She seemed quite shocked when I explained for the third time that I was not signing anything without looking through it first, to leave the contract and supporting information with me and we would read through it and make a decision.
- But you have to sign up now and then you have 10 days to change your mind.
- Well, I won’t sign now, but leave it with me, I will read through it and if I agree, I will sign within 10 days.
- But that price is only guaranteed until Sunday.
- Fine, leave it here and I will decide before Sunday.
The energy company is going to be charging $8.99/GJ as the flat rate for the next 5 years. They included a lovely graph in the brochure, which showed gas prices over the past 5 years, with some fluctuations, but averaging out for the entire year at close to $11.00/GJ. And for the benefit of the mathematically challenged among us, they had drawn a bold line across the graph at the $8.99 level.
So I decided to check our old gas bills. Not even close.
The most we ever paid was $15.59/GJ last January, and according to my old gas bills, winter rates are traditionally $7.00 to $9.00/GJ, while summer rates are about $4.50/GJ.. I did not sign the contract.
And then I heard on the radio this morning, how over a dozen complaints have been lodged locally against the energy company for their misleading representation of historical gas prices.
Interestingly, the gas company, Direct Energy, is well known for its coercion tactics and misleading sales pitches. So I’m really glad I didn’t sign with the
Otherwise I would end up having to go all Office Depot on their ass. And that would have been a bun fight.
Take My Money And Run - Cuff the Duke