How do I sign up for electricity?

March 18, 2021   By Caitlin Cosper

How do I sign up for electricity?

Whether you’re moving to a new home or searching for a different energy plan, signing up for electricity can seem like a daunting task. SaveOnEnergy® is here to answer your most common questions about the electricity market.

In a deregulated market such as Texas, signing up for a new energy plan means navigating through several providers, rates, and options including green energy and no-deposit plans.

Thankfully, setting up electricity isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Here’s what you should know about how to sign up for electricity.

How do I set up electricity for my home?

The first step is to choose an electricity plan to meet your energy needs. Here are a few important factors to keep in mind:

  • The energy provider
  • The plan’s rate type
  • The plan’s rate structure
  • The length of your contract
  • Plan features, such as green energy or free nights and weekends

For more information on the ins and outs of plan details, see our guide to picking a plan.

Each plan will offer a different combination of the factors listed above. So, how can you sort through all of the available options? The SaveOnEnergy® marketplace can help make this step simple and easy.

How do I shop for an energy plan?

For starters, the SaveOnEnergy marketplace is available at no cost to you. We don’t charge our customers to use our services. Instead, we work with top providers in your area, who pay us for referring customers. So, feel free to explore and compare options for free. You won’t need to pay anything until you enroll in a plan.

To begin using the SaveOnEnergy marketplace, just enter your ZIP code here. You’ll be shown accurate rates and plans available in your area. You can filter and sort for specific providers, rate types, contract lengths, and features such as green energy and free usage periods.

When you’ve found the right plan for your household, click “Check Availability.” From there, the marketplace will walk you through the enrollment process in minutes. And if you have questions along the way, you can call the number on your screen to speak with one of our energy wizards. They will answer any questions you have and can also complete your enrollment over the phone.

Do I have to pay a deposit to set up electricity?

Possibly. But keep in mind that credit checks are a normal part of shopping for an energy plan. Many consumers are required to pay a deposit before service will begin.

SaveOnEnergy runs a universal soft credit check for our customers. There are two things to keep in mind about this. A soft credit check does not affect your credit score. And our “universal” credit check means we will run your credit for every plan on our marketplace, so you only have to do it once.

If you have a less than a stellar credit score or don’t want to pay a deposit, there are no-deposit and prepaid options that might provide a solution. Prepaid energy plans are also known as pay-as-you-go plans. If you enroll in a prepaid no-deposit plan, SaveOnEnergy will not run a credit check.

And if you have a high credit score, you may be exempt from paying a deposit entirely. This depends on each provider’s credit threshold. Providers set their own thresholds, so SaveOnEnergy will tell you if you will be required to pay a deposit and help find an option without a deposit if you want.

How long does it take for electricity to be connected?

After you have enrolled in a new plan, your provider will handle setting up your service. How quickly your electricity begins is up to you, based on two scenarios.

How do you set up electricity in a new house?

If you are moving to a new home, you can choose which day you would like your electricity to begin. This way, you can ensure your lights are on before move-in day. Also, it’s worth remembering that most homes in Texas have a smart meter, so you won’t need to schedule a technician visit to begin service. Your new provider can set up your electricity remotely.

How do you switch to a new energy plan?

If you are switching to a new provider or plan, you won’t need to cancel your current service. Instead, after you finish enrolling in the new plan, your current provider will communicate with your new provider to transition your electricity over without any gaps in service.

Interested in exploring available electricity rates in your area? Enter your ZIP code here to check current rates, plans, and providers near you.

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Caitlin Cosper is a writer within the energy and power industry. Born in Georgia, she attended the University of Georgia before earning her master’s in English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.