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(To make this simple; TXU raises their price drastically to cancel out your free nights. TXU benefits from you signing a 2 year contract where you pay a penalty if you cancel it, and you get nothing unless you drastically cut down on your electricity usage during the day.) Unless you plan to use almost no electricity during the day and only use electricity during the free night hours then this offer will (scam) you. If you plan to continue to use electricity during the day the same as you do now you will end up paying the same or more. I explain below.
On Dec.16, 2016 I signed up for TXU 24 month free nights offer, which has a monthly base charge (fee) of $9.95. On the website it says that TDU delivery charges are included in the per (kWh) quote, it is a lie, you pay separate fee for TDU charges. Before, I was on the .10 cent per (kWh) no contract plan. My last bill I used 749 (kWh). I was charged $76.04 plus $43.30 TDU, (total $119.34) which is actually paying 16.3 cents per (kWh) excluding taxes and one time miscellaneous fees (which included in total bill was $144.32). TXU bill actually states "the average price you paid for electricity this month was 16.3 cents per kWh excluding tax and non recurring charges" on the bill in small print. So really I was charged 16.3 cents or more for electricity.
I received my bill today Jan 25, 2017 for my first month of "free" electricity, I chose 8pm-5am. The bill is ($124.34) I used 852 kWh, (100 kWh) more than last month, I used heater more (mostly at night) and Christmas and New Years (up at night). I used as much electricity during my "free" time as I did at all other hours.
Using the "free" logic anyone would think my bill would be almost half as last month. But it was only $20 less, and that is mostly because I used heat and airconditioner mostly during "free" time, kept lights out during the day and washed and dried clothes ONLY during "free" time. I changed my habits to take advantage of "free" electricity, if I hadn't my bill would have gone up! And this is even after they kindly discounted the TDU charge during "free" hours. BUT, they actually didn't, further down the bill they charged more TDU during the morning and afternoon than they did for the entire last month, $41.04 TDU last month.
You may pay more than you do now if you don't cut back on your day usage. My bill says I paid 12.2 cents per kWh this month. That still only saved me $20 dollars from last month bill and the extra 100kWh I used I guess I should consider I got those free. Without the free night discount TXU actually charged me almost .25 cents per kWh if you include all the fees. What they are in effect doing is offering you a 30% percent discount but raising they're price 30 percent. To reiterate, I used half my electricity during the "free" hours and my bill is only $20 dollars less and that is because I cut back on my day usage, but now I am under contract for 2 years with no benefit to me.
I have been a TXU customer for 10 years, before that I was a CPL customer for my whole adult electricity paying life. I have only been with these 2 companies. If you pay your bill on time with TXU and do not need customer service then TXU seems perfect. My one previous problem with TXU was when they stopped including TDU, ( these are the charges that companies, such as AEP Texas Central Company, that maintain the power lines and install the meters get paid.) charges in the price customers paid per (kWh).
Before, TXU electricity per Kilowatt hour charge included the TDU delivery charge in the per (kWh) you agreed to pay. A few years ago Texas, maybe because of Texas' pro business government passing a law, allowed TXU and I assume all other Texas electricity providers to separate the TDU charge and make customers pay those companies separately but charge it in your bills. What this did was add a new "delivery charge" that TXU and the other companies no longer had to pay. BUT, they did not reduce the per (kWh) they were charging customers. So everyone's electricity bill went up.
From other comments in complaints I am assuming that some other electricity providers include the TDU delivery charges in the per (kWh) that they charge their customers and not make it a separate FEE as TXU does. As I have only been a customer of CPL and TXU ( I am 45 years old ), I can not recommend any other company nor can I recommend TXU, you have to be pretty savvy to come out ahead with TXU otherwise you will feel cheated and robbed.
On my last Bill the amount due $30 more previous bills and I now work 72 hrs a week away from home. I phoned TXU, they Don't Care!!! They don't believe you and they give you the most naive reasons you can think of for their powerless reasoning. Run!!! They are unprofessional, ignorant and not trained properly.
