Great North Energy: Proud to be different from other energy companies
Great North Energy is brought to you by Local Councils, in partnership with Robin Hood Energy, a not-for-profit energy supplier who shares our ethos of wanting to help people to get the best energy deal for them.
Reducing the cost of living for people is our priority, so this is our opportunity to ensure that the people in the North are getting a fair deal on gas and electricity.
Our aim is to provide low cost, fair and transparent pricing and choice along with excellent customer service.
We want to reduce fuel poverty and we know that one of the best ways to support people is to help them save money on their energy bills. We provide a real alternative to expensive tariffs and we will work especially hard to support prepayment customers, who are often not on the most competitive tariffs elsewhere, by helping them to find a better deal. We bring you fair prices, striving for the best possible deal at all times.
We are proud to be different from the ‘big six’ energy companies. Being not-for-profit means we can keep our prices low and pass on the benefits to you.
Your benefits and our commitment to you
We are a forward thinking energy provider, who puts the customer at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to offering low prices and striving for the best possible energy deals for our customers who can expect quality customer service. There are no hidden costs, we are open and honest. You can trust us to do our best to help you at every step of your customer journey.
- UK-based call centres and a Freephone telephone number
- Simple and honest energy services
- A discount for credit customers who manage their account online
Our service standards cover both the standards we will deliver as a business, alongside the Guaranteed Standards of Performance that are required by Government and the industry regulator, Ofgem. These standards underpin our service and provide the framework for all business activities, providing you with a positive customer experience, value for money and a fair and clear billing process.
The Standards of Performance ensure you receive the service levels that define how all energy suppliers deliver energy to their customers; a level of service that is reasonable to expect companies to provide to their customers.
If you have a problem or query, we aim to resolve this as quickly as possible. There are a number of ways you can get in touch with us:
Telephone: 0800 145 6699
On our Get in touch page
How to make your home more energy efficient
Being smart with how you use your energy can help make a big difference – to your bills and the environment. Here at Great North Energy we can offer advice to make your home more energy efficient and cost effective. By making a few small, simple changes around your home you can reduce your energy consumption and quickly start saving money. Follow the simple tips below as a starter for five.
The figures below are calculated using models or are based on evidence of field trials of products. The amount of money that can be saved will differ from household to household.
Five simple energy efficiency tips
- Turn the heating down a bit. When you reduce your thermostat by just 1°C, you could save around £85- £90 and 310 – 360kg of carbon dioxide per year.
- You can save around £30 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances completely off instead of leaving them in standby mode.
- Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light. This will save you around £15 on your annual energy bills.
- Drying clothes outdoors on a washing line or indoors on a rack costs nothing and uses no energy so it is the ideal way to dry your clothes. If you need to use a tumble dryer, choose one with a good energy label rating, B or above. This will help to keep your energy bill down as much as possible.
- Cut back on your washing machine use by one cycle per week and save £5 a year on energy, and a further £8 a year on metered water bills.
Source: The Energy Saving Trust
You may also be entitled to financial assistance towards the cost of insulation and heating improvements depending on your circumstances. To find out what help and support you may be entitled to, further information is available from:
The Energy Saving Trust
Ways you can pay for your energy consumption
At Great North Energy, we want to make things as simple as possible and paying for your energy usage is no exception.
Here are the ways you can pay for your energy services:
- Direct Debit – Our monthly fixed Direct Debit and variable Direct Debit options make life easier for you by automatically collecting your payment.
- Online – if you haven’t already, you can register for an online account and submit your readings at any time. If you are a credit customer you’ll get an annual discount of £22.50 per fuel if you manage your account online and go paperless.
- Credit/Debit card – call us to make a payment on 0800 145 6699 or pay online.
- Cash – You can pay by cash at any Post Office or Paypoint outlet. Please remember to take your bill with you which has a barcode on it. You will need this when paying.
Getting help to pay your bill
If you, or someone you care for, are finding it difficult to pay, please contact us for advice. We’ll take into account your circumstances so you’ll need to tell us about your situation. Our Customer Service Officers will listen and advise you on the payment options available.
- Setting up an arrangement to pay an agreed amount weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, to help you repay what you owe in manageable instalments
- Installing a Pay-As-You-Go meter
- Fuel Direct – Paying direct from your means-tested benefits
What happens if you don’t contact us and don’t pay?
Taking further action is the last thing we want to do, so please contact us as soon as you can. If we don’t hear from you, we will:
- Contact you using the details you have given us
- Pass your account to a debt collection agency
- Obtain a warrant to gain entry to your home to fit a Pay-As-You-Go meter where it is safe to do so
In the event that you don’t pay and we are unable to install a Pay-As-You-Go meter, we can disconnect your supply. We will not disconnect during the months of October to March if the house occupant is of pensionable age and lives i) alone, or ii) with other people that are all of pensionable age or under the age of 18.
