Don’t Get Bitten This Winter By Your Variable Electric Rate

Variable electric rates are not all bad but there are problems with them that if not understood can leave you like many others, very confused when your rate goes up.

As the name implies a variable price does not guarantee by any means that your price will always stay the same or go down but never up.

The variable price is just as likely to go up as it is to go down.

Most electric companies in Texas will give you an introductory rate when getting you to switch to their variable price. The rate looks exceptionally low compared to locking in at a much higher fixed contract for 12 months.

Many people simply see that cheap variable intro rate and sign up. Once your rate goes up and you realize it has gone up it is usually too late to switch away before you get a sticker shock electric bill in the mail.

It is possible that 45 days of electric usage could have accumulated during the time your price was jacked up. Since you get billed every 30 days you will likely disconnect a week or so after that.

You will get billed at the higher rate for over a month before you can switch away and this may have caused you to spend $200 or more than you were planning on.

If your price follows an index like natural gas you can rest confidently when your rate is high because you know you will be rewarded when commodity prices come down.

The problem is that most providers do not make it very clear how their variable price works and so you really have no assurance of anything.

To save you all this headache try a fixed rate like what I usually go with. I sign up for 12 months on a fixed plan and have no worries for a year. At the end of the year I get a reminder email to shop prices and I simply renew with who I consider to be the best provider for another year.

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.

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Are you Looking for a Way to Avoid a Deposit?

Precisely every single provider will ask you for a deposit unless they are a prepaid provider. Why is this the case? The reason is simply because you are buying a commodity from a company that has bought that commodity as a large block purchase, they have than hedged their investment the same as a farmer would do to protect the profit in that purchase. They than create an electricity plan in hopes that several thousand customers will buy the plan in order for them to execute this all in a way that based on volume they make a profit.

Your Texas power purchase will not make a provider a profit if they take on a large percentage of untrustworthy customers that will default on their electricity bill and leave them with excess energy they could not sell at a profit. When bad customers default not only do they leave the provider with energy they needed to get rid of they also are out whatever money the customer did not pay them.

Because providers only make money if they sell their block of energy to at least 3,000 or more customers this takes a lot of planning to get this right and a part of this is that they have a very low percentage of customers who default. By necessity these Texas power providers must check your credit and if you fall under a risk threshold that statistically shows you have a high probability of defaulting well then they ask you for a deposit.

On top of checking your credit and asking for a deposit, providers don’t advertise what that credit score risk threshold number is or how much the deposit will be ahead of time. They need to keep this information secret to get a high number of sign ups because the more sign ups they get the higher number of customers they will get.

Since all providers that aren’t prepaid providers check your credit it makes no sense for a provider to tell you upfront if you fall in this category will most likely reject you by asking you for a deposit of said amount. This will cause most customers to move on to the next provider who is less clear about this but then asks you for the same thing. Eventually you get tired of the continuous game that is more of the same and you settle and pay a deposit with a provider after calling or checking online with a few.

The point I am trying to make is that with any traditional provider you have a big positive in that they offer some good standard long-term fixed rates such as a rate that remains the same for 1 year and is reasonably priced. Don’t feel dejected when they check your credit, find out your credit score is poor and go on to ask you for a deposit. They are simply protecting their large investment in energy and you just don’t meet the statistical odds of paying on time every time.

Don’t feel cheated but understand that in America there are usually a host of options and in this particular case it would be to avoid the deposit altogether by looking at Texas power choices that are known as prepaid electricity rates. These prepaid providers allow you to pay in advance to guarantee the provider always get paid and the positive trade-off for you is that you always have your lights on and no deposit is required.

Our comparison widget can show you some of these prepaid choices if you discover that a post-paid option doesn’t fit your situation because they all want you to pay a deposit.

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