If you have any other choice of utility company, use it. Stay far away from TXU Energy. Their customer service representatives are inept and unhelpful and any attempts to resolve valid issues civilly are met with lack of concern or understanding. They are very slow to help aid with problems created on their part but are very quick to report you to the credit agencies - beware!
Last 4.5 years we were with other utility company and my bill never went more than $120 (only in summer June, July, Aug). We are in a 2-bed apartment. But recently (4 months) we came to know TXU is giving nightly free charge. So we thought it will definitely come down. But it's not true. They have so many hidden charges. For Nov. 2016 we got bill as $124. Then in Dec. we got bill as $195. Which is not acceptable. Only one man and kid are in this apartment. I called them but they don't care for customer concern. They are real fraud. My suggestion is keep away and never come for nightly free charge trap.
I received my December bill and noticed they had charged me $25.00 for a returned check fee. I called TXU & spoke with customer service explaining I am on autopay, it only withdrew one time on the 27th, and my account was never overdrawn. She said she would waive the penalty fee. I said "thank you but it is still a hit on my account when my checking account never overdrew. Your system is incorrect, my bank statement shows my bank balance never went low enough to overdraw even if I had paid the bill twice."
She said to send in my bank statement and let them review it. My bank statement? With today's fraud and identity theft, you are telling me to send you my entire bank statement because your system made an error?? No, I will not send in my statement defending my balance when you never tried to withdraw it previously, it never bounced anything, and I am not giving my banking info to everyone at TXU to review. Extremely dissatisfied.
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I am writing to say, STAY AWAY from these guys. I am currently looking for an agent for TXU which they hide under many corp. names to keep from being sued. Does anyone have a agent name to send in the small claims form too? I will show you how to beat them and get them off your credit report for their "Policy" that says they will not remove anything, no matter if you pay it in full. So in other words they want to hurt your credit scores. What a public service.
I have been a customer since I was 18 years old when they were Texas Power and Lights. I signed up for the free nights plan and after being on the plan for a year I noticed that the Average Billing Plan also showed up on my bill. So now I'm on two plans on this one account. I look over my free nights contract to make sure I didn't overlook something. There isn't anything there indicating that you have to be averaged out your second year in the plan.
I called TXU and those telephone amateurs could only tell me that I asked for the plan (never). Been there done that 2002 big scam. Never ever ever! But not one of them can find the recording (didn't happen). Ask for higher authority, they are all the same. So as of right now I'm paying for the usage of last year that was supposed to be free. My bill went from a average of $119.00 to $244.00 and the way it looks it will be even higher by July of 2017. I feel that they are doing some more people like this and we need to file a civil suit against the company for Breach of Contract.
First off, the whole privatization of the energy utility industry trips me out. My apt complex suggested TXU, so I went with them without fully researching the deal. I had to pay a $190 deposit to get service turned on. I was given the option to pay half upfront and it was communicated to me that the other half would be included on my first bill. I come home one night and the power was off. They had disconnected my power because the other half was to be paid after 21 days. I totally missed that part and apparently over the lengthy terms and conditions that you zone out of halfway through, it was mentioned.
I could go on and on about it, but the thing that pissed me off the most, I specifically asked for email communication as I am on the road 75% of the week. I stressed this to customer service and they basically told me to deal with it and that it is not their fault I don't check my mail. I found another company that has given me service with NO deposit. I will gladly pay the 150 fee to be rid of TXU.
I signed up with txu energy 2 months ago. It was the worst mistake I ever did in my life. I want to do 6 months contract, not 12 months. He told me I can cancel anytime with no fee. After 2 bills both of them over $120 when he told me I will be paying less than $100 a month. He promised me for $200 gift card that he never sent, and when I called they said its a $100 gift card and I will get it in 4-6 weeks. I called yesterday to cancel my account. They told me I am on 12 months contract and if I wanna cancel it will be $150. They were very rude. I wish I saw all those reviews before I signed with them. I AM GOING TO TELL EVERY CUSTOMER I TALK TO IN MY JOB ABOUT MY BAD EXPERIENCE WITH TXU ENERGY. They record the things they want, not everything you say.
