Texas Electricity Ratings Bill Calculator

We advise you to read the following to better understand the ins and outs of various electricity plans, but if you're in a hurry, feel free to jump ahead.


Why is my electric bill higher than it should be?

The PUC only requires companies to post their average rates for billing cycles at 500, 1000 and 2000 kWh. What goes on at other usage levels is not required to be disclosed on the web (except on the EFL). That's what allows you to see that 4.9¢ rate that you can't feasibly get on other comparison sites. The rate you see is only at that certain usage amount, and odds are, you aren't going to use 1,000 kWh in every billing cycle.

What do the houses mean?

The houses below represent the plan's rate at the 500, 1000, and 2000 kWh thresholds. The colors show the rate at those usage amounts relative to that plan's lowest rate. All green means the rate is fairly constant, regardless of usage amount. If part of the bar is orange, that means the rate at that amount is somewhat higher than the rate at the lowest usage amount. Red means the rate is significantly higher. Each plan will have at least one green section.
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Plan Profiles

Below are a few example plans we've created to illustrate how different rate structures work:

Fixed Rate

Regardless of how much energy you use, you will pay 10¢ per kWh. This is because the provider has included the TDSP fees into their price. If you use 500 kwh, you will pay $50. If you use 5,000, you will pay $500. The rates may not look as attractive, but you won't get any surprises on your bill.

Flat Rate

This plan has a fixed "monthly" charge of $75 with no energy charge up to 2,000 kWh. At 1,001 kWh, another fixed charge of $75 kicks in. At 2,001 kWh, an energy charge of 15¢ kicks in per kWh over 2,000. Depending on what the energy rate is, these plans could be ideal for large homes.

Bill Credit

This plan has a bundled energy charge of 15¢ per kWh. At 1,000 kWh, a $75 bill credit kicks in, dropping your average rate to 7.5¢/kWh. This credit is per billing cycle, not per month. If you use 1,100 kWh in January but only 950 in February, your February bill almost doubles!

Bill Credit with Cap

This plan also has a bundled energy charge of 15¢ per kWh and a $75 bill credit at 1,000 kWh. The difference is that the bill credit does not apply if you use more than 2,000 kWh in a billing cycle. Even though the EFL rates may look the same, these plans are very different.

To keep our examples simple, we've bundled the rates. Most plans are un-bundled, meaning the company you select will charge a fixed price per kWh and pass the TDSP (utility) fees on to you. TDSP fees usually include a base charge of $3-10 and an energy charge of 3-5¢/kWh. In bundled rate plans, the TDSP fees are not passed through to you. Your electricity company will absorb these costs and pay them to the utility for you. It is important to remember that TDSP fees are charged by your utility (Centerpoint, Oncor, AEP, TNMP). These are NOT bogus fees added to your bill by your electric company.


Other Factors

Keep in mind that there are other charges that can get added to your bill that may not be included in your rate. Some companies charge you for paying your bill online while others charge for paying by phone. There are also some companies that will charge you a monthly fee for not enrolling in auto-pay.

Read the EFL. Know what you're getting into before you sign a contract.


Get calculating!

Average Usage:
If you don't know your average usage, you can enter previous bill info below:

Note: The average bills shown are based on the average kWh entered extrapolated across an entire year based on aggregate customer usage data. Your yearly profile will differ based on factors like in-ground pools, electric heating, small data-centers in your garage, walk-in freezers, etc.

Company

Avg. Bill
Profile
Eagle 36
view EFL
$129
Free Weekends-12
view EFL
$130
You Got This 18
view EFL
$131
Gexa Straight Saver 24
view EFL
$133
Eagle 12
view EFL
$133
Eagle 24
view EFL
$133
SMART Energy 36
view EFL
$133
Clear Deal 12
view EFL
$134
You Got This 36
view EFL
$134
Texas Fixed 36
view EFL
$135
Free Energy 12
view EFL
$135
Green Eagle 36
view EFL
$136
Solar Value 12
view EFL
$136
24 Month Fixed
view EFL
$136
Free Energy Nights 36
view EFL
$136
Free Energy Weekends 36
view EFL
$136
Champ Saver-24
view EFL
$137
Easy Bill 12
view EFL
$137
Choice 15
view EFL
$138
Texas Fixed 24
view EFL
$138
You Got This After Hours 12
view EFL
$138
Price Protect 24
view EFL
$138
You Got This 24
view EFL
$138
Solar Saver 12
view EFL
$139
Gexa Straight Saver 12
view EFL
$139
Value Plus 12
view EFL
$139
Green Eagle 12
view EFL
$139
Green Eagle 24
view EFL
$139
Green Energy-24
view EFL
$140
Spark Green Secure 24
view EFL
$140
Live Brighter 36
view EFL
$140
Gexa Saver Advantage 12
view EFL
$140
Spark Green Secure 12
view EFL
$140
12 Month Fixed
view EFL
$140
SMART Energy 24
view EFL
$141
SMART Energy Green Eagle 36
view EFL
$141
You Got This 12
view EFL
$141
Conservation 12 plan
view EFL
$141
Power of Credit 12
view EFL
$141
Texas Saver 12
view EFL
$141
Saver 24
view EFL
$142
Prepare and Protect 12
view EFL
$142
Value Saver 12
view EFL
$142
Free Energy Nights 24
view EFL
$142
Free Energy Weekends 24
view EFL
$142
Easy Saver 12
view EFL
$142
Gexa Saver Deluxe 12
view EFL
$142
Power of Credit 24
view EFL
$142
Texas Saver 24
view EFL
$142
Gexa Energy Saver 36
view EFL
$143
Texas Fixed 12
view EFL
$143
SMART Energy 12
view EFL
$143
Champ Saver-12
view EFL
$143
Live Brighter 12
view EFL
$144
Power of Credit 36
view EFL
$145
Texas Saver 36
view EFL
$145
Free Energy Nights 12
view EFL
$145
Free Energy Weekends 12
view EFL
$145
Eagle 6
view EFL
$145
SMART Energy Green Eagle 12
view EFL
$145
SMART Energy Green Eagle 24
view EFL
$145
Live Brighter 24
view EFL
$146
Smart Saver 15
view EFL
$146
Clear Deal 24
view EFL
$146
12 Month Usage Bill Credit
view EFL
$147
12 Month Usage Bill Credit + PowerPlug
view EFL
$147
Wise Buy 24
view EFL
$148
Maxx Saver 12
view EFL
$148
12 Month (No Min Usage Fee)
view EFL
$148
Best Value 12
view EFL
$148
Gexa Saver 12
view EFL
$148
Gexa Energy Saver 24
view EFL
$149
Helpful Saver 24
view EFL
$149
Green Eagle 6
view EFL
$150
12 Month GREEN (No Min Usage Fee)
view EFL
$153
Smart Value 12 Online
view EFL
$155
TrueClassic 12
view EFL
$155
You Got This Free Weekends 12
view EFL
$156
Free Power Weekends 12
view EFL
$157
Simple Rate 12
view EFL
$159
Twelve Hour Power 12
view EFL
$159
Smart Lock Online 24
view EFL
$160
Flex Forward
view EFL
$160
Free 3 Day Weekends 12
view EFL
$164
Stay Cozy 12
view EFL
$165
TrueClassic 6
view EFL
$169
Gexa Superb Saver 12
view EFL
$170
Frontier Max 12
view EFL
$171
Simple Power 12
view EFL
$175
Gexa Saver Value 12
view EFL
$178
Truly Free Nights 12
view EFL
$179
Truly Free Weekends 12
view EFL
$179
Season Pass 12
view EFL
$180
Gexa Saver Premium 12
view EFL
$180
Free Nights & Solar Days 12
view EFL
$182
Free Mornings & Nights 12
view EFL
$187
Beat the Heat 12
view EFL
$200
Power of One 12
view EFL
$209
Power of One 24
view EFL
$211
Power of One 36
view EFL
$213