Tips for Selecting a Texas Energy Provider

Independence Day Promo Electric Rate From Bounce EnergyEvery May, our contract with our Texas energy provider comes up for renewal, and we have the power to choose whether to stay with our current provider or switch. In looking for a new provider and/or plan we not only want a good rate, but we first have to decide if we want a contract and what kind, and if we want to use green energy, all the while paying close attention to possible promotions and rewards programs. Here is the process we usually go through.

In order to choose a provider, it is best to start with a plan. The two most common plans are variable rate and fixed rate. With a fixed rate plan you’ll pay the same rate for electricity throughout the term of your contract (which is typically 2 years). The price can change only to reproduce actual price changes that are allowed by Public Utility Commission rules due to changes in law or regulatory charges. This plan is great for people who have a household budget since the rate stays the same, which protects you from rising energy prices; however, if market prices fall you have to wait until your contract is over to switch to a lower rate. If you think you might want to discontinue service after a short period of time, look for a company that does not have contracts or offers short term contracts. Companies that have contract periods often have a minimum term and if you cancel your service before the contract period ends, you might have to pay a penalty.

Variable rate, or often referred to as “month-to-month”, plans have no minimum contract period and are based on current energy market conditions. With this kind of plan, the rate you pay can fluctuate depending on the changes in the electricity market. Which means you can benefit from lowering energy rates and could help you to save on your energy bill. However, just as this type of plan allows you to save money when market prices fall, it could also have a negative affect if market prices rise because so would your electricity rate. For some people, dealing with constant changing electricity rates can be stressful so a fixed rate works best for them. On the other hand, there are others who like being able to always get the best rate and don’t mind searching for it, making a variable rate plan their best option.

Next is to choose between a non-renewable (standard) and a renewable (green) plan. You can check a Texas energy provider’s Electricity Facts Label (EFL) to see if their plan produces electricity from renewable resources such as solar, hydroelectric, landfill gas, biomass, geothermal, or wind. EFLs allow you to easily compare what each company has to offer to find the best fit for your energy consumption and budget. Each label contains the following information:

  • Electricity Rate: This is made up of the electric company’s average price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for 500 kWh, 1000 kWh and 1500 kWh, as well as a possible monthly customer service charge and seasonal pricing. Rates can differ depending on the number of kilowatt-hours so it’s important to look at your past usage. With some companies the more kilowatt-hours you use, the lower the rate will be.
  • Contract Terms: Some companies have minimum terms and will charge you an early cancellation fee, while others may not require a contract.
  • Power Generation Sources: The electricity provider should list from what resources the electricity is produced (coal, natural gas, renewable energy, etc.) The percentages will be graphed to compare them to the average usage for electricity generation statewide.
  • Emissions: In this section companies provide details on the types and percentage of emissions they create per kWh of electricity generated. The energy provider’s percentages will be graphed to show if the emissions are better or worse than the Texas average. This might be an important section for you if you’re interested in decreasing your carbon footprint.

Once you’ve decided which plan works for you, then the next step is to compare Texas electricity companies. You can do this by going to ElectricityBid.com where you can compare prices and ratings. Just enter your zip code and then pick the kind of plan you want. You will be able to see different Texas energy providers and their company rating, different plans offered, cancellation fee, if electricity is produced from renewable or non-renewable resources and the terms and rate for each plan. These websites will also show you promotions and incentives offered by each company and if they have a rewards program.

Lastly, review and compare all the possible incentives and rewards programs offered. Some companies offer rewards programs to their customers such as cash back and gifts. For example, Bounce Energy is currently rewarding its customers for paying their bills on-time. Customers who pay their bill on-time for 6 consecutive months receive their choice of 2 movie tickets or a free companion airfare ticket and also gain access to Bounce Energy’s VIP Customer Service line. The longer you pay on time, the more you get in return. Power providers might also offer incentives or promotions for signing up with a new plan such as gift cards, airline miles, charitable donations, or better rates if you sign up online. For example, Bounce Energy’s Express Move plan. This short term fixed rate plan makes moving much easier by not only turning on your electricity, but Bounce Energy will submit your USPS Change of Address form, add your name to the Do Not Mail and Do Not Call lists, give you free identity protection service and give you either a $25 Walmart or Home Depot gift card. Bounce Energy’s Terrific 12 plan gives the customer their choice of $25 gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart, GAP Inc., Shell, or a $25 bill credit.

