Complain to your energy supplier
You should complain to your supplier if you’re unhappy with the way you’ve been treated or you want to dispute a bill.
Before you complain
You should try to sort the issue out with your supplier - you might be able to avoid having to make a complaint.
If you haven’t already, you may also want to read our guidance if:
- your energy bill seems too high or low
- your supplier has raised its prices
- your direct debit payments have increased
- you’ve been switched to a new supplier without your consent
How to complain
You should follow your supplier’s complaints procedure - you’ll find this on their website or on your energy bill. Normally you can complain by emailing, phoning or writing to them.
If you want to complain in writing, you can use our template letter to help you:
After you submit your complaint, your supplier must tell you exactly how they plan to deal with it and how long it will take. Most complaints should be resolved within 8 weeks.
During this time you should work with your supplier to sort out the problem. For example, they might ask you for more information or want to visit your home to check your meter.
If you were misled or intimidated into signing an energy contract, you should complain to the supplier. You can use our example letter for energy mis-selling to write to them.
Try to keep a record of any correspondence you have with your supplier. For example, you should keep:
- copies of letters
- proof of postage for any letters you send (you’ll need a ‘certificate of postage’ - you can get one from any Post Office when you post a letter)
- notes of phone calls, eg when you rang, who you spoke to and what you spoke about
- copies of emails
You should also keep a record of when relevant things happened, for example the date your energy was cut off.
If you’re unhappy with their response
The next step you can take is to complain to the energy ombudsman. You can do this if either:
- you receive a decision letter (called a ‘letter of deadlock’) and you’re not happy with it
- you don’t receive a decision letter within 8 weeks of making your complaint
The ombudsman is independent and will review your complaint further. They might be able to force your supplier to change their decision.
Get help with your complaint
You can get advice from the Citizens Advice consumer helpline about how to complain to your supplier. You can contact the helpline by emailing, phoning or writing to them.
Use our consumer template letters if you want to contact your energy supplier yourself. The templates will help you to write a complaint letter or email.
You can also use the automated Resolver complaint service, which:
- emails your complaint letter to your energy supplier
- uses its database to make sure your complaint reaches the right person
- tracks the result and lets you know how your complaint is progressing
- resends your complaint letter to someone more senior if necessary
- collects your complaint and any response for the energy ombudsman
To complain using Resolver, choose your energy supplier and then follow the instructions on the Resolver website.
You’ll need to create a Resolver account and then add the details of your case using their multiple choice process. This shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes. Make sure you have the paperwork from your energy supplier with you when you start the process.