I will start this off as I never write reviews good or bad but my experience with this company has been so horrible, I need to warn others to stay FAR away! I have lived all across the US and have a lot of different power companies along the way. I have never come across a company such as TXU. First, their rates are higher than anybody. Probably by about 50% or more. Second, if you are a day late, they will just turn off your power. The second time I was late they put a deductible on my account of about 400$, which they wanted as a one-time payment. I had to talk to a manager to get it in installment plans. Also, they will make you sign up for a year like a cell phone plan and make you pay a lot of money to break the contract. They do this because they know if they let you pay month to month, nobody would use them for any length of time. Stay far away from these guys.
I was with TXU for several months... Only to see a big raise in my bill... I was barely even using any electric. But then I switched to Ambit Energy!!! I got a rate of.085 per kwh!!! It is awesome! And not to mention the free month and the free electricity I receive for any referral!!! If anyone wants more info on how to sign up for free text me I can help.
I recently moved in a one bedroom apartment in Austin Texas. I had my power turned on 10/7/2016. I received an email from TXU that my charges started at approximately 5:37 am that morning. I moved in at approximately 9:45 am. Since I was new to the dynamics of choosing a power company I decided to test the integrity of the system. I moved here with the same appliances that I've had at my last 2 previous apartments (which is in 2 different states). My kwh usage was mostly the same because I used the same habits in both places. They may have been a little different depending on the age of the apartment.
On the day of my move in I turned nothing on all day using sunlight for light. It was not until 10:00 pm at night before I used the A/C. (Note) I'm checking for the integrity of the system. From 10:00 pm to 12:00 am I was mainly my power use. I was told that I had used 74 kwh of power and I know this to be incorrect. This is a complete scam and there are laws that use to be enforced to protect people from being vulnerable to this type of predatory behavior from businesses. This is the exact type of predatory business practices that caused our economy to collapse. There needs to be legislations written to force this company and any like it from conducting these practices on the civilian population.
I have never had a problem with TXU before, they were always a fantastic company to deal with. Two months ago, I had a business trip to go on. I wanted to take some extra money so I called to see if I could set up a payment arrangement. I used the virtual assistant, who offered to let me pay half and split the other half over a 5 month period. Now, I'm not receiving bills, I'm receiving shut off notices! My last bill was at least $75 higher than I was expecting and I haven't even been home most of the month! I can't talk to anyone and I can't login because my email address has changed. I love this company and don't want to leave it but I don't want to talk to their silly computer and I want to know why my bill is so high. Shut off notices don't tell you that, they just appear threatening.
We have a three-bedroom home and opted for the free energy at night (8 pm-7 am) during which time we run the AC. During the day when we have to pay for electricity (according to our plan), we keep the thermostat higher, close off vents to rooms not used and keep the lights off with the curtains open for lighting. There is NO WAY our electric bill should be running in the $200 range! Never in my life have I ever had such high electric bills. When I lived in Louisiana, I had a house of similar square feet and my electric bill ran $18-24 a month with $50 as a high! Also, they tack on ~$50 per month "Delivery Charges" and then ~$20 "Miscellaneous Charges" without even saying what it is. What is TXU up to?
I live in a 3 bedroom, single flat house, 1500 sq feet. My bill has been 319. Actual read for last 2 months. On-Core comes and says my meter is not reading. Put on a new meter. Bill is 797.00. They say actual bill. Now something is wrong here and I ask them to investigate. They said the bill was real. I don't see how when I nothing changed from the previous months. I am pissed off. Will be changing companies or something.
I live alone in a 1 storey 3BR/2BA home. In two of the bedrooms I close the vents and close the door. I am gone from 7 am - 8 pm and turn my thermostat to 78 in the hottest months. The lowest I set my AC is 72. Yet my bill is over $350/month. I've tried numerous times to inquire about this. I just keep getting excuses. They say they are giving me the best rate but its not. I feel completely ripped off by this company!
The bills I received with Center Point charge never were the same, the last one charge me $87.00. REALLY??? Now I changed to another company and they promised to sent the credit balance after my bill due date. That was July 15. I called today about the check and told me they will process the check in Aug 1. They are using my money for more than 3 weeks. They are sending letter that they want you back. NO THANKS.
