Here at SaveOnEnergy, we know that shopping for the right electricity plan can be anything but simple. Texas’ deregulated energy market has opened the floodgates of choice for Texas consumers, which means more options and more decisions to make.
Overwhelmingly, though, deregulation has been good for the Lone Star State, keeping electricity rates well below the national average. So how can you make the most of your power to choose? Here are our top tips for the best energy shopping experience possible.
This is the biggest piece of advice we give to our users – we say it so often you’ll be sick of hearing it! But we talk about it so much because it’s true. Electricity plans in Texas are not structured in straightforward ways. On top of that, electricity prices change multiple times a day.
Depending on your plan structure (including rate type, usage tiers, bill credits, and more) the cheapest sticker price today might add up to a high bill later. We’ll go over this in more detail below.
Since you won’t just be going for the cheapest electric rate, you’ll want to make sure you check the details of any plan you’re considering signing up for. The Electricity Facts Label (EFL) is your best friend for this. Here’s what to look for:
There are so many retail electric providers (REPs) on the Texas market, it’s hard to keep track of all of them. How do you know if they’re a good company? How do you know you’re getting what you pay for? It can be tempting to go straight for a provider whose name you know, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But at SaveOnEnergy, we recommend you consider all your options.
We vet all the providers we show in our marketplace so you can be sure they are trustworthy, even if you’ve never heard of them before. If you find a great plan in our marketplace from a lesser-known brand, try it out! You may end up liking it. If not, come back to SaveOnEnergy and we’ll help you switch.
With wildfires raging across the western U.S. and hurricanes flooding the south, it’s clear that climate change is upon us. This means that green energy is more important than ever. Thankfully, Texas is a renewable energy leader and providers offer plenty of opportunities to take advantage of wind and solar power.
On each energy plan’s EFL, there’s a section labeled “Renewable Content” that will tell you how much of the electricity comes from renewable sources. Some companies, such as Gexa Energy and Iberdrola, offer only 100 percent renewable plans. Others offer green energy add-ons to all or some of their plans. Either way, there’s a green option that will work for your needs.
The final tip to having a positive energy shopping experience is a simple one: keep your cool. With a marketplace like SaveOnEnergy, there’s no reason energy shopping has to be painful and we’ll do our best to make sure it’s not.
We work with top providers across the state to make sure you have a wide range of options, so there’s sure to be an electricity plan that works for you. See our resources to get informed before you shop and give us a call at any point if you have questions or want some guidance. We’re here to help at every step of the way. Enter your ZIP code above to get started.
Jenna Careri is a writer covering the environment and energy industry. She is a Massachusetts native and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and French.