 2016

I'm very confused with this company. I haven't had gas since 2012. I moved into my own house and wanted to reconnect service. Long story short bill is paid already then they asked me to send in my lease, my id and social because apparently someone else tried to get gas at my house which is odd but I sent it anyway. Now a rep from residential services suppose to call me within 2 business days to ask questions and take the hold off my account so I can finally get a date to reconnect service. Now they recieved my info the 29th of last week and here it is the 4th day and no call.

I keep calling and they keep saying "we sent them a email, they should get in touch with you." So everytime I ask to speak to a manager they transfer me to the excavation team and they say the same thing. I have a 1 year old asthmatic and 2 smaller children. We haven't been able to enjoying our home due to the cold and having to eat out all the time and my light bill is sky high because of the heaters being On nonstop. I just want my gas in. I hate to see my kids suffer. My daughter is in and out the hospital nonstop and they still don't care. I'm over the top with this mess.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Nov. 13, 2015

The lies and nonprofessional employees that work there as well as the so called Supervisors actions and attitudes is horrendous to say the least. It does not require a technician to come to disconnect services, so why should there be one to reconnect when all that needs to be checked is on the outside of the unit? I have been inconvenienced by People's Energy on a reconnect for almost a month. This is not an CUSTOMER ERROR but a People's Energy ERROR and it is NOVEMBER... It is cold outside and yes, I too have children to consider and the fact that no one cares is unbelievable. I spoke with Mr. ** (Supervisor) on a recorded line and he knew it was a P.E. error and still did nothing... NOW WHAT???

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 11, 2015

I understand that you have other customers to take care of as well. My complaint is that I paid my gas bill because it was disconnected for a couple of months but I paid my gas bill Thursday, Sept 10, 2015. I have a infant child at home with three small children and I live in Chicago, IL 60623, and where I live it's cold and remind you I have a infant child and three small children. I'm trying to figure out why I should have to wait September 15, 2015 for them to turn my gas on. I believe y'all People Gas company should care if it's children in the home without heat and hot water. It's been too long since I have heat and hot water. I wonder why People Gas couldn't turn my gas on today... I need my service on today. Please and thank you. My number is **.

Verified Buyer
Original review: Sept. 4, 2015

My roommate and I moved into a new apartment in Chicago in August of 2015. Before we moved, we called Peoples Gas to have them switch the account into our names. The previous tenants were still "using" the address even though they did not live there anymore. We were told we had to wait. About 1 week and 2 weeks into living in our new place we called again to have them, once again, switch the gas into our names. Again, we were told they could not. On August 30th, 2015 our gas was just shut off. No warning, no note. Just done. We had called three times previously and were told there was nothing we could do and now we had no gas.

Upon calling, they told us we had a hold on our account because we had to fax over a SS card and license, THEN 24-48 hours they would get back to us. Well, 48 hours has come and gone and no call. So I called again today, September 4th and the woman is now telling us we need a confirmation number from our fax (never told us that before, and they already have our fax) and a copy of our lease. Both are bits of new information. They never called to tell us there was a problem (which was not part of the stipulations from before). If you have a choice, do NOT use Peoples Gas. Our leasing company requires us to use them, otherwise I would not. Not worth the effort and they are all robots on the other end of the phone.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 1, 2015

Peoples Gas came out and dug up my parkway in December 2014 to shut off gas in order to tear down an old house. They came back in the spring and did even MORE damage to turn on gas service to the new construction house. Supervisor on site promised me they would be back to fix it. I made calls on 7/28/2015 (Mercedes), 8/7/2015 (Chiquita), 8/31 (Kaitlyn... who promised a call back from a supervisor in 4 hours). Someone named Mrs. ** called me while I was on a conference call and instructed me to call back, where I was told to leave a message and wait 24 more hours. I have done so, with no call back. I just left a message on the "supervisor voicemail" again on 9/1. I just want my parkway (grass between the street and sidewalk) repaired before it is winter. I cannot believe that NO ONE will call me back and give me a date when this will be fixed.

Original review: June 29, 2015

Can't get gas for a 6 weeks!!!! These idiots could not verify my personality for 4 weeks! O_o So I hadn't any chance to take hot shower or cook my food. Now then I finally got scheduled I have to wait another 2 more weeks coz representative instead this week put other one. I have no words to explain it! Mindless idiots.

Original review: June 23, 2015

My father is 79 years old and has not had a problem in almost 30 years. My father paid the bill. On today, the gas was turned off. While call Peoples Gas, it was discovered that payments were made to an old account. But the gas is shut off.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 16, 2015

I notified Peoples Gas that I was moving and I never received a final bill. I contacted them four times during the month with no final bill. I received a call from a collection agency who stated that Peoples Gas sends all customers who cancel service to collection to ensure payment, but it does not appear on the credit report: well it did and I suffered negative consequences with creditors.

