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Sometimes you just need electricity right away without the hassle of deposit payments or contracts. These plans are for you!

Plans With No Deposit Required

12 Month plans are very popular and provide a steady fixed rate without forcing you into a really long term relationship.

Cheapest 12 Month Fixed Rate Plans

These plans are great for homeowners who want to lock in a great rate and not have to worry about switching next year.

Cheapest 24 Month Fixed Rate Plans

Who doesn't like FREE! Crank that A/C all night or all weekend long - the choice is yours!

Plans with Free Nights and/or Weekends

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100% Green Energy Plans

All current Texas rates:

Plan Name
Company
/
Rating
Length
Price
Est Avg Bill
Good Value
12 months
9.2¢ / kwh
at 1,000 kWh per bill
$112 est. avg. bill
Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • No Minimum Usage Charge!
  • Great Rates for Any Size Home!
  • Bill Credits at 1k and 2k usage!
  • Bill Credit Plan
    12 months
    5.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $133 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    Good for Medium Homes
    12 months
    5.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $116 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Very low rate!
  • Good for medium homes
  • 12 months of bill security
  • 12 months
    7.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $132 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 100% Texas Renewable Energy
  • $90 Bill Credit at 1k KWH
  • No Monthly Service Charge
  • 12 months
    6.7¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $120 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    Support Charities
    12 months
    8.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $103 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Low Average Bill
  • Donates to Charity
  • Good for Medium Homes
  • 12 months
    8.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $128 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    8.1¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $131 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Good for medium-sized homes
  • Rate Includes $85 in bill credits
  • NEW ENROLLMENTS ONLY!
  • 36 months
    10.7¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $113 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    36 months
    10.7¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $113 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    8.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $164 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Enjoy a low fixed rate and stay cool this summer!
  • 12 months
    7.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $111 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    7.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $101 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    7.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $125 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Best for medium size homes
  • No fees to switch to Gexa
  • NEW ENROLLMENTS ONLY!
  • 12 months
    7.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $174 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Best for medium size homes
  • NEW ENROLLMENTS ONLY!
  • 24 months
    10.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $107 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Easy to understand pricing
  • No surprises on your bill
  • 6 months
    11.0¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $110 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    11.1¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $111 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 100% Solar Energy
  • Reduce your Carbon footprint
  • No Bill Surprises
  • 36 months
    10.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $109 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Simple, straightforward pricing
  • Price Protection for 3 years
  • 18 Month Plan
    18 months
    6.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $121 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 100% Texas Renewable Energy
  • $90 Bill Credit at 1k KWH
  • No Monthly Service Charge
  • 9 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $112 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 100% solar without the premium
  • No hidden fees
  • Best-in-class customer care
  • 36 months
    11.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $115 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    18 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $112 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 100% Solar Energy
  • Reduce your Carbon footprint
  • No Bill Surprises
  • 60 months
    11.3¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $113 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    15 months
    11.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $114 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 100% Texas Renewable Energy
  • Easy, Steady Rate
  • No Monthly Service Charge
  • 12 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $112 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    9.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $123 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    10.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $129 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 24 month fixed rate plan
  • No base charge, no minimum usage fees
  • 36 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $112 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Simple, straightforward pricing
  • Price Protection for 3 years
  • 12 months
    11.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $118 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    6 months
    10.0¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $100 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    36 months
    11.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $116 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 100% renewable
  • Includes FREE Energy Savings Kit!
  • Super low gree rate
  • 36 months
    11.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $116 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Free Ecobee3 thermostat
  • Monthly Usage ScoreCard
  • 3 Year Price Protection
  • 6 months
    10.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $102 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    6.7¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $123 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Great Plan for Medium Homes
  • $95 Bill Credit at 1k usage
  • 1 year of bill security
  • 24 months
    10.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $124 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    10.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $124 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    15 months
    10.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $108 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    11.0¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $110 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 24 Month Fixed Rate
  • Simple, straightforward pricing
  • A 'People's Choice' favorite

  • Month-to-Month
    Pre-Paid Plan
    12.7¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    N/A check the EFL
  • Prepaid - No Deposit EVER
  • 12 months
    10.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $121 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $119 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $112 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 6 time winner - J.D. Power Award
  • Simple, straightforward pricing
  • No Base Charge or Bill Credit gimmicks
  • 24 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $112 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Enjoy price security for 2 full years!
  • No minimum usage charges
  • 6 months
    10.0¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $100 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    10.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $139 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Great for medium and large homes
  • Bill Credits at 1k and 2k usage!
  • 60 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $118 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    60 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $118 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 5 Year Fixed Rate
  • Steady Rate - No Surprises
  • Maximum Price Protection
  • 24 months
    11.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $115 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 100% Renewable Energy
  • Enjoy price security for 2 full years!
  • 12 months
    11.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $114 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    11.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $118 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    Popular Provider
    12 months
    8.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $106 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Low rate!
  • Well known brand.
  • 24 months
    13.7¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $137 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    10.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $109 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    9.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $96 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    6 months
    7.1¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $106 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    9 months
    8.1¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $101 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Low Rate for 9 Months
  • Good price regardless of usage
  • 5 Star Provider
  • 24 months
    11.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $118 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    11.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $119 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    10.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $110 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $112 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • No Monthly Charge
  • No Usage Restrictions
  • 12 months
    10.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $111 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    36 months
    7.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $128 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    18 months
    10.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $109 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    18 months
    10.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $105 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • No Rate Gimmicks
  • Good for any size home
  • 36 months
    12.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $124 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    12.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $122 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    10.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $126 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    10.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $126 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    11.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $114 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    11.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $114 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    11.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $132 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    36 months
    11.0¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $110 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    18 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $112 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $112 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Consistent Fixed Rate
  • Lock in for 2 years
  • No Monthly Base Charge!
  • 36 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $112 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    36 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $112 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    Super Rate
    18 months
    6.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $122 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    36 months
    12.0¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $120 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    36 months
    14.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $144 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    18 months
    10.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $109 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Super low rate!
  • Great for Medium & Big Homes
  • 15 months
    12.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $127 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    11.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $112 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    11.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $126 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month

    Month-to-Month
    Pre-Paid Plan
    15.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    N/A check the EFL
    12 months
    11.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $114 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    11.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $114 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month

    Month-to-Month
    Pre-Paid Plan
    13.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    N/A check the EFL

    Month-to-Month
    13.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $136 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    10.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $109 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    11.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $116 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 100% clean, renewable energy
  • Requires Tree Free billing and Auto Pay
  • 12 months
    11.3¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $136 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Bill Credits cut your bill in summer months
  • Enjoy smaller bills in summer
  • 12 Month Price Protection
  • 24 months
    12.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $133 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • ** AutoPay discount included **
  • ** AutoPay discount: 0.5 ยข/kwh **
  • 6 months
    13.7¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $137 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    12.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $122 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    13.0¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $132 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY!
  • 12 months
    11.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $119 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    13.0¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $130 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    12.1¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $121 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    12.1¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $121 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    12.3¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $123 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Get rewards with Plenti

  • Month-to-Month
    Pre-Paid Plan
    12.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    N/A check the EFL
    12 months
    11.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $116 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    12.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $126 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    14.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $148 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    12.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $219 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    13.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $136 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    12.8¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $137 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    15.3¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $143 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month

    Month-to-Month
    16.3¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $163 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • 100% clean, renewable energy
  • Requires Tree Free billing and Auto Pay
  • 12 months
    13.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $135 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    14.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $142 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    36 months
    12.1¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $121 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    11.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $114 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Your rate won't vary if you use more or less
  • No hidden charges or gimmicks
  • Low deposit requirements
  • 12 months
    13.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $136 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    14.0¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $150 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    12.9¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $176 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    24 months
    15.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $152 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    15.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $155 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
  • Solar Days: 5:00 a.m. through 7:59 p.m. each day
  • 12 months
    15.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    N/A check the EFL
    12 months
    12.2¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $122 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    15.7¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $134 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    12.3¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $123 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    12.4¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $124 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    13.6¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    $136 est. avg. bill
    Based on a yearly usage curve averaging 0 kWh per month
    12 months
    Pre-Paid Plan
    14.5¢ / kwh
    at 1,000 kWh per bill
    N/A check the EFL

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    Who are Houston energy companies?

    Even though you pay one bill each month for your Houston electricity, there are actually two companies that come together to power your home. One manages the utility infrastructure, and the other buys electricity that they then sell to you.

    TDSP's - Transmission and Distribution Utilities

    CenterPoint Energy is the transmission and distribution service provider (TDSP) for Houston and the surrounding area. Like TDSPs in other parts of Texas, CenterPoint maintains the transmission lines, power poles, electricity meters, and other infrastructure that keeps electricity flowing from power plants to customers. Their responsibilities include sending out technicians when a storm causes power to go out.

    You may not realize it, but you pay for TDSP services on your monthly electricity bill. CenterPoint Energy charges appear on your bill as a small charge for each kilowatt hour of electricity you use and a small base charge each month.

    Here is a current example of the CenterPoint residential tariff includes the following charges:

    Centerpoint Residental Tarriff Includes:

    Centerpoint Energy Charge Rate
    Transmission system charge $0.008439 per kWh
    Distribution system charge $0.016489 per kWh
    Customer charge $1.62 per retail customer per month
    Metering charge $3.85 per retail customer per month

    The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) regulates charges assessed by TDSPs.

    Retail electricity providers

    While CenterPoint Energy maintains the Houston area electricity infrastructure, dozens of retail electricity providers compete for your business. Retailers purchase wholesale electricity from power generators and sell it to residential and business customers. When you're a Texan living in the state's deregulated electricity market, you have the power to choose your electricity company.

    Retail electricity providers offer plans to suit the various power consumption needs of customers. Each plan has pros and cons. Additionally, each one is perfect for some customers and dead wrong for others. The plan and the customer must fit each other.

    Low rate energy companies

    When it comes to competing for a share of the Texas electricity market, retail electricity providers compete on price. Houston electricity customers want to know who has the best price and how long they can lock in that price. Customer service, renewable options, mobile apps, and online tools are other points of comparison between companies; however, price is often the deciding factor for customers.

    Because price is tantamount, the retail electricity advertising you see around Houston reflect this fact. Advertisements often contains offers of free nighttime electricity, free weekend electricity, rebates when you switch, and rewards when you convince your friends to switch. They want you to believe you'll get the best deal possible when you sign up with their plan.

    Based on price alone (at 1000k usage) here are is a list of electricity plans available in Houston:

    Company & Plan Term Rate
    Frontier Utilities - Best Value 12 12 5.8¢
    Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Deluxe 12 12 5.8¢
    Pulse Power - Texas Saver 18 18 6.6¢
    4Change Energy - Maxx Saver 12 12 6.7¢
    Pulse Power - Texas Saver 12 12 6.7¢
    Chariot Energy - GridEdge 18 18 6.8¢
    Spark Energy - Sure Saver 6 6 7.1¢
    Spark Energy - Sure Saver 12 12 7.2¢
    Pulse Power - Texas Saver 36 36 7.2¢
    4Change Energy - Free Energy 12 12 7.5¢
    Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Supreme 12 7.5¢
    Frontier Utilities - Easy Bill 12 12 7.8¢
    Chariot Energy - GridEdge 12 12 7.9¢
    Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver 12 12 7.9¢
    Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Supreme 24 24 8.1¢
    Constellation - 9 Month Usage Bill Credit 9 8.1¢
    Tara Energy - Base Saver III - 12 12 8.4¢
    4Change Energy - Easy Saver 12 12 8.5¢
    Cirro Energy - Smart Value 12 Online 12 8.8¢
    Frontier Utilities - Beat the Heat 12 12 8.9¢

    Picking the best electricity company in Houston

    As discussed at the beginning, selecting the right electricity company is all about knowing your usage and finding the plan that best aligns with it. When you know your normal electricity consumption you can shop for plans that give you the best price.

    The best way to figure out your normal usage is to look at your past electricity bills, either from last year or those from the past two months. If you're like most Houstonians, your electricity bill spikes in the hot summer months and bottoms out in the fall and spring. Take note of these extremes, and calculate your average kilowatt hours used per billing cycle.

    Once you have these numbers, compare them to what you would pay on several electricity plans you're considering. Use a plan's electricity facts label (EFL) and terms of service to see exactly how each plan works. If you're looking at a plan offering a huge bill credit once you consume 2,000 kWh in a billing cycle but your usage never tops 1,500 kWh, that plan isn't the right one for you. On the flip side, a consumer whose usage is consistently above 2,000 kWh should strongly consider this plan.

    Again, it all comes down to the fit between the customer and the plan. Generally speaking, there aren't bad plans, just ones that aren't right for you.

    Pricing structures for Houston electricity

    Paying for Houston electricity isn't a one-size-fits-all situation. You have choices in how you're billed for electricity. The most common method is fixed pricing. With fixed prices, you pay a certain price for the duration of the plan's contract term. Base charges, tiered rates, bill credits, and other incentives can impact your bill; however, you know up front what you would pay at any usage.

    When comparing fixed rate electricity plans, pay attention to early termination fees. These can sting when you want to switch electricity plans. Early termination fees encourage customers to remain committed to their electricity plans for the duration of the contract period. If you switch providers before your contract has expired, an early termination fee may apply.

    Variable rate plans and prepaid plans have pricing structures that follow the wholesale electricity market. When your retail provider's cost for electricity goes up, so does your cost. The same happens when the wholesale price decreases. Like with fixed rate plans, variable rate plan customers pay for energy after they use it. Prepaid plan customers buy electricity up front and then use what they've purchased. Since variable rate plans and prepaid plans are month-to-month agreements, they do not have early termination fees.

    Houston energy direct to you

    Shopping for Houston energy plans is straightforward at Texas Electricity Ratings. You can select from dozens of plans available for Houston electricity customers. Information is at your fingertips with pricing information clearly displayed and applied to a wide range of usages. Dig into the details of each plan by reading EFLs and terms of service to make sure the plan gives you exactly what you want.

    How to switch electricity companies in Houston

    Texas laws and regulations make switching electricity companies in Houston easy. Once you've found the plan that best matches your needs, you can sign up for that plan right from Texas Electricity Ratings. To get started shopping, just input your zipcode in the box below and press "Shop for Rates."

    After you agree to your new plan, your new electricity company tells your old company about the choice you've made. The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) also sends you a notice confirming your switch. Your old company sends you a final bill to settle your account. After paying that bill, your obligation to the old company is done. Future bills will come from your new electricity company.

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