I logged into my account to see that its current balance was $900!! I began looking at the account summary and found a $400 deposit charge. I called a representative who informed me that the $400 charge was due to a late payment. Ohh I was also charged in addition to the $400 dollars a $9 late fee for notice and a $15 late fee. That's a total of $424 for being a week late on a single payment. I will no longer be utilizing the services provided by TXU. In addition I will NEVER refer anyone to them.
When I signed up for TXU last year 2015, they had a promotion whereby they would give its customers $250, in two payments of $125 each. I never received even one of them. They sent me a letter with a promo code and a customer code. The letter also asked me to visit txuenergyrewardcenter.com. I did that, but when I input my promo code and customer code, what I read was this: "We're sorry! We are unable to locate the promo you are submitting for." I checked the numbers several times...they were they sent me. So I would not trust this TXU promotion scam. I did this review to document this particular event, and maybe I could help some customers.
I have only been with TXU for about 3 months and I never knew when my bill was due. Well, I get a letter in the mail informing me they are adding $250 to my bill for late payments. This should be against the law!! I have a zero balance on my bill. TXU is a rip-off and I will never refer them to friends or family. NEVER!!
I was with TXU at my home for over a year. I bought a new home Feb 19, 2015. At that time I was sick of high bills and bad service from TXU. I told them I was going to switch to another company and they begged me to stay and offered me a $250 Visa card to re-up with them and a 3% discount each month that I was with them. Well I never received my $250 Visa card but was sent $125 instead. Rather than complain and live on the phone with these folks I just said "to heck with it" and recently switched to Cirro Energy.
In the year at my new home with TXU I received a prepaid visa card with $8.00 on it. $8.00 for a year's worth of rebates at 3%. That was enough. They ripped me off, didn't pay me my money as agreed and then screwed me by sending me an $8.00 rebate for a whole year of service. My electric bill with TXU in March of 2015 was $278. My March bill with Cirro is $127. To heck with TXU and I would love to chat with them face to face. TXU is a ripoff company. Why is my new bill half the price of TXU's bill. We haven't changed our habits or electric usage enough to justify any difference.
Some statements are worth noting like "It is better to be safe than Sorry." This is complete RIP OFF company. I had to move out of the apartment on account of job change and so I decided to check my credit score and saw that TXU was on it for $150.00. These charges were for early termination charges and one day I got a call from Lady representative who said she was the president of the company. I politely asked her like for what these charges as I did not have any contract. This women was very rude to Asians. I can see that. She was very rude and not courteous. Any good way to resolve the issue did not work with this person. Such a worst experience. This they have put it in my credit report. Which has affected my credit score.
This company does not require any rating as they don't know how to treat customers and retain customers and even after paying $150 they have put in credit report as charge off. How can it be Charge Off when you paid early termination fee without any contacting terms. This is baseless and this is what you get being customer. Please think twice and take opinion of many others before making a decision to take connection. This Incident happened 4 years back and today I have received a letter that they would like to keep it my file until 7 years. Please stay away from this RIP OFF company.
I overpaid on my account by a lot. Yes, I know it was my fault but I noticed it the day that it happened. I called and was told nothing could be done until it was received. I called back and a representative said he would begin the refund process. One week later, I call back - they deleted that request because "it was not completed correctly". A new request was submitted. Weeks go by and I have called every week. Told things like they needed to investigate. What is there to investigate, I overpaid, you see what I owe and give me the difference. EXACTLY ONE MONTH LATER AND I STILL DO NOT HAVE MY MONEY.
My bills were not high with TXU but they would take 2-3 weeks to post payments that were sent in plenty on time so always getting late fees. When my contract was up and was time to refund my deposit said would take 3 weeks! They expect you to pay within 10 days of bill then they should pay within 10 days. It's been almost 4 weeks and still no refund.
I had a 1 year account with them for my apt. A week prior to moving out of the apt at the end of the 1 year contract with TXU I called them, informed the CSR that I will not be renewing the contract and that I will move out 12/18/15. I was informed by the TXU rep that they will disconnect the electricity 12/19/15. Well I called TXU 1/29/2016 to make the final payment for previous services only to find out that TXU never disconnected the electricity nor were any notes indicating from that CSR that I was moving out and declined to renew the account.