As you’ve probably seen, there are many Texas energy providers and plans to choose from but by doing some research you will be able to find one that is right for your electricity needs and budget.

Online Resources
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http://www.electricitytexas.com

TXU Energy Rates

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If you have been needing to compare and shop for a cheaper Texas electric provider but just have not had the time we would like to encourage you to do so.

Texas electric rates during the summer of 2010 and 2011 have been around 8 – 9 cents per kWh on average when looking at the cheapest providers. During the summer of 2008 a cheap rate would have been 16 cents a kWh. As of October 2011 you can sign up for a cheap electric rate in the Dallas area at around 8.3 cents a kWh for 12 months fixed. In Houston the rate is closer to 9.3 cents a kWh for a 1 year fixed rate. If your TXU Energy rates are becoming unbearably high then we recommend switching to a cheaper electric company. We only recommend that you come off of your TXU Energy rate if you are currently off contract with them. We never recommend that you break a current contract that has not expired yet. The historical utility area of TXU is the Dallas area but they now operate in Houston as well. If you live in a different area you may enter that cities zipcode and click on the button to bring up custom price comparisons for your location.

Going From TXU to Reliant Energy

If you have considered switching off of TXU Energy and onto a new electric provider that you have heard advertise on the radio than please read this. Reliant Energy rates are currently being advertised (back in May of 2009) on billboards and on radio saying that they are now lowering their electric rates by “up to %10”. Unfortunately this means that you would still have to pay Reliant Energy around 13 – 14 cents a kWh when there are several energy providers offering residential electric rates in the 9 – 10 cents per kWh range for a 1 year fixed rate (as of May 2009). Don’t be fooled by a clever marketing campaign. Reliant Energy radio ads have their coworkers on the ads explaining that they love being able to help people but in reality paying an inflated price for electricity service is not really a help in this current economy. There are several reputable electric companies in Texas that offer much cheaper electricity service than Reliant and TXU Energy rates. We have a comparison tool of electric companies that beat both Reliant Energy rates and TXU Electric rates that we would be happy for you to try for yourself and see if in fact there are savings.

Comparison Chart Shows All Fees and Charges in Energy Rate

We encourage you to browse through the 1 year, 2 year, and 3 year fixed electric rate terms and pick the rate and monthly term that suits you best. The chart tool above has all fees and charges disclosed so you know exactly what you are signing up for. We want you to have no surprises when signing up for electric service as some providers we do not have on the chart do not disclose all charges in their rate. We do not work with Texas electricity companies that hide certain fees and charges that most electric companies will disclose in plain English.

Other Energy Providers and Rates

Spark Energy

Amigo Energy

Champion Energy

Stream Energy

Spark Energy Rates Rise Higher

Spark Energy Changes Focus to Selling Natural Gas in the North East

Spark has changed their focus from Retail Texas Electricity sales  to Natural Gas sales in the North East United States. They have been a great company to work with, and have shown high ethical standards, low rates, and fair business practices but do not seem to be actively seeking customers in the Texas Electric market. Although we are unsure as to how long it will be before they realign their efforts and aggressively pursue gaining market share in Texas, We look forward to working with them in the future. Until they do, we recommend Champion Energy as a great company to work with and great rates for Commercial and Residential Customers.  Champion currently has the best 1 year fixed electric rate offer in Dallas, Houston, and most other areas in the state of Texas. You can learn more about Champion Energy’s residential electric rates by visiting this article: Click here to check Champion  information

Spark Energy has raised their electric rate quite a bit higher then several other electric providers in Texas and no longer offers the most competitive electric rates they once did. Because of this we would like to suggest for those looking at potentially signing up on a Spark residential electric rate to go with a more competitive provider. As of January 2008 Champion Energy has a much more competitive energy price in both the Houston and Dallas Texas area. These electric companies serve other cities in Texas but for the sake of comparison we will use these two cities.

