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I am very sorry to read of the above. May I confirm how you made payment to them originally please - eg. direct debit, debit card?
Many thanks. There a number of approaches you can use to deal with this. One of which from what you say you have already tried, namely requesting the amount to be refunded to your account. You may consider reminding them that under paragraph 27 of the Gas Supply Licence and Electricity Supply Licence granted to them by Ofgem, they must refund credits to customers in a timely fashion. You may also wish (if you haven't already done so) framing your communications to the supplier as a formal complaint (more on this below).
The second approach you can take is contacting your bank and asking to make a direct debit guarantee claim on the basis that the company has overcharged you via direct debit. This can be an effective and quick way to claim monies back though whether a claim will be possible will depend upon whether the DDs were properly charged at the time in accordance with the account terms and conditions. The bank will ask for information, including a copy of your last bill and a copy of an email requesting the amount to be refunded. It may also ask to see a copy of account terms for the supply contract. If successful this can be a highly effective and swift means to claim back funds.
The third and final approach involves escalating the matter to the Energy Ombudsman. You first need to raise a formal complaint (hence referred to above) and you cannot escalate your complaint until the earlier of their final reply to your formal complaint or 8 weeks. You can then ask the Ombudsman to make a decision as regards ***** ***** and order damages is paid to you for lost interest and failure in prompt action being taken by the energy company.