I filed a complaint with the Illinois Utility Board and received a call from a representative who said I had a history of being late. I was in utter shock because 10 years of service with over 120 payments with three payments not made on the due date, but within 30 days does not constitute a history and reporting is based on month to month: in March 2014 it was reported okay then less than 30 days I was reported. I disputed with TransUnion and to no avail the negative report is still on my credit report and my score dropped from 748 to 689. I just want the item removed because I did not deserve to be treated that way!

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Original review: June 12, 2015

I've been a Peoples Gas faithful customer since 2013 when I moved into my home and signed up on budget plan, until I missed a payment because I didn't get the bill. Did not go paperless since I like to review my statement for discrepancies. I've made payment arrangements but the amount exceeds my weekly paycheck amount to pay. Each time I call it takes more than 30 min to answer. If calling almost to closing, customer service drop the call. It really infuriates me to wait a good 45-60 min for CS to answer for them to disconnect the call. Received a final notice for disconnection with a $2000 balance and a second one for $1747.00 so they're not even crystal clear as to really which amount it is we owe.

I made a minimum payment last month of $650 dollars to avoid disconnection and this month and it did not significantly lower the balance owed; they request another $850 dollars before the end of the month, not to mention the bills just keeps getting higher and higher like a Tetris game. They've reported me to the credit bureau already. It's just frustrating not been able to arrange anything that suits our income since we live paycheck to paycheck and are willing to pay. Can't qualify to any assistance program either as most resources average income before taxes. No alternate gas company since it's a monopoly. It has given me such a headache. I might as well cancel it out and change my entire house for an electric heating system. Frustrated and dissatisfied with the service and the rude reps.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 11, 2015

I recently moved into my new place. I signed up for People's Gas and I got an email a few days asking me to send two forms of ID and my lease. I faxed that over that day I got the email. I received a bill a few days later which I paid the following day. I thought everything was fine until a month and half later when I got 4 calls from my landlord. The People's Gas were there shutting off my gas- cause of unpaid bills. I found out that the person who lived there before me had an outstanding bill of over $2,000.

I called them to explain that it wasn't me and they need to turn my gas back on ASAP. They said they could not do that- that they needed proof from me- which I already had sent them. I just resent it where they said they would contact me within 24 to 48 hours- which I won't hold my breath but they didn't hesitant cashing my check and gave me NO warning about turning it off because someone else who I don't even know didn't pay their bill. I feel this is somehow illegal and terribly wrong. People's Gas is just the worst of the worst businesses and they should be shut down for terrible they are. But from what I am gathering from other complaints they aren't so quick to come back out and turn my gas back on. What can I do to make this a faster turn around time?

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Original review: June 8, 2015

Received no shut off notice. Bill date 6/5 $381.00. Turned off my gas on 6/8, paid bill, can't get service until 6/12. This is not right. Rudest customer service I have ever had! Need another option for service.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 16, 2015

I called to set up an account with Peoples Gas before I moved into the unit. However, since I did not have an account with the company prior to the move, I had to verify my identity at a third-party to do so. That is fine, and I complied to their policy, verified my identity, and submitted the confirmation number to People's Gas.

Fast forward two weeks, I have still not received a call from the Enrollment Services department. I have been following up with their customer service line daily, and continue to receive what seems to be the standard, boilerplate response of "I'm sorry, but you really should have gas by now." I have confirmed on multiple occasions that I have done my due diligence, all information has been submitted, and that Enrollment Services will be contacting me within 24 hours. This has not happened!

I have requested multiple times for management to call me in order to discuss this issue. Much to my chagrin, I have yet to receive a call from any supervisor, and customer service refuses to let me speak to one citing company policy. I cannot get a straight answer or any help in resolving the matter, and continue to live without any amenities that should have been provided to me upon arrival. The gas line should not have been shut off to begin with!

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Original review: May 13, 2015

I recently tried to get service and was told that I had an outstanding bill from 23 years ago. I told them that was impossible since I didn't live in the place they said it was from. They told me in order to get service I had to file a police report, put the bill on my credit report, contact the credit bureaus and a few other things. I then asked why wasn't the bill in collections and they couldn't tell me. I even went further to ask for a payment plan to pay the bill off and they refused to do that. The bill is for $1,578. I have to pay it in full on order to get service in my name. The bill isn't mine and I'm not putting it on my credit. I'm trying to clear my credit up.

Verified Buyer
Original review: May 12, 2015

How do you send someone a bill for 1200 then when you call them they tell you your account balance is 2000. Wtf??? Then ask them why, they come up with a dumb excuse like the bill comes out ahead of time. What? I need a good lawyer.

Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
Original review: May 9, 2015

I was reported to the credit bureaus because of a missed payment even after their policy states no payment shall be received by them until after 45 days of cancellation. How does this make any sense!? Why report me if I'm willing and able to pay!? Why do I need to continue to pay even after I have closed my account with Peoples Gas? What service have you been providing if I have no bills to my name!?

