January 7, 2009 admin

January 2009 Houston Residential Electric Rate Comparison

Click Here and Compare January 2008 Houston Residential Rates

Houston residential electric rates have steadily come down this month and when comparing to the summer of 2008 they are several cents cheaper. This last summer we had one of the worst electricity rate spikes in the history of Texas. Because residential electricity rates in Texas have come down so much since this summer we recommend signing up for atleast 1 year. A 1 year fixed electric rate insures that your Houston electricity rate is locked in for the duration of the term.

Houston Electric Service More Expensive then Dallas Rates

In Houston rates are a little higher then they are in the Dallas Texas area and other deregulated electric service cities in the state. Houston’s congestion and line loss issues on their poles and wires contributes to a higher electric rate in comparison to other cities regardless of the electric provider in Houston you go with.

TDSP, Pole and Wires Charges, and Comparing Electricity Rates

When comparing residential electricity rates in Houston do not be confused when looking at commercial energy prices. Commercial energy prices usually just show the “energy only” portion of the rate. When you look at a rate comparison chart showing several commercial energy providers the rates will look much better then they do when looking through residential electric service rates. The reason for the difference in price is that the Texas residential electric rate is an all in rate that includes the pole and wires charges and the “energy only” charges. The commercial rate isn’t any cheaper it just doesn’t have the pole charges included.

Are Commercial Electric Rates Intentionally Deceptive?

Commercial energy providers in Houston are not trying to be deceptive when the rate that is quoted does not have the pole and wires charges included in the energy rate. The reason for this difference is because the electricity provider does not know what the pole and wires charges will be immediately for a Texas business. A Texas chemical plant may pay a penny on top of the “energy rate” while a Curves fitness studio may pay 9 cents kWh for their pole charges. The pole charges are not known until an accurate estimate is completed based on several specs of the facility or the historical electricity usage is pulled from the electric utility in Houston.

All-In Energy Prices

The below Houston residential electric prices include the pole charges and energy only charges. These electric rates are all in rates that include all charges. You may browse through and pick the company, term and electric rate that meets your specific residential electric service needs.

Compare Houston Residential Electric Rates Below

January 2008 Update

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admin Donny started ElectricityBid.com back in 2007 from his parents basement and has since married his wife Melody and had three sons, John Adam (7) and Noah (4) and our new 20 month old son. He enjoys tech related things, softball, kickboxing, going to the gym, excursions and activities together with his wife Melody. Our service allows you to shop and compare commercial and residential electric rates and providers. Would you take the time today to try our service and see how you like it. Thank you! and God Bless You!

Comments (3)

  1. Sandra Caruso

    I have been a loyal customer of Reliant Energy for three years now, and I am extremely alarmed at the rising cost of electricity. My home(new) is EnergyStar efficient and only three people reside here, all being out most of the day. After Hurricane Ike, my air conditioner has been turned on a total of six (6) times (only at night) and at 78 degrees. We are from South Florida and are used to heat and humidity, so therefore unnecessary. Heating is gas.My husband and I are both seniors, retired and on a strict income. My husband is on oxygen and a CPAP machine for sleeping and respirtory purposes, but even those items do not merit receiving a bill between 320 and over 400 dollars a month.It has come down to either pay the electric bill or buy medications and food. Extremely sad!! Is there no company which provides better and cheaper service in the Houston area? Please let me know. I am really considering moving out of state to be able to have electrical service without sacrificing my husband’s and my own health. I know that we are not the only people in Houston having this problem, but no one has made a comment or offered a viable solution.

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for writing such an interesting article. It’s really good to know about the real estate and home decoration and renovation in detail. You might not think of it often but the fact is that at some point in time every home is going to need the services of an electrician. The electric power that runs our homes with such convenience is a necessary part of our everyday lives. Some homeowners are quite handy at taking care of the small projects such as replacing an old ceiling light fixture or rewiring a wall receptacle. But for the most part, any projects that involve electricity is best lest to a professional Houston electrician.
    Finding an electrician should be easy. But finding an electrician that’s right for your job may require some extra work. If an electrician has a state license you can probably assume that he has some capabilities in the field. When talking with Houston electrician, ask to see a copy of his license. Call the local state contractors licensing board to verify any electrician’s license. You also need proof of liability and workers comp insurance and check that the policies are current.

    Thanks,

  3. Hi,
    Thanks for writing such an interesting article. It’s really good to know about the real estate and home decoration and renovation in detail. You might not think of it often but the fact is that at some point in time every home is going to need the services of an electrician. The electric power that runs our homes with such convenience is a necessary part of our everyday lives. Some homeowners are quite handy at taking care of the small projects such as replacing an old ceiling light fixture or rewiring a wall receptacle. But for the most part, any projects that involve electricity is best lest to a professional Houston electrician.
    Finding an electrician should be easy. But finding an electrician that’s right for your job may require some extra work. If an electrician has a state license you can probably assume that he has some capabilities in the field. When talking with Houston electrician, ask to see a copy of his license. Call the local state contractors licensing board to verify any electrician’s license. You also need proof of liability and workers comp insurance and check that the policies are current.
    Thanks,

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