We will take all reasonable steps not to disconnect during the months of October to March if one of the house occupants is disabled, chronically sick or is of pensionable age.
If you do experience any difficulties, call one of our Customer Services Officers on 0800 145 6699 as soon as possible. We are open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 5pm on Saturday.
Your safety and what to do in emergencies
Helping you stay safe
If you smell gas, think you have a gas leak, or are worried that fumes containing carbon monoxide are escaping from a gas appliance, please call the free Gas Emergency Services emergency line immediately on 0800 111 999.
- Open all doors and windows to ventilate the property
- Do not turn on/off any electrical switches
- Extinguish all naked flames, do not smoke, strike matches or do anything which could cause ignition
- If there are any electrical security entry phones/locks, please open door manually
- All gas appliances need an adequate air supply to operate safely and must have a flue to remove the waste gasses from the property.
- Make sure air vents in doors, windows or walls are not blocked and that the flue from the fire or boiler does not become blocked or obstructed.
Important Safety Checks
- NEVER use a gas appliance if you think that it is not working properly
- NEVER cover an appliance or block the convection air vents
- NEVER block or obstruct any fixed ventilation grills, air bricks or outside flues
Your gas appliance may not be working properly if you notice:
- Yellow or orange coloured flames (except in fuel-effect fires)
- Soot or yellow/brown staining on or around gas appliances
- A pilot light that frequently blows out
- Increased condensation on the inside of windows
Source: The Health and Safety Executive
Gas safety checks
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises all gas consumers to have their gas appliances and fittings checked for safety annually by a Gas Safe registered installer. At Great North Energy we may be able to offer a gas safety check for you which will be carried out by a fully qualified engineer. This service will be free for customers who own and occupy their home, are in receipt of means-tested benefits, have not had a gas safety check in the last 12 months and:
- Live with at least one child who is aged under 5 years, or
- Are over 60 years of age, disabled or chronically sick, and:
- Live alone; or
- Live with others, all of whom are over 60, under 18, disabled or have long-term health issues
For more details, please contact us on 0800 145 6699.
If, during a gas safety check the engineer finds that an appliance is dangerous, it will be condemned and cannot be used until it is repaired or replaced and no longer poses any further danger. If this happens and you need support or advice, you can call the Gas Safe Register enquiry number on 0800 408 5500 (lines open Monday to Thursday 9am-5.30pm and Friday 9am-5pm).
Alternatively, visit their website at www.gassaferegister.co.uk.
Help guard against carbon monoxide: “The silent killer”:
You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but carbon monoxide gas can kill or seriously injure in just a matter of hours. Carbon monoxide gas can be produced by faulty gas appliances, so, to ensure your home is safe, you will need to be aware of the following risks:
- Your gas appliance has not been properly installed
- The gas appliance is not working properly or has developed a combustion fault
- Your gas appliance has not been regularly maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can often be mistaken for flu or food poisoning and may include all or any of the following:
- Recurring headaches
- Nausea, sickness or stomach pains
- Tiredness or drowsiness
- Chest pains
- Visual problems
Symptoms may come and go, for example, improving when you are away from home or the faulty appliance is switched off. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, seek medical advice and ask if carbon monoxide may be the cause.
For further information and advice on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, please visit www.co-bealarmed.co.uk
Help, advice and service
We want you to have all the information you need to hand, so to help you get the most from your account with us, our Help & Advice section is full of useful material, including tips, advice and instructions. If you can’t find something, let us know so we can put it right.
Our Priority Services Register
We want to ensure that all our customers receive the best possible service to meet their needs. If you have special requirements, you may want to add your details to our Priority Services Register (PSR) – this is a list of customers who qualify for additional support. Customers who qualify for the Priority Services Register can include:
- Customers of pensionable age
- Customers with a disability
- Customers who are chronically sick
- Customers in a vulnerable situation
These are some of the free services that we will provide to our Priority Service Register customers:
- Agree a password that can be used for you to identify any person working for us or for your gas or electricity network company
- Send your bill or statement to any person you nominate, if that person agrees to receive it for you
- If no one at your home is able to read the meter, arrange for a quarterly reading and inform you of the reading
- If your meter is difficult to access and you can’t read it or insert your payment card/key, we may be able to arrange for the meter to be relocated
If you’re visually or hearing impaired we also provide support to help you manage your account.
- Large print or Braille bills – You can choose to receive your electricity and/or gas bills and statements in large print or in Braille, for free.
Just call us on 0800 145 6699 to arrange these services.
For customers who are deaf or have hearing difficulties, Great North Energy are able to offer free advice and support for those who have the correct equipment installed.
Join our password scheme
For extra security, you can use our free password scheme. All you need to do is choose a password (make sure it’s something no one else can guess) then call us on 0800 145 6699 and let us know what it is and we will make sure anyone from Great North Energy visiting your home can confirm it with you.
