How to Switch Texas Electricity Companies

How to switch your electric company

Switching electricity Companies in Texas is a pretty straight forward process. For over 15 years, Texans have had electricity choice since 1999, and Texas now stands as the most successfully deregulated state, where over 90% of eligible customers have chosen an electricity provider.

The process is as simple as 1-2-3.

  1. Enter your zip code in the box below
  2. Review the rates availble in your area and choose a plan that suits your lifestyle
  3. Swich your provider online in just minutes using our secure checkout - Just click 'Sign Up Now' next to the rate you want!

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If I Switch my Electricity Provider in Dallas, what are rates like right now?

<>You can switch to these providers in Dallas right now

Company Term Rate
4Change Energy 12/months 11.5¢/kWh
Chariot Energy 36/months 11.6¢/kWh
Gexa Energy 12/months 11.6¢/kWh
Rhythm 6/months 14.1¢/kWh
Constellation 12/months 14.4¢/kWh
Rates as of Jul 20, 2024 at 01:41 PM

If I Switch my Electricity Provider in Houston, what are rates like right now?

You can switch to these providers in Houston right now

Company Term Rate
4Change Energy 12/months 11.2¢/kWh
Gexa Energy 12/months 11.3¢/kWh
Chariot Energy 36/months 11.6¢/kWh
Constellation 12/months 13.5¢/kWh
Veteran Energy 24/months 14.2¢/kWh
Rates as of Jul 20, 2024 at 01:41 PM

How Long Does it Take to Switch Texas Electricity Companies?

Generally it takes 7-10 days from your last meter read to switch from one electricity provider to another. Additionally, there are "Forward Switches" That allow you to switch dates in the future for your switch. Simply select a date in future on the order form when you wish your service to switch.

  • Typical Switch - 7-10 Days
  • Forward Switch - Up to 6 months into the future

Do all cities have energy choice in Texas?

Most Texans can choose their electricity provider, EXCEPT in these cities:
  • Austin
  • San Antonio
  • El Paso
  • Beaumont
  • Lubbock
  • The Woodlands

These areas had municipal or co-op electrical service prior to deregulation, and they were grandfathered in to stay regulated. If you live in one of those cities, there isn't anything we can do until the Texas legislature changes the laws to bring electricity choice to ALL Texans!


What should I consider when changing electric providers?

Retail Electricity Competition has generated dozens of options for energy shoppers. You can buy based on price, term, green energy content, customer ratings, rewards or dozens of other options.

Additionally some energy companies provide free Nest thermostats, Energy Efficiency Audits, warranties and other products as incentives to help you manage your energy. Deregulation has driven significant innovation amongst providers, and TexasElectricityRatings.com provides the premier comparison experience to help you make an informed decision.


How long are the terms or contracts for utility service?

Gone are the days of multi-year contracts like those of the cell phone industry. You have your choice of contract length, from month to month to 3 years.

Key considerations are: Your length of stay. For example you may be a renter on a 6 month lease. College students may only need energy for 9 months of the year. A home owner may want to lock in a two year contract, while a senior on a fixed budget may wish to lock in longer.


What is a 'Switch Hold'?

Sometimes, Texas electricity providers will place a 'Switch Hold' on an account. This is typically done when the customer has some kind of late or large unpaid balance on their account. This means that until the past-due balance is resolved with the provider, a customer cannot switch away to avoid paying their bill

You may be able to negotiate with your provider to get a switch-hold removed from your account.


Will I be charged a deposit?

Most Texas electricity providers require a credit check in order for you to obtain service. A social security number is required. Most often they will use a TEC score.

The TEC (Telecommunications, Energy, and Cable) Score is based on a risk model developed specifically for telecomm and energy accounts. The TEC Score is a specific model provided by Experian. Not all Electricity Providers use Experian as their credit scoring provider.

Transunion uses a "Vantage Score" and Equifax uses an "Exchange Risk Score". If you don't want to have your credit run, you can check out our Prepay electric plans


If I am charged a deposit, how much will it be?

Based on your score, your electricity service deposit may range from $100 to $400. Texas has specific consumer protections and requirements set by the PUC, however companies have fairly broad latitude to determine an appropriate deposit.


Will I get my deposit back?

Yes, Texas law requires the provider to return your deposit (with interest!) at the end of your contract, or at the end of 12 months, as long as you have paid your bill on time. If you owe money at the end of your contract, they can deduct that from your deposit.


Will they waive my deposit?

Deposit waivers are available under Texas law.

There are typically allowances made for the following customers

  • those over 65
  • the disabled
  • victims of family violence
In order to quailify, you will have to present evidence to the retailer you have placed your order with in order to have them waive the deposit. Some providers will also split the deposit over the first two bills.


What if I have no credit?

The largest issue in credit scoring is the lack of historical data. Many times utilities do not provide payment histories to credit reporting agencies. So while you may have a 600+ FICO score - you may have a 400 Utility Score and have to pay a deposit.

Many Texas Electrify Companies provide alternative ways to show previous utility credit. Most often this will be a letter from you previous electricity provider stating that your account has been in good standing.


How do I get the best price:

The Cheapest Electricity Provider may not be the best. Often times customers seek out the lowest price electricity provider, only to find that they signed up for a month to month plan where their rate has escalated. Billing issues, deposits and lack of customer service tend to be the biggest issues with the lowest price providers. Additionally, some providers are using plans the require you to use a certain amount of energy to get a rate specific low rate. Should you go over the usage level - your entire bill is billed at a higher rate.

Enter your zip code in the box and click 'Get Startec' to see all the plans you are eliglbe for

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How much green energy is included in most plans?

It's strange that Texas, the home to big oil and gas, is the national leader in wind energy generation. Thanks to the Gulf of Mexico and the plains of West Texas, Wind routinely provides a significant amount of Texas grid power. You can help support Texas Green Energy when you choose a Green Energy Plan through TexasElectricityRatings.com.


How does Texas Electricity Ratings fit in?

We launched TexasElectricityRatings.com back in 2009 as a platform for customers to talk about their customer experience. So far, thousands have rated their Texas electricity provider, and in the years since, we have helped hundreds of thousands of Texans to pick the best provider for their needs.