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The Power to Choose

Written by Caitlin Ritchie/

Edited by Hannah Hillson

Last updated 06/01/2022

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Energy deregulation means the power to choose

The Texas energy market became deregulated in 2002, giving most residents and business owners the power to choose their electricity provider. In many areas of Texas, there are dozens of electricity providers offering a variety of energy plans and rates.

SaveOnEnergy makes finding the best Texas energy provider and plan easier. We operate the largest independent energy marketplace in the state. On our marketplace, we only feature plans from trusted retail electric providers (REPs), including TXU Energy, Reliant Energy, Constellation Energy, and more.

More than a million Texans have used the SaveOnEnergy marketplace to find affordable and reliable energy plans for their homes and businesses. To learn more, enter your ZIP code on this page or call the number on your screen to speak with one of our energy experts.

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

What is is the official website of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). The PUCT regulates the Texas energy market. 

On, customers can find electricity companies operating in their area and check the plans that they offer. While this gives residents and businesses plenty of options, it doesn’t factor in the reputation of the provider or customer complaints. 

That’s where SaveOnEnergy is different. Our unaffiliated marketplace offers years of experience, expert guidance, and the ability to filter for what matters most to you. You can also use our site to easily compare options from different providers. Once you’ve found the best electricity plan for your home or business, we can walk you through a simple, straightforward sign-up process in minutes.

Power to choose Texas

The power to choose Texas electricity providers began in 2002 and created a more competitive energy market. Before deregulation, the utility company was the only option for receiving electricity. There was no competition between companies, giving the utility no reason to offer lower rates.

Now, consumers have their pick of available providers, which manage and sell electricity and to consumers. The utility company still plays a role in the energy market — utilities are in charge of transmitting and delivering electricity to consumers. The utility is also responsible for maintaining and repairing electrical infrastructure, so consumers should contact their utility in the event of a power outage.

Cities across Texas are part of the deregulated energy system, including Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Here are some of the Texas cities where residents have the power to choose.

ArlingtonCorpus ChristiDallasFort Worth
PlanoRound RockWacoWichita Falls

Power to choose Houston

Houston is the largest city in Texas with the power to choose and is home to a number of top energy companies. Hot weather in the summer and temperatures that plunged far below freezing in February 2021 mean residents should find an energy plan that works for all seasons.

The utility in Houston is CenterPoint Energy. No matter which energy provider you select, the utility will deliver electricity to their homes or businesses and restore power if there is ever an outage.

Power to choose Dallas

More than 1.3 million residents share the power to choose in Dallas. This can be especially important in the summer when temperatures often approach 100 degrees. What’s more, Dallas winters occasionally fall below freezing in the winter.

SaveOnEnergy gives Dallas residents the power to choose by showing electricity plans and prices in the area. Consumers can compare available energy options and filter for low rates, contract term length, rate types, green energy options, and much more on the SaveOnEnergy marketplace.

Power to choose Fort Worth

Fort Worth is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and offers residents the power to choose their energy provider from a variety of available options. As part of the Texas deregulated energy market, several major energy companies offer their services in the Fort Worth area.

This gives residents and businesses the freedom to compare their energy options and choose the best electric plan in Fort Worth. Whether it’s a green energy plan, a low electric rate, or reliable fixed rates, SaveOnEnergy makes it simple to find the right electricity plan in Fort Worth.

Why choose SaveOnEnergy?

All electricity companies are not created equal. While cheap electricity rates can be enticing, it’s also important to factor in reliable service and well-rounded plans. Deregulation means consumers have the power to choose, but it also means that there are many energy companies that do not offer top-tier service. And the cheapest electric rate may not lead to low electricity bills if the plan is not right for your energy needs.

How do you know you are signing up for the right energy plan with a trusted provider? Here’s how SaveOnEnergy steps in to help:

  • Reliable service. We are selective in which providers we feature on our marketplace. Shoppers know they are comparing options from trusted providers. Our research, guides, and resources are here to help you avoid any surprises down the road and feel confident in your energy choices. Questions? Give us a call today. One of our energy experts can help walk you through the energy-buying process.
  • No hidden fees. Surprises are fun, but not when it comes to your energy rates. The rates you find on our marketplace are all-inclusive. When you enter your ZIP code, you’ll find electricity rates that include utility costs and PUCT fees, so you can feel confident that what you find is what you will get. 
  • Options for everyone. We aim to offer energy plans and prices that work for all kinds of homes and businesses. An energy plan’s rate will vary depending on how much energy you use. With our marketplace, you can select your home’s energy usage in kilowatt-hours (kWh) and we will show you a plan’s exact rate for that usage level. What’s more, you can also filter by provider, green energy options, or no-deposit plans. We have something to suit every lifestyle, energy usage level, and budget. 


How to shop with SaveOnEnergy

Our independent marketplace is available 24/7 and does not cost anything for you to use. Here’s how it works:

  • Enter your ZIP code. We’ll show you plans available in your area from the best Texas electricity providers.
  • Find your plan. Filter by the size of your home, your energy usage, providers, contract length, and much more to find the best plan for your needs. If you want some extra guidance or would like to walk through your options with a human, give us a call and we’ll be happy to explain the choices.
  • Exercise your power to choose. Once you’re ready, sign up online or over the phone — either way will only take a few minutes. After that, you’re all set. You don’t need to cancel your current plan and your new REP will handle the switch for your without interrupting your service.

Power to choose FAQs

  • The SaveOnEnergy marketplace makes it easy to find affordable energy plans in your area. Enter your ZIP code above to find cheap Texas electricity rates. Next, SaveOnEnergy will show you current energy prices and plans near you. From there, you can compare plans and select the best one for your home or business.

  • The Texas energy market became deregulated in 2002, giving most Texas residents the power to choose their electricity provider and plan. It can feel confusing or overwhelming to sort through all of the available providers and plans. That’s why SaveOnEnergy offers an independent, unaffiliated marketplace to easily shop and compare energy options near you at no cost.

  • is the official website of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). This site shows customers electric providers in their area but does not offer information about providers’ reputations or customer complaints. With SaveOnEnergy, we offer this information and empower the customer to select a provider with confidence. SaveOnEnergy also makes it easier to compare multiple plans at once and provides a wealth of expertly-written guides and resources to make your energy buying experience simple and stress-free.

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