Dorset-based energy firm Utility Point joined the market in 2018 and since then has sold some of the cheapest dual-fuel deals. If often launches new tariffs but also promises that customers will be put onto the cheapest available plan when their contract ends.
Its benefits scheme, Utility Point Rewards, gives customers discounts at some shops, restaurants and online stores.
As well as gas and electricity, Utility Point sells home emergency cover, services boilers in partnership with Northern Gas Heating and sells new boilers.
Keep reading to find out how Utility Point matches up to other brands, including on prices and customer service.
Utility Point customer score
Utility Point came 15th out of 25 energy companies rated by 7,460 members of the public in the annual Which? energy companies satisfaction survey – the broadest independent view of energy companies available.
Utility Point score breakdown
The graphic below shows the breakdown of Utility Point’s score in our latest survey. Scroll down to read our verdict on this energy firm and to find out more about its prices.
Which? verdict on Utility Point
We included Utility Point in our energy companies survey for the second time this year. It has finished just below mid-table so it still has some way to go to ‘shake up the energy industry’ as it claims it plans to do.
It gained a ‘good’ rating on one of the four aspects of service we gathered enough customer responses to rate in our survey, and a ‘fair’ rating on the others.
Customers found Utility Point’s bills accurate, rating it four out of five stars for this, although seven of the companies in our survey received the maximum five. There is room for improvement with the clarity of its bills, though, for which it received a fair three stars.
Customer service was also rated fair by customers at three stars. Five of the providers in our survey were awarded four stars but none managed to achieve the top rating of five this year.
We didn’t get enough responses from customers to rate Utility Point’s complaints handling.
However, its published complaints figures indicate that it gets very few complaints per 1,000 customers when compared with the other firms in our survey. It managed to resolve 80% of complaints on the same or next working day, which is good - although the best firms were able to solve 90% or more in this timeframe.
When we included Utility Point in our snapshot investigation into customer waiting times in September 2020, it was slow to pick up the phone. It took 15 minutes 55 seconds, on average, for us to get through to a human. The fastest firm took just 51 seconds, on average.
But it was by far from the slowest either. One firm, Boost, averaged an over 40-minute wait and there were seven more that were slower than Utility Point to get callers through to a human.
It averaged over 7 minutes 10 seconds to respond to our live chat queries too. While it wasn't the slowest, it has some way to go before it catches up to the fastest, which managed to answer in an average of 10 seconds.
This suggests that Utility Point still has some fine-tuning to do before its customer service matches the best in our investigation.
Pros: Gets few complaints and resolves them quickly
Cons: Slow to answer the phone