Energy regulator gives thumbs-up to Bonkers.ie and Switcher.ie

Regulator recently carried out an audit on the websites as part of accreditation process

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities, said both Bonkers.ie (above) and Switcher.ie are abiding by its guidelines

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities, said both Bonkers.ie (above) and Switcher.ie are abiding by its guidelines

 

The Irish energy regulator has given the thumbs-up to two local price comparison websites that help consumers to find the best deal.

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), said both Bonkers.ie and Switcher.ie are abiding by its guidelines across a number of areas including impartiality, tariff and price comparison, consumer information and accessibility, and data protection.

The regulator recently carried out an audit on the websites as part of an accreditation process and has subsequently launched a public consultation on its findings.

Objective information

“Price comparison websites are a valuable tool in providing consumers access to neutral and objective information to aid them in their decisions when choosing an energy supplier,” said CRU commissioner Aoife MacEvilly.

“By annually auditing and accrediting these websites, the CRU’s objective is to provide consumers with confidence that they have access to independent advice and a valuable service that can deliver real cost savings when choosing a tariff or supplier that is suitable to their energy needs,” she added.