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    • poppellerant
    • By poppellerant 2nd Jan 18, 9:53 AM
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    Feedback on Utility Point
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    • 2nd Jan 18, 9:53 AM
    Feedback on Utility Point 2nd Jan 18 at 9:53 AM
    Having compared my tariff online, this company seems to be the same price as my existing Flex4 tariff with Iresa. But even Googling Utility Point's name didn't instantly find their website. I can't seem to find much, if any, feedback on this company so they must be relatively new. I only found them with Energy Helpline's comparison site.

    If anybody has any comments or feedback to make on this company, I'd really like to hear them. Even if you're in the middle of switching, it'd be good to see how they treat potential customers. I did try to call them today, but it seems they are closed.

    This is their website: https://www.utilitypoint.co.uk/
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    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 13th May 19, 2:08 PM
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    As we pay 1 month in advance and (some of us) have high Winter DDs and its been a mild Winter, I expect many people will have large credits going in to Summer. Time to read the T&Cs...
    If you put your general location in your Profile, somebody here may be able to come and help you.
    • tk47
    • By tk47 13th May 19, 3:03 PM
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    Its quite frustrating that their website is slow to update the balance.

    Our statement date around the 14th of the month, we're now 13th May and our account on the website is showing a credit balance of £195, I asked for this to be refunded given our monthly payments are still on the "high" cycle and our usage is quite low and we'll be leaving them once they go back up again as it will be the 12 month fixed deal ending so there won't be any "debt" to build up again - they keep saying the statement issued on the 14th shows this balance is reduced by that months usage...so why doesn't the website show a balance which is previous balance less billed balance on the 14th? Seems like it will a always be one month out of date if thats the case
    Originally posted by ashe
    The online account is updated as soon as the supplier has the required information.

    But I agree it is not updated automatically as soon as the supplier receives your meter readings, as some suppliers do. I guess they are cautious enough to wait and only use meter readings that are approved by the independant meter reading agency.

    As regards to credit, for example, this is updated on your online account almost as soon as it is received.

    Remember, you pay in advance for your energy, so your online account will always have a credit balance of at least 1 months payments (assuming you are paying enough to cover your usage)

    If you have not been billed for last month yet, then your account will currently show at least 2 months credit (on the same terms as above)

    Your monthly bill is the best place to find out the health of your account, as its shows the balance at the end of the month i.e. after you take account of credit applied (less payment in advance) and the cost of your consumption.

    If there is an issue with the level of DD, I found this supplier to not take too long, and adopt a sensible approach, to any complaint logically argued.
    - as I reported in this thread last Sept when the supplier tried to increase almost everyones monthly payment by £4.00 exactly for no obvious reason.

    I've eventually received a reply from UP about my challenge to the DD increase.

    They have agreed they could find no justification for this increase and so have agreed it should never have been changed.

    Unfortunately, they were too late to stop the increase this month, so they took the extra £4 anyway

    To resolve this, they propose to take £8 less next month (i.e. £4 less than my previous, usualy monthly payment) and then revert to the previously agreed monthly payment.
    Originally posted by tk47
    Last edited by tk47; 13-05-2019 at 3:07 PM.
    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 13th May 19, 3:12 PM
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    As regards to credit, for example, this is updated on your online account almost as soon as it is received.
    Originally posted by tk47
    ...which can be a 3/4 days after the DD date.
    If you put your general location in your Profile, somebody here may be able to come and help you.
    • tk47
    • By tk47 13th May 19, 3:16 PM
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    ...which can be a 3/4 days after the DD date.
    Originally posted by grumpycrab
    ... Even longer if there are bank holidays as well as weekends involved
    • gsmlnx
    • By gsmlnx 13th May 19, 3:25 PM
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    I reclaimed credit from Utility Point last month without issue.

    However I did ensure that my point was put across in such a way as to show that the credit could be returned without causing my account to go overdrawn at any time in the near future.

    I emailed them on the last day of my account month and told them that I had calculated that my bill would be x amount and that I would be in credit by £56 as at the bill. I asked for £50 to be returned and also asked for the direct debit to be reduced back to last year's original amount for the May DD collection.

    Two working days later, they agreed by email to reduce the direct debit and refund the £50. The DD was shown reduced in the portal that day and the credit was returned to my bank some 19 days later.

    So it worked out for me.
    • poppellerant
    • By poppellerant 17th May 19, 10:20 AM
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    Noticing my account was in a large amount of credit this morning after being billed, I've asked Utility Point to refund me the best part of it. My reasoning is that I will have over summer to build enough credit for winter. Better in my pocket than theirs.

    How long do refunds take? I was told up to 28 days.
    • ashe
    • By ashe 17th May 19, 10:49 AM
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    Are you noticing from your bill or your balance shown on the website? As the balance doesn’t seem to factor in what your last bill says eg mine on website says £238 credit but they tell me my last bill wasn’t taken off that amount despite the bill going down when the bill was issued and going up when the payment comes out.
    • MABLE
    • By MABLE 17th May 19, 10:57 AM
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    How long do refunds take? I was told up to 28 days.
    Originally posted by poppellerant
    Thats your answer then!
    • poppellerant
    • By poppellerant 17th May 19, 11:08 AM
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    Are you noticing from your bill or your balance shown on the website? As the balance doesn’t seem to factor in what your last bill says eg mine on website says £238 credit but they tell me my last bill wasn’t taken off that amount despite the bill going down when the bill was issued and going up when the payment comes out.
    Originally posted by ashe
    The account balance shown on the bill seems to match the balance on the website.
    Thats your answer then!
    Originally posted by MABLE
    If only it was that simple...
    credit was returned to my bank some 19 days later.
    Originally posted by gsmlnx
    • gsmlnx
    • By gsmlnx 17th May 19, 11:12 AM
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    @poppellerant

    I was also told that it could take up to 28 days when they confirmed the refund but it was only 19 days in actuality. I guess they were giving themselves some leeway.
    19 days is less than 28 just in case that wasn't clear from my earlier post so I received the refund earlier than anticipated.
    Last edited by gsmlnx; 17-05-2019 at 11:20 AM.
    • poppellerant
    • By poppellerant 17th May 19, 11:53 AM
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    @poppellerant

    I was also told that it could take up to 28 days when they confirmed the refund but it was only 19 days in actuality. I guess they were giving themselves some leeway.
    19 days is less than 28 just in case that wasn't clear from my earlier post so I received the refund earlier than anticipated.
    Originally posted by gsmlnx
    Seems like 19 is the magic number then.

    I just like to know what is coming and going from my bank account and have always been weary of uncertainties.
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