Why Should You Use an Energy Consultant to Find Your Electric Rate?

Using an energy consultant has always made sense to me simply because the plans advertised by these providers combined with the resulting confusion and horror stories by others left me feeling like most providers were going to screw me over.

When you feel like the rate plans and providers are all out to get you an energy consultant is a breath of fresh air as they can often shed some light on questions you have about a provider or rate term.

When I first decided on an electric company when I moved out of my college dorm and into an apartment I called up my friend who was an energy consultant and asked who was a good provider.

My friend knew who was good at the time for a commercial business but when it came to residential he didn’t have a good idea.

He finally mentioned that he thought Gexa Energy was probably okay. Now why would an energy consultant have not a clue who was the best residential electric company?

The reason my friend could not give me a thorough and educated answer on which provider was the best residential electric company had a lot to do with how these rates work.

He new a lot about commercial rates because he could effect the prices and provide a service that actually made things cheaper for the customer. With residential he was hands off as there are predefined cut and dry plans and no options available for consultants to personally negotiate lower prices for their customers. There simply was no efficient reason why he would be in the residential side of things as he would have to sign up several hundred of these small accounts to make a living.

Many of the residential rates at the time were 6 months fixed or shorter and then changed over to a month to month variable plan. You couldn’t get a consultant to come in a work out the most optimal terms of service, etc. because this type of service is not available.

What you need when shopping residential is a guide of preexisting plans and an explanation on what rate and term makes sense based on what your expectations are.

The tricky part residential rates like this is that unless you were willing to sift through the terms of service in the agreement and truly take time to understand what the variable rate could do you really were in the dark about the price and what the price could soon become.

Even if you were to look at 10 different glossy ads showing a different electric company along with their rates and each one was a different price the situation was confusing. Simply finding the cheapest price didn’t always give you the best end result.

In the situation with this many choices the cheapest one almost looked too good to be true and the longer term rates seemed too high or had high monthly service fees attached to them.

You would assume that after the 1st month the price would go up quite a bit on the rates that expire after the first month. The slightly more expensive rates seemed to have longer fixed terms but then some might have a $5 – $10 monthly fee on top of it.

When my friend suggested Gexa it was not the best rate and it wasn’t the worst rate but I had slightly more confidence that when the rate expired I might be dealing with a professional company that would send me a letter letting me know of the expiration.

Sure enough I got a reminder letter and I was able to go back online and renew into a new fixed rate contract and keep my price low.

These days energy consultants are still around but even now they are not well versed on residential rates and plans and exactly who is the best. Energy consultants focus on working with commercial and industrial customers because they actually assist in creating a custom terms of service in the agreement and getting the price down based on specific requirements that business they are working with has.

Retail electric companies are accustomed to working with energy consultants because a large volume of retail sales comes through the channel of energy consultants and energy brokers.

If an energy consultant has enough customers they work with each year they have a lot of leverage in working the price down when providers bid on a new commercial account.

These consultants create proposals that show these rates and the terms they are for and present it to the customer in a way that educates them about each choice and which one will make the most sense to that business.

With residential accounts some energy consulting companies like Electricitybid.com have streamlined the process of offering our advice on residential electric companies by having an online tool for comparison.

We do not present all residential electricity companies in existence in our chart because there are many bad ones out there.

We do have a comparison chart that offers several good choices and a variety of long and short terms electric rate terms.

The companies in our comparison tool are real good in getting back with you regarding when your rate expires and making sure you get locked back in to a new low rate.

Check out our comparison chart at the top right if you’re a residential customer or choose commercial if you’re a business and click on “compare” and fill out a short form.

Residential customers can sign up immediately online and commercial customers can work directly with an energy consultant to assist you through the process.

Reasons When Your Electric Service Cannot be Disconnected in Corpus Christi, Texas

corpus christi tx electricity ratesIt is important to remember your rights when faced with a possible electric service disconnection. Corpus Christi, Texas electric providers have guidelines regulating when they can and cannot interrupt your electric service. Knowing these rules can help you prevent an unfounded disconnection of your service.



Your electric cannot be shut off during the following situations:


  • An outstanding bill by the previous occupant of your home, as long as that person does not live in your household
  • Not paying charges that are not a part of your electric bill
  • Not paying disputed charges
  • An energy assistance program has notified your Corpus Christi that they will be paying your bill.
  • Extreme weather emergency
  • Medical need of a serious nature, as long as you have provided a doctor’s note
  • Not paying under-billed charges that took place for longer than six months

Knowing when your electric provider cannot disconnect your service may prove useful during times of hardship. It is also important that you remember that other providers are available. If you simply use our comparison chart, you can compare the rates of Corpus Christi area providers. Since the electric rates vary from provider to provider, you might find rates that are much lower than the rates your current provider offers.

Our comparison chart makes it easy to see, at a glance, the different providers and their rates. Instead of paying too much for your electric service, use our chart to ensure that you always get the best rate. It is free to compare rates and you could end up saving more money than you think.