Original review: May 7, 2015

I've faithfully paid my bill in full (even in the winter when it went as high as $300) since I've been a customer. At my current place of residence Peoples Gas came and shut the entire building down because one unit had "an illegal connection" and the service tech was unable to gain access into our building to turn off that 1 particular unit, so they shut us all off!

I called in to Peoples Gas to ask for some type of credit towards my bill or just see what they could do to appease the situation. These people had no sympathy for me at all, all they said was that "they're sorry for the inconvenience" - mind you I have no heat, can't take a hot shower, can't wash my hair, can't cook - of me having to be an innocent victim (more like collateral damage) in this situation. To make matters worse I was told by 1 representative that everyone in the building received a notice and when I told her I didn't receive a notice she switched it up and said my building's management received a notice (which they claimed they didn't either).

I talked to a different representative the following day and I was told that I didn't receive a notice because I had an active account and only units with inactive accounts received the notice - what sense does that make??? So my gas was turned off without proper notification and yet they still weren't willing to do anything. I requested to speak with a supervisor... I'm still waiting to get a "return call" from 1... tomorrow will make a week since I've been dealing with this craziness.

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Original review: April 27, 2015

I paid the bills but called to get an explanation. I was told that no agent had access to my budget bill summary. So, the agent said there was no way to answer my question. Early one morning, one agent hung up on me before I could even ask the question. Otherwise, the service is good.

Original review: April 16, 2015

I have a high gas bill. Call in to get help on bill. Was put on a payment plan. Was not able to keep payment plan because of amount of payment I had to pay. Had I none the payment was so high. Never would have got on payment plan. I know I need to pay my bill but I need help and can't get it and also I had a medical certificate on my account when I was at ** sent. I have move to ** and my medical certificate can not be transfer but to my understanding you can have it for a year and I was placed on the plan on June 18, 2014 and when I move it canceled out and the reason I move for the ** address, my family was a victim of a crime. So me and my family were relocated and I have proof so if I did not move I would still be on the medical certificate for my son **.

I think my gas service should be place back on my certificate. Also call two days ago talk to someone team leader and they could not help me. Ask to speak with a supervisor person, talk told me someone will call me back in two days. I don't have two days or 241.63. I need to pay by April 20, 2015. Call two days ago. Talk to team leader. Told me I need a new medical certificate and when I get it faxes it over because the one I have on file expire. Call back in two days. I was told it was denied because can only be on it for a year. You can call me at **. My gas will be shut off after April 20, 2015. My son has diabetes.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 9, 2015

As I was checking my credit history a charge of $123.00 was posted as a unpaid bill from Peoples Energy. I have never done business with them, received a bill to dispute or don't even know who they were. Calling their service dept. was a waste of time. They needed a account no. to assist me. I don't have a acct. with them.

Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
Original review: March 4, 2015

I inadvertently made an electronic payment to Peoples Gas. I have requested a refund for about a month. I've called around 4 times. Each time I get another delay or another request from them. The conversation today they told me I was denied for my refund. The representatives #s ** today told me that after I send in my proof of payment they would put in a request to approve it, then if it was approved that I would get my money in about a month. I am a customer in good standing and never pay my bill late.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 22, 2015

I just completed one of my rental home and was about to rent it. I returned to the house to find out that the gas was shut off by accident, in this cold February 2015. I did not want to believe my gas was off when I saw Peoples Gas' flags posted into the grounds in front my house. I rushed into the house and it was extremely cold. Due to the fact that the gas was turned off, the water meter burst allowing water to run freely into the house. Water filled the laundry/furnace! I rushed to turn the main water line off and called my HVAC man over to check the boiler. He also saw the posted flags from Peoples Gas and asked why was the gas turned off. We both tried turning on the stove and it did not come on in the now frozen house.

I called Peoples Gas emergency number to report. Before Peoples Gas came out, I called the second time and the person admit that it was accidentally turned off. When Peoples Gas' two workers pulled up, one of them immediately dug into the ground and began to work. Then he asked his partner to go inside of the house and turn on the stove. Of course the stove then came on and they proceeded to tell me that the gas was not off. It was crystal clear the gas was turned off. Both Peoples Gas' workers continued to work, checking the meter and doing what they had to do. On top of wrongfully shutting off my gas, they caused so much damages and the two workers came out to insult my intelligence by telling me, "Gas was not off".

What can I do now? I'm at a lost. Waiting for the water department to replace water meter. It's been more than 14 hours waiting for City of Chicago, Water Department. Today I will find out if this problem being without gas for days has destroyed my boiler. How can Peoples Gas do this to me when I have been paying my bill? This is about to run me out of business at that location. God help me!!

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