I eventually put in a complaint and needed this reviewed 2/9/2016. I returned the managements dept. phone call (855-779-2137). I gave the management dept. the issue # that was left on my voice mail no more than 3 minutes prior to my call and they couldn't locate the results of my complaint "I'm not surprised." after verifying my phone # and SS# related to the apt. I occupied their claim I never called nor do they have any records that I called since September of 2015... I told them TXU is the one that gave me the date of 12/19/15. THEY would disconnect the service I didn't make it up and it sounds like to me that your CSR is the one that is at fault for not notating the conversation and why you're telling me your phone say I haven't called since September of 2015 is bizarre to me but that has nothing to do with me?
I ask management "Does TXU record every phone call like your automated system indicates?" She said "Yes we do." My response "Well apparently TXU doesn't and you also don't hold yourself accountable to your mistake." So now I have an extra $121.00 electric bill for an apartment I didn't live in for 42 days. Be wary. TXU will cheat you. Disgruntled.
I spoke with Carol who is an account supervisor. This matter was cleared up within a couple of days after speaking to her. I'm glad that TXU finally kept their word. The credit did finally go through.
I was promised a $250 gift card if I signed up for TXU service. Four months later, that never happened. So they promised to credit my account for that amount. After the three days that they said it would take, that also did not happen. Every time I call, I'm promised something else and I'm told it's being "investigated". Yeah, right. Also, according to their rep, if I signed up, their "fantastic" rates would give me big savings each month. Baloney! I'm paying pretty much the same if not more than my last provider. I will never use TXU again!!
Sept of 2014, I received a bill from TXU (475.00), I paid half and was waiting for check to come in to pay balance (3 days). During this I received a bill from First Choice Power (1089.00 for 1 month). I call First Choice Power to find out who they are and why they are billing me for Electric, when my service was with TXU. I was told TXU switched me to First Choice Power. I called TXU to find out why and no one from either company could tell me how I was switch to the other without my permission.
Now both companies try to point the finger at me because I called Reliant Energy and had them pick up my service. It doesn't matter who messed up my service, I paid my bills and TXU still refuses to delete from my credit. TXU and First Choice Power are 2 companies I will never do business with again, horrible customer service and the runaround. I have even let the companies listen to the recordings from our phone conversations and they still blame the other company for transferring my service without my permission.
TXU's Mrs. **, a Dallas supervisor, lied to me telling me that the amount I pay twice was put back into my bank account. And I got charged $300 deposit for being late more than twice in a year including 1 time where they made the mistake, I will be charged with the deposit even if I change the company. To me, this is a fee for being late, not a deposit. A deposit should be refund if I do not use their services. Deposit is a pledge for a contract, the balance being payable later. BAD!
This company is by far the worst company I have ever dealt with. They have all kinds of hidden fees. They have worst customer service. They are filled with liars as customer service representative. My electricity bill just kept going higher with them without more utilization on my part. They charged me a bogus fee of 290 dollars when I got off their bogus contract. I will be filing a claim with BBB as soon as I finish writing this review.
Whatever you do, do NOT do business with this company. They used sneaky and underhanded business practices to get money out of you. When I switch from another provider to them, I was told I was on a 3 tier plan, i.e. I pay so much for kilowatts up to 1200, then x amount from 1201-2000, then x amount for anything above. When they would not give me a decent renewal rate, I switched from them to another provider who offered a lower rate. I get my last bill and they charge me for the amount of kilowatts I used which came to around 120.00. Then, and read carefully, they tack on this average monthly usage fee jumping the bill up to almost 350.00.
I called and told them I will pay the 120.00 but I absolutely refuse to pay this bogus, underhanded extra fee they seem to have concocted and which was NEVER explained to me when I go to another company. I am so livid right now. I have never seen such sneaky slimy tactics from any company. The BBB and the States Attorney's Office should shut these folks down for misleading people and out and out lying to them.
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