Who Do You Recommend Instead of Spark Energy?

Because Spark Energy has raised their rates recently due to the market going up we have a provider that has been able to stay below their rates on the 12 month term. Champion Energy has a very good 12 month rate despite the energy market’s prices rising. I am not sure how long this rate will last but I would sign up while it is still in the 9 – 10 cents per kwh range. Champion and Spark compete with several other terms which are listed in the chart below if you need something other then the standard 12 month fixed rate monthly term.

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Champion Energy Dallas

– $4.95 monthly service charge

9.2 cents per kWh – locked in for 12 months

No 6 month offer available

Spark Dallas (not available, Try Champion at a cheaper price)

– no monthly service charge

12.4 cents per kWh – 12 months

12.4 cents per kWh – 6 months

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Spark Energy Houston (not available, try Champion at a cheaper rate

– no monthly service charge

12.8 – 12 months

12.8 – 6 months

Champion Energy Houston

- $4.95 monthly service charge

9.8 cents per kWh – locked in for 12 months

Not available – 6 months

Not available – 24 months

Not available – 36 months

Click here to learn more about Texas Electric Companies

If you live in Wichita Falls Texas, Dallas, Houston or surrounding areas and need Texas electric service feel free to give us a call. An energy consultant can provide updated rate information for commercial and residential customers. You can click on the button above to make a free call to Electricity Bid or call us at 1-800-971-4020

Champion Electric Company

Champion Energy

Champion Energy’s promotional code is built into the links below. Sign up with the cheapest electric provider below. Champion, Startex Power, Texas Power, and all the providers in the comparison chart are strong reputable electric providers without hidden fees and charges. These electricity companies have several fixed electricity prices and choices. Click on the “continue” link below to check rates in your area for your preferred electric provider. If you live outside Dallas or Houston or a different area you just need to enter your zip code for your area and click on the “compare” button. Once you click on the “compare” button a list of companies and rates will appear in the order of cheapest to most expensive. We explain all fees and charges so it will be clear what you are signing up for. Electricity prices based on your area will display and you can make a quick comparison from there.

Champion Energy offers a low cost residential electric rate in Houston Texas that is quite a bit lower then most of the other Retail Energy Providers out there. They have only one term to choose from at 12 months but for those wondering about signing up for a longer term it is like buying insurance in case energy rates were to go up. Rates are fairly low right now (As of the posting of this article on January 2007) so you can lock in for 12 months and forget about what rates will do until next year. The rate Champion is offering (as of Jan 2007, when this article was written) is at 11.1 cents a kWh with a $4.95 monthly service fee (champion electric rates may be higher or lower then this now depending on what the market has done since the posting of this). If you are like most households you can add in the $4.95 monthly fee and the rate is still at about 11.3 cents a kWh (as of Jan 2007) total which if you were to look around is one of the lowest 12 month terms I have been able to find out there. We have the current Champion Energy electric rate listed in the blue box above. Click on the box above to sign up with Champion.

Cheapest Electric Provider in Houston

Champion Energy is one of the cheapest electric provider in Houston for the 12 month term I have found. The only other provider that has been cheaper then Champion is with Startex Power. If you would like to sign up with them you can sign up here with this promotional code link. The promo coupon code is built into the link so you will not have to worry about entering it into the coupon code field.

Coupon Code With Champion Electric Company

The coupon code with Champion Energy has expired. You can sign up with Startex Power which is currently the cheapest electric provider.

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