Call an energy consultant to learn more about your electric choices in Corpus Christi Texas at 1-800-971-4020

“Slamming” in Arlington, Texas: What You Should Do

Arlington TX Electric RatesIf you have never been “slammed” then consider yourself lucky. “Slamming” is when your Arlington electric service provider is changed without your permission. While this may not be something that worries you, it actually happens more often than you might think. As a consumer, you do have rights pertaining to “slamming”.

The first thing you should do if you think your electric provider was switched is request a copy of your authorization for the switch. By law, the provider will have five days to provide you with the verification. Even then, you can still file a complaint with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. If it is discovered that the switch was made without your authorization, the provider must then do whatever it takes to switch your service back to your original provider.

Since Arlington, Texas has various electric service providers to choose from, even if you have not been “slammed” you can still change providers. Using our handy comparison chart, you can compare the rates of area providers. Should you decide to switch providers and then regret your decision, you have three business days to switch back without fees or penalties.

Comparing electricity rates and plans is easy to do with our comparison chart. Just input your Arlington, Texas zip code and see for yourself. Electric service providers have varying rates, giving you the option to change providers to a lower rate. Since you have three business days to switch back, it is really a no-risk process. In only a few clicks, you just might find lower rates and better service that you never knew was available!

Please call 1-800-971-4020 to speak to a knowledgeable energy consultant.

McKinney, Texas Electricity Service Comparison

Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for over half of your total monthly electric bill?  That could be why so very many of the energy saving tips out there focus on this area.  One such tip is to regularly inspect your ducts to make sure they are not damaged or torn.  Really…do you want to pay to heat and cool the area under your house?  No.

Reducing your energy consumption is a win-win situation.  You save money every month and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.  But there is another way to keep that bill down and it is through ElectricRates.  We research all electricity service providers in the McKinney, Texas area to find out what rates each is charging.

Use our online comparison tool for a free pass to this information.  You can choose a company that is charging less per kilowatt hour than you are paying now and order service with them online through ElectricityBid.  No funny games either!  We average in any additional surcharges and fees and show them to you in the final calculated rate so you pay what they said you would pay.

Call our 800 number above today to speak to an energy consultant.  We don’t want you paying too much for electricity in McKinney, Texas any more than you do.  Our energy consultants are always happy to assist you in lowering your monthly power bill and will be happy to address any questions or concerns you have.  Why wait?  The savings are so close!

Killeen Texas Electricity Companies

Compare Residential Electricity Rates in Killeen Texas by Using the Comparison Chart Below

For those living in or around Killeen Texas and are looking for an affordable electricity company we recommend checking out our electricity comparison chart. If you need a commercial electricity company in Killeen then please click on our contact link to feel out a short rate quote form. A commercial energy consultant for the Killeen Texas area can call or email you back with rate quotes from multiple Killeen Texas electricity providers.

Our Killeen TX residential electricity company comparison chart can be found simply by clicking on the comparison link in the menu bar above. We have all electricity rates, fees and charges disclosed so you know exactly what the electricity rate, monthly service fees, and TDSP charges you will be billed for by your electric provider will be.

If you would like to speak with a Killeen Texas energy consultant you may call us at 1-800-971-4020. One of our energy consultants can go over different questions and issues related to electricity prices. One of the most common confusions about electric rates has to do with transmission and distribution service provider charges. Commercial electric rates do not initially have the TDSP charges bundled into the electric rate. This unbundled rate is not to be deceptive as all commercial electric providers do not initially bundle the rate until they know your estimated or historical electricity usage.

Once the Killeen Texas electricity provider has your estimated usage they can quote you a total bundled rate. Most commercial electricity providers do not mark up the TDSP charges although it is not considered against PUCT regulations to mark them up so it is important to watch out for this practice.

Residential electricity rates are different in that most Killeen TX electricity providers will “fix” the TDSP charges and bundle them to the “energy only” charge giving you a total bundled rate. Due to a new PUCT and ERCOT rule all providers in deregulated Texas areas must pass through an additional smart meter or advanced meter fee. This fee is about $3 – $4 more per month on all Texas energy consumer bills regardless if their TDSP company has installed the new smart meter device yet. There may also be a monthly service fee some Killeen TX electric companies will charge that is generally about $4.95 – $9.95 that is disclosed next to the rate. Some Texas electricity providers make the monthly service fee hiddeen from view so be sure to check the “facts label” if you are unsure if there is one. Our residential electricity rates include all fees and charges and any monthly service fees are clearly listed next to the rate.

Some electric companies in Killeen will never charge a monthly service fee unless the energy customer uses under 500 kWh a month in electric usage. Since not very many customers use less than 500 kWh a month it isn’t a concern for many however if you have a small apartment and are single you might want to find a provider in Killeen that does not have a monthly service fee regardless of the amount of electricity usage used.

Electricity Bid helps you find an electric rate and provider to save you money and keep life simple.

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