Earth Day Tomorrow, Go Green at a Discount

Tomorrow is officially earth day and there are a few electric providers offering a green renewable energy option to residential home owners at a discount to encourage you to buy renewable energy. This is a great opportunity to sign up on a renewable electricity plan since green electricity service is generally more expensive then a non-renewable energy choice. This particular green electric plan below comes with a $50 home depot gift card. This is a promotional discount offer that is only cheaper during earth day which is April 1st. Be sure to check it out if you will be making your decision on an electricity plan on April 1st.

Learn More About the Renewable Green Residential Electricity Plan please use the compare tool at the top right of this page.

If you decide to “Green Up” your home using the Bounce Energy link above then be sure to do so on April 1st when this discount green plan goes into effect. This is a 100% renewable energy plan and is available in all deregulated areas in Texas. If you are more interested in just finding the cheapest electric rate then I recommend checking out our offers on the top left of this page. We keep the cheapest available electric rates for residential homes listed on the site and updated daily.

If you need a no deposit electric rate we recommend going to our no deposit electricity page and checking out our plans there. For people who have a bad credit score but need electric service turned on quick and need to avoid a deposit this is a great way to solve the headache of getting Texas electric service turned on in your name.

No Deposit Residential Texas Electric Company

There are Low and No Deposit Options Available in Texas

We recommend you use the compare tool at the top right to see what prepaid options are available in your area. Once you compare the providers you can order service online.

For energy customers who have bad credit or just no established credit you may have found yourself being asked for a very large deposit to have electric service in Texas turned on in your name. This has been an issue facing many Texas energy consumers for some time as most electric providers in Texas do not offer a flexible electricity service rate plan for those with bad credit or no established credit. When an energy consumer signs up for electric service with bad credit the deposit requirement asked for by an electricity company can be anywhere from $150 – $1500 depending on the electric provider and the credit score. To avoid this type of deposit issue you can choose an energy supplier that has a low or no deposit electric plan. The provider we recommend above all other low or no deposit electric companies is Bounce Energy. Bounce Electric Company once offered a Fresh Start Plan that allowed a low credit score energy service customer to sign up with them at a slightly higher rate than their normal low cost rate. You remained on this higher rate for 3 months and proved to Bounce Energy that you could pay your electric bill on time and they would proactively lower your electric rate to their normal cheap electricity rate plan. This allowed you to quickly sign up for electric service at a home or apartment without having to worry about how you will come up with up to $1500 to pay a deposit requirement. Most people do not have this kind of extra cash on hand, especially for a deposit you will not receive back until your contract ends. Unfortunately their guaranteed no deposit plan is no longer available although they still have alternative plans that may get your lights turned on with no deposit required or at a low deposit cheaper than most electricity providers require.

Who is Bounce Energy

Bounce Energy is a new electric provider in Texas that was started by a seasoned software director and overall customer experience project leader at a large online marketing and back office electric service customer tracking company. Because of the extensive knowledge this company has on how to sign up electric customers, capital requirements needed to continue signing up energy customers, the ability to bill accurately and timely, and the overall customer satisfication points to consider when working to keep and renew current electric service customers in Texas makes this new electric provider one of the best new energy companies to work with. We are confident that you will find their electric rate, flexible energy agreements and overall abilities to make your customer experience enjoyable that we want to recommend their Guaranteed No Deposit Electric Rate plan as the preferred No Deposit option for customers in a credit crunch.

 

Apartment Electricity in Texas

Is Your Credit Bad? Do You Need a No Deposit Electric Rate Plan?

For those who have tried signing up with a couple electric providers in Texas only to discover that they want you to pay an outrageous deposit for electric service at your apartment, you now have a better choice. Bounce Energy is a reputable electric provider in Texas offering a “Low Deposit Plan” that allows you to sign up for electric service with no deposit required based on credit. If you want a flat out “NO DEPOSIT” electric rate please use our compare tool at the top right of this page.

The electricity rates in our chart are some of the cheapest available. Considering you will be turning on your lights for little or no deposit down you can be even more confident about your electricity provider choice since you will have a competitive electricity rate as well. If you are in a bind these prepaid plans get you electric service quick without the need to come up with a fortune to pay a large deposit amount.

 

Moving Into A New Apartment

When moving into a new apartment you will likely be given a paper with the main utilities in your area. For Houston this may be Reliant Energy and for Dallas this could be TXU Energy. The problem arises sometimes when you call them thinking they are the only energy provider in that area and they ask for a $300 – $500 deposit. Your head starts to spin and fumes begin to come out of your ears. This is the time when someone needs to tell you to stop and pay attention because you don’t have to call TXU or Reliant to setup electricity at your apartment. There are over 40 retail electric providers in Texas and over 200 different electric rate plans to choose from.


What Electric Company Should I Call Then

If you want to avoid the deposit that makes since but you also want a low rate and good terms and conditions with the contract. If possible you want to have any type of customer service charge waived because this could be as much as $15 extra a month would eat up any type of energy savings you thought you were achieving. So get the customer service charge to zero and then look at the energy rate. The electric rate for a residence in September 2007 is about 11 cents kwh. That is about as low as it has gotten this month. It actually came down to 10.6 cents kwh for a couple days. As you can see electric rates in Texas are volatile but you can lock in on a fixed rate anywhere from 3 months all the way to 36 months with most energy providers. The 12 month rate is the recommended term to get on as it is low and will insure you a decent electricity rate as energy in Texas is expected to go higher for the long term.

The best way to find the right company is to start by using the tool in green at the top of this page.



Cirro Energy, Customer Confusion Over Variable Electric Rate

Power To Choose had Cirro Energy listed on their website with a Residential Electricity Rate for 12 months at 12.3 cents\kwh back in June of 2007. This tied with Spark Energy who also had a 12.3 cents per kwh energy rate. After looking closer I noticed that you can only qualify for the 12.3 cents\kwh rate with Cirro if you are using more then 500 kwh a month in electricity. Since then Cirro Energy was advertising only a variable 12 month rate on Power to Choose but would show it as a 12 month term. Mind you I had multiple people call me to complain about Cirro because they thought they had signed up for a 12 month fixed rate not noticing they were being locked into a rate that can change at will by Cirro Energy for any reason the energy company decides. I received enough of these calls to realize that most people who signed up with Cirro seemed to be under the impression that their electric rate was locked in for 12 months.

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Another bad aspect to the Cirro Energy residential electricity rate was the early termination penalty. Back in June of 2007 they would charge an electric customer 1 months average electricity bill if you were to cancel. This could be $200 – $500 for some residential customers who use a lot of energy. On a more positive note an apartment customer might only have to pay $50 – $75 to cancel since they do not use as much energy. Since June of 2007 Cirro’s early termination penalty is more in line with other electric providers. They now offer both a fixed rate and a variable electric rate.

In comparison to Cirro Energy, Startex Power has a competitive electric rate worth looking at. They have standard fixed rate terms without monthly service charges. Another electric rate plan that is good for those looking for a guaranteed no deposit plan is with Bounce Energy.  The electric rate is not dependent upon the amount of electricity used  unless you are using under 500 kWh a month. Most people do not use under that but if you do there is a $4.95 monthly fee.

Cirro Energy has announced as of August 2008 that they are being bought out by a large electric company named Dominion Retail with over 1.7 million residential and commercial electric service customers throughout the USA. My guess is that the churn rate of electric service customers has been increasing and electric companies like Cirro are looking to sell out. After reaching critical mass it actually does make sense to sell out. I wonder if this sell out is foreshadowing what is to come in the Texas retail electricity market?

Remember telecom long distance deregulation? AT&T, MCI, and Sprint. The market became pretty thin and volume ended up making or breaking these companies. Once the companies got too big and their customers started jumping ship to the next best provider they couldn’t justify the size of their companies infrastructure any longer. These companies began losing money and selling off and downsizing.

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