Helping you to feel safe
We take your safety seriously. Great North Energy representative that visits your home will have the necessary skills to do the job that they are visiting you for. They will also be able to tell you about where you can find help and advice on your energy supply.
- Check their ID
Our representatives always carry identification cards. Don’t worry about asking to check their card carefully – genuine representatives of Great North Energy won’t mind at all.
- Call us
If you’re unsure that someone who’s come to your home really is a Great North Energy representative, call us on 0800 145 6699 before you let them in. We’ll check their details.
Finding the information you need
Got a question? Need advice or help with your energy account? You can find the answers to frequently asked questions in Help & Advice.
How did we do?
At Great North Energy, we’re committed to making sure that you receive an excellent service from us and strive hard to get things right first time for our customers. However, we know that occasionally we may get things wrong. If we do, just give us a call and we’ll make sure that we put things right for you quickly.
If you decide to make a complaint about any aspect of our service, please rest assured that we’ll take your complaint seriously, work hard to resolve the problem and learn from your feedback to improve the way we deliver our services in the future. We’ll also keep you informed throughout the process so you know what is happening every step of the way.
If your complaint relates to a problem with the delivery of your gas or electricity, we will pass it on to your network supply operator to investigate, as they are responsible for this.
Tell us if you’re not happy
If you’re not happy with our service, get in touch straight away.
You can do this by:
If we can’t sort out your query straight away, we’ll aim to get back to you the following day. If you email us or write us, we’ll aim to get back to you by the next working day.
To resolve your complaint, we will:
- Give you an explanation as to what went wrong
- Put things right quickly
- Apologise if we’ve made a mistake
- Offer compensation (if it’s appropriate)
If you’re still not happy
We’ll talk to you about how we can work together to sort it out. You can also ask us to undertake an internal review of how we are handling your complaint.
We’ll work hard to try and get a result that you’re happy with, but if you’re not, we’ll look into things again and you’ll receive what is called a ‘Final Response’ (also known as a Deadlock Letter). This stage means that we haven’t been able to resolve things for you. In the letter, we’ll recap what’s happened and what we’ve suggested and give you contact details for the Energy Ombudsman should you wish to take it further.
Full details of our Complaint Handling Process.
The Energy Ombudsman
This is an independent organisation that offers a free service to help resolve things between us, once you’ve received a final response from us; or if eight weeks have lapsed since you made your complaint and things haven’t been fixed. They will make their independent decision and if you agree we have to act on the way they say. This may mean we have to apologise, explain what has gone wrong, correct the problem or give you a financial award. You do not have to accept their decision.
You can contact the Energy Ombudsman by:
- Telephone: 0330 440 1624
- Textphone: 0330 440 1600
- Fax: 0300 440 1625
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post: Ombudsman Services: Energy, PO Box 966, Warrington, WA4 9DF
To find out more about the Energy Ombudsman visit www.ombudsman-services.org/energy.
Getting in touch with us at Great North Energy is easy.
Call us for free at: 0800 145 6699
Write to us: Great North Energy Customer Services Team, PO Box 10461, Nottingham, NG1 9JS
Please include your details, including your account number, on all correspondence.
Email us: email@example.com
Through our online contact form
If you have a gas or an electricity emergency
- Gas Emergencies
If you smell gas, or think you have a gas leak, please call the Gas Emergency Services immediately on 0800 111 999 (24 hour emergency line)
- Electricity emergencies
- Your electricity network operator looks after the safety and security of your electricity supply. Please contact one of the operators below in the event of an electrical emergency or power outage.
Electricity Distribution Network Operators
The Energy Networks Association have an online postcode checker to help you identify your energy distributor, or the following information will help you contact the right organisation in the event of a power cut in your area:
Map and contact information kindly provided by the Energy Networks Association – http://www.energynetworks.org/
Further help and support
We hope in the first instance you’ll come to us if you need any help.
If you’re having difficulty paying your energy bills, please let us know immediately – we’ll do everything we can to help you. Together we can look at the best payment options to suit your circumstances.
Call, freephone: 0800 145 6699
Independent organisations that offer support if you need it
Citizens Advice (CAB) Consumer Helpline
It’s easy to get free, independent advice so that you “Know your rights” as an energy consumer. You might want to get a better deal, find out how to make a complaint, get advice about the quality of your electricity or gas supply, or ask for help if you’re struggling to pay your bills.
To “Know your rights” visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk/energy for up to date information or contact the Citizens Advice consumer service. You can contact them via phone, for England call 08444 111 444, for Wales call 03444 772020 and for Citizens Advice Scotland, call on 0808 800 9060
Free advice and help with overcoming debt problems;
The Energy Saving Trust
Independent, free, expert advice to help you save energy and reduce your bills.
Plus – energy saving tips and also help finding energy grants;
- Telephone, England, national rate call – 0300 123 1234
- Telephone, Scotland – Home Energy Scotland, free – 0808 808 2282
- Website: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk