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Energy deregulation means the power to choose

Since deregulation of the Texas energy market in 2002, most Lone Star State residents have held the power to choose an electricity supplier. Utility companies no longer hold a monopoly on electricity supply, so consumers can shop for the best electricity rates and plans.

Yet many still say it can be confusing to choose an electricity provider.

SaveOnEnergy.com is here to help. We operate the largest private energy marketplace in the state. More than a million Texans have found residential and business energy plans from trusted retail electric providers (REPs), including TXU Energy, Reliant Energy, Constellation Energy, and more.

About 85 percent of Texans enjoy the power to choose electricity providers, and that’s something worth having. Energy wizards at SaveOnEnergy.com can help customers who have questions! Give us a call or enter a ZIP code to get started.

SaveOnEnergy.com is not affiliated with Power To Choose, powertochoose.org or the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT).

What is PowertoChoose.org?

PowertoChoose.org is the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) official website. The commission regulates the energy market, including customers with the power to choose, in Texas.

On PowertoChoose.org, customers can see all electric providers available in their area and the plans they offer. While this gives residents and businesses plenty of options, it also exposes consumers to providers with little regard to reputation or customer complaints. Plus, having too many choices makes a selection difficult. Eventually, consumers need to narrow the field to providers in whom they have confidence.

That’s where SaveOnEnergy® comes in. We make Texas power to choose work for customers.

Power to choose Texas

Power to choose Texas electricity providers came about when the state deregulated the energy market in 2002. Before then, consumers signed up for electricity service with the local utility. That’s it. There was no competition and no reason to lower rates because there was no power to choose. T and a few other states have changed all that.

Now consumers pick a provider, which supplies energy to the utility. Utilities deliver the power to homes and businesses, and they also maintain and repair the electricity infrastructure.

Cities across the state, including Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth, are part of Texas’ deregulated energy system. The following are some Texas cities where residents enjoy the power to choose:

Arlington Corpus Christi Dallas Fort Worth
Houston Irving Katy Midland
Plano Round Rock Waco Wichita Falls

Power to choose Houston

As mentioned above, residents of the largest city in Texas have the power to change. Houston also is home to a number of prominent electricity providers. Hot weather in the summer and temperatures that plunged way below freezing in February 2021 mean that residents should exercise power choice to find a plan that accommodates both extremes.

The utility for Houston is CenterPoint Energy. No matter which providers Houston customers select, the utility will deliver the power to their homes or businesses. The Houston power to choose doesn’t extend to utilities.

Power to choose Dallas

More than 1.3 million residents share the power to choose in Dallas. It’s a good thing. Temperatures approach (and sometimes exceed) 100 degrees in summer, and they can fall to below freezing occasionally during winter. But power choice allows residents to find rates that can work for all situations.

SaveOnEnergy.com gives a boost to Dallas power to choose by showing residents plans available in the area. Consumers can find a great plan regardless of whether they’re looking for low prices, fixed rates, different terms lengths, or green content for homes and businesses in Dallas. Power to choose makes it all possible.

Power to choose Fort Worth

Fort Worth is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., and the folks who move there will discover that they have the power to choose. Fort Worth is part of the deregulated Texas energy market.

That means residents and businesses have power choice – the ability to choose the retail energy provider of their choosing. They can go green, find low prices, select fixed rates, or any combination of those and other factors.

Why choose SaveOnEnergy.com?

Deregulation means consumers have the power to choose, but it also means that anyone can get on the market. All electric companies are not created equal. While Texas residents want cheap electricity rates, they also want reliable service. For that, they need a retail electric provider with a reputation that holds up to scrutiny.

The SaveOnEnergy difference means:

  • Reliable service. We pay attention to who we work with, so shoppers can be sure they’re buying from a trusted provider. We want to avoid surprises and make sure consumers remain comfortable with their choices. Questions? Give us a call and one of our energy experts can guide the process.
  • No hidden fees. SaveOnEnergy partners with top providers to show today’s cheapest rates – at no cost for shoppers. The rates we show include utility costs and PUCT fees, so consumers know what they’re seeing is what they’ll get.
  • Options for everyone. In our marketplace, shoppers can filter for what’s important to them. Whether they’re looking for cheap electricity, green power, or no deposit plans, we have something to suit every lifestyle and budget.

How to shop with SaveOnEnergy

Exercising the power to choose with our 24/7 online marketplace couldn’t be easier. Here’s how it works:

  1. Enter the area’s ZIP code. We’ll show plans available there from top electric providers.
  2. Make a choice. Filter by size of home, energy preferences, or provider to find a plan that’s right. Consumers who aren’t sure can give us a call and our energy experts will explain the choices.
  3. Feel powerful. Sign up online or over the phone and enjoy a new electricity plan in as little as one day. No need for customers to cancel with the current provider – the new REP will seamlessly handle the switch.

Updated: 4/2/2021

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