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Choosing a Deregulated Energy Plan in Texas with SaveOnEnergy

Since 2002, more than 5.6 million Texans have exercised their power to choose with a deregulated energy plan. 51socket.com, the largest online energy marketplace in the country, helps Texans in Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth and more cities to shop for competitive energy rates from the nation’s top retail electric providers (REPs).

With variable- and fixed-rate plans, prepaid plans and green energy options, 51socket.com is sure to have a plan that fits your budget and energy needs. We prepared this guide to choosing an energy provider in Texas to help you find a great electricity rate and understand the deregulated energy landscape.

Not sure which plan is right for you? Call the number above to speak to one of our energy experts!

Ready to shop for rates in your area? Enter your Zip code above to get started!

Looking for help to learn about choosing the best plan for you? Read on for more information!

Energy landscape players – Utilities & Suppliers

Texas utility companies are also known as Transmission and Delivery Service Providers (TDSPs) or Transmission & Distribution Utilities (TDUs). Your area’s utility company is responsible for:

  • Delivering and maintaining your home/business’s power
  • Responding to and restoring power outages
  • Monitoring and reading electricity meters
  • Maintaining area street lights and power lines

TDU or TDSP fees can be found on your plan’s Electricity Facts Label (EFL) and on your electricity bill – these charges are determined by your local utility and are independent of your supplier rate.

Texas energy suppliers are often referred to as retail energy providers (REPs). These companies buy wholesale energy and sell it to electricity customers in deregulated energy areas across Texas. If you live in one of the deregulated cities listed at the bottom of this page, you must purchase an energy plan from a retail energy provider.

When you shop for an electricity plan in the 51socket.com marketplace, suppliers compete for your business by offering low electricity rates and customer incentives, such as rewards programs, green energy sourcing or discounted home services. (If you’re not sure which provider to choose, use this list to compare your options or call the number at the top of the page to speak to one of our 51socket.com experts today.)

Types of Energy Rates in Texas

Different electric plans offer different benefits depending what type of energy consumer you are. Energy rates in Texas vary among REPs, but some options to look forward to as far as supply rate types include:

Supply Rate Description
Fixed Fixed-rate supply plans offer consumers a secured rate per kilowatt-hour (kWh) throughout a contract period.
Variable Variable-rate supply plans do not offer a secured rate, which means price per kWh may vary each month.
Indexed Indexed-rate supply plans are similar to variable-rate plans, except an indexed plan is tied to the price of a public commodity.
Prepaid Prepaid supply plans do not require a credit check and allow consumers to pay for energy in advance.
Green Green, or renewable, supply plans allow consumers to offset up to 100 percent of their household or business’ carbon emissions from the building's electricity consumption.

Shopping for electricity rate savings

We’ll show you today’s top rates from trusted providers in Texas – all we need is your ZIP code to get started!

  1. Shop low rates. We work with trusted retail electricity providers to ensure that our customers get the best quality product and service. Our online marketplace can easily be customized to show rates and plans that fit your needs.
  2. Sign up easily. If you’re not sure which plan to choose or you’d like to go over a plan’s details, call to speak to one of our energy experts. If you’re confident in your choice, you can sign up online. Either way, the process is quick and easy.
  3. Start saving. Texas residents can switch to a new deregulated electricity plan in as little as 5 days from sign-up. So, all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your retail energy choice!
  4. Save more by being energy smart. Smart energy tactics can help to significantly reduce your electricity bill. Installing LED bulbs, smart power strips and dimmer switches will help your wallet and the environment! You can also use a home energy audit to find more ways to save.

Ready to shop rates in your area? Enter your ZIP code above to get started.

Understanding energy usage, setup and billing

A few things to remember

  • Don’t forget to read your plan’s Electricity Facts Label before signing up. It contains important information including:
    • Price per kilowatt-hour based on usage
    • % renewable energy sourcing
    • Early termination fees
  • Enjoy hassle-free supplier setup. Once your order has been confirmed, your new supplier will set up service with your utility, or transmission and distribution service provider (TDSP) – but don’t worry, there shouldn’t be any interruption to your power during the switch.
  • Understanding your electricity bill. Your local TDSP will still deliver your electricity and maintain electric infrastructure including meters and power lines. Your utility fees can be found as TDU or TDSP charges on your monthly bill. They are independent of your supplier rate.

Electric rates in Texas

Do you want to know what to expect to pay for your energy? We have been tracking energy rates in Texas over time and across different geographies and utilities. Take a look!

Current Electricity Rates in Texas

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Express Energy - Freeway 12 12 months $0.084 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Eco Plus 12 12 months $0.088 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Straight Power 36 CN 36 months $0.088 / kWh
4Change Energy - Budget Saver 12 12 months $0.089 / kWh
Constellation Energy - 12 Month Flat Tier Product 12 months $0.091 / kWh
Discount Power - Wise Buy Complete 12 12 months $0.104 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Green Eagle 36 36 months $0.113 / kWh
Just Energy TX - Simple Rate 36 months $0.113 / kWh
Cirro Energy - Smart Lock 18 18 months $0.115 / kWh
TXU Energy - Smart Deal 12 12 months $0.115 / kWh
Reliant - Secure Advantage 18 18 months $0.125 / kWh
Payless Power - SmarTricity Premier 12 - Prepaid Plan 12 months $0.125 / kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 36 Preferred 36 months $0.139 / kWh
Amigo Energy - Intelli Saver 24 24 months $0.151 / kWh
Tara Energy - Secure Energy Plan 24 24 months $0.151 / kWh

CenterPoint Energy, Oncor, and AEP Texas serve as the TDSPs, the utilities that deliver electricity and maintain infrastructure, for designated areas in Texas. Please see below for detailed rates specific to each TDSP. Rates may be higher than listed depending on location.

Please note: All rates above are accurate as of 11/5/2019, 2:03:41 PM CT for ZIP Code 77077. Rates may have changed since this date/time. For the most up to date rates in your area, please enter your zip code above.

CenterPoint Energy Electricity Rates for Houston and Surrounding Areas

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Express Energy - Freeway 12 12 months $0.084 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Eco Plus 12 12 months $0.088 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Straight Power 36 CN 36 months $0.088 / kWh
4Change Energy - Budget Saver 12 12 months $0.089 / kWh
Constellation Energy - 12 Month Flat Tier Product 12 months $0.091 / kWh
Discount Power - Wise Buy Complete 12 12 months $0.104 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Green Eagle 36 36 months $0.113 / kWh
Just Energy TX - Simple Rate 36 months $0.113 / kWh
Cirro Energy - Smart Lock 18 18 months $0.115 / kWh
TXU Energy - Smart Deal 12 12 months $0.115 / kWh
Reliant - Secure Advantage 18 18 months $0.125 / kWh
Payless Power - SmarTricity Premier 12 - Prepaid Plan 12 months $0.125 / kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 36 Preferred 36 months $0.139 / kWh
Amigo Energy - Intelli Saver 24 24 months $0.151 / kWh
Tara Energy - Secure Energy Plan 24 24 months $0.151 / kWh

CenterPoint Energy serves as the TDSP, the utility that delivers electricity and maintains lines and other equipment, for Houston, Cypress, Pasadena and more.

Please note: All rates above are accurate as of 11/5/2019, 2:03:41 PM CT for ZIP Code 77077. Rates may have changed since this date/time. For the most up to date rates in your area, please enter your zip code above.

Oncor Electricity Rates for Dallas and Surrounding Areas

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Express Energy - Freeway 12 12 months $0.079 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Eco Plus 12 12 months $0.082 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Straight Power 36 ON 36 months $0.083 / kWh
4Change Energy - Budget Saver 12 12 months $0.083 / kWh
Constellation Energy - 12 Month Flat Tier Product 12 months $0.089 / kWh
Discount Power - Wise Buy Complete 12 12 months $0.094 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Green Eagle 36 36 months $0.103 / kWh
Just Energy TX - Simple Rate 36 months $0.103 / kWh
TXU Energy - Smart Deal 12 12 months $0.105 / kWh
Cirro Energy - Smart Lock 18 18 months $0.109 / kWh
Reliant - Secure Advantage 18 18 months $0.115 / kWh
Payless Power - SmarTricity Premier 12 - Prepaid Plan 12 months $0.12 / kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 36 Preferred 36 months $0.132 / kWh
Amigo Energy - Intelli Saver 24 24 months $0.142 / kWh
Tara Energy - Secure Energy Plan 24 24 months $0.142 / kWh

Oncor serves as the TDSP for Dallas, Fort-Worth, Plano, Paris and more.

Please note: All rates above are accurate as of 11/5/2019, 2:03:41 PM CT for ZIP Code 76036. Rates may have changed since this date/time. For the most up to date rates in your area, please enter your zip code above.

AEP Electric Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Express Energy - Freeway 12 12 months $0.088 / kWh
4Change Energy - Budget Saver 12 12 months $0.089 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Eco Plus 12 12 months $0.094 / kWh
Constellation Energy - 36 Month Bill Usage Credit 36 months $0.109 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Light Saver 24+ 24 months $0.113 / kWh
TXU Energy - Smart Deal 12 12 months $0.115 / kWh
Cirro Energy - Smart Value 12 Online 12 months $0.117 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Green Eagle 36 36 months $0.117 / kWh
Payless Power - SmarTricity Premier 12 - Prepaid Plan 12 months $0.125 / kWh
Just Energy TX - Simple Rate 36 months $0.125 / kWh
Reliant - Secure Advantage 18 18 months $0.127 / kWh
Discount Power - Discount Power Wise Buy 12 12 months $0.128 / kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 36 Preferred 36 months $0.144 / kWh
Amigo Energy - Intelli Saver 24 24 months $0.157 / kWh
Tara Energy - Secure Energy Plan 24 24 months $0.157 / kWh

Please note: All rates above are accurate as of 11/5/2019, 2:03:41 PM CT for ZIP Code 78415. Rates may have changed since this date/time. For the most up to date rates in your area, please enter your zip code above.

Average retail electric rates in Texas

Many factors affect the rise and fall of electric rates across Texas, including seasonal changes. This chart shows the average retail Texas electric rates through July 2019. Plan to buy at an off-peak time and you might be able to lock-in a lower rate.

average texas electric rates graph

 

 

Renewable energy in Texas and going green

Texas currently produces and consumes more electricity than any other state in the country. This energy consumption is due to its size, but the ample land makes it a major producer of wind power – a renewable, or green, energy source. The environmentally friendly energy created by wind power is available to many Texas residents to supply the electricity in their home or business.

Green energy plans can also include energy