The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) accreditation is awarded to domestic energy price comparison services that meet a series of standards designed to make switching energy providers as transparent, impartial and straightforward as possible for consumers.
bonkers.ie was the first energy price comparison service in Ireland to be awarded accreditation by the CRU in March 2012. Our accreditation has been renewed every year since, most recently in September 2018, and we’re proud to display the CRU’s accreditation on our site.
To maintain accreditation, price comparison services must submit to regular monitoring in addition to a formal annual audit, which ensure that the CRU’s high standards continue to be met.
The CRU’s standards are as rigorous as any in Europe and require that price comparison services provide accurate results and remain impartial and independent of all energy suppliers.
In September 2018, the results of the latest accreditation audit were released by the CRU. The results confirmed that bonkers.ie continues to meet the strict Principles of Compliance demanded by the accreditation framework.
To be awarded accreditation, websites are tested across a wide range of criteria, and must demonstrate that they are impartial, independent, accurate, up-to-date, easy to use and include all publicly available tariffs offered by licensed energy suppliers.
As Group CEO David Kerr commented: “We are delighted that the CRU has confirmed our accreditation again for 2018. We take this accreditation extremely seriously because it means that consumers can be confident that the calculations provided by bonkers.ie have undergone rigorous testing to ensure that they are accurate, meaning customers can trust the results they see. This is important at all times, especially in times when prices have changed so frequently, as they have done in the year since our accreditation was last awarded."
A website providing an energy price comparison service is only accredited by the CRU if it meets defined standards for accuracy, transparency, impartiality and reliability. An accredited site will also be audited at least annually by the CRU to ensure that it continues to provide a high standard of service.
The accreditation system provided by the CRU can provide energy customers with the confidence to use price comparison websites, assisting them in comparing tariff offers and getting the best tariff deal.