Explaining the Ofgem Confidence Code
At Energy Helpline, we are proud to be one of the earliest members of Ofgem’s Confidence Code, so we thought we were well suited to tell you all you need to know.
The Ofgem Confidence Code is a code of practice governing energy price comparison websites, in order to instill confidence within customers by upholding a high standard of professionalism within the price comparison industry.
Telling you first-hand how the Ofgem Confidence Code works
In order for us to join, we had to go through an accreditation process with Ofgem to ensure that our website and calculations were in line with that of their Confidence Code.
Once we had the approval of Ofgem, and it was confirmed that we were up to the Code’s standard, we became an official Ofgem Confidence Code accredited energy price comparison website.
It’s important to note that the Ofgem Confidence Code is not a compulsory code of practice that all energy price comparison sites have to follow in order to start their business. It is voluntary, and we chose to be a part of it to let our customers know they can switch with confidence, and that our calculations and website are up to a great standard.
The Ofgem Confidence Code key principles
The key principles to follow to make sure we abide by the Code are as follows:
- Our site reveals all tariffs in the market when a customer uses the search tool, unless the customer has chosen to filter out some tariffs.
- All options surrounding the choice to see a partial view of available tariffs are facilitated by clear wording, so customers are perfectly clear on the choice they are making.
- We clearly state that commission is earned per customer switch. This does not affect the price you pay as a customer, and the service provided to you is always free, but this is still something we have to state.
Why choose a Confidence Code comparison service?
Choosing an independent energy comparison service that is accredited by Ofgem means you can be sure the prices displayed are legitimate and have been calculated in a completely fair and unbiased way.
Companies who aren’t accredited by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) are independent of the ‘watchdog’ of the energy market, and can therefore choose to show a limited panel of suppliers. All those under the Confidence Code are obliged to consistently provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date prices of all available tariffs whenever you use their comparison sites.
The logo assures you’ll be able to find the best possible deals, providing all the details you need to make a confident decision when planning to switch energy providers. You can also be assured our service is completely free, and we will be completely transparent with any offers or discounts available at the time of your comparison - we will not withhold any information.
Where to see all Ofgem accredited price comparison websites
The full list of Ofgem Confidence Code accredited energy comparison websites can be found at Ofgem.gov.uk, with Energy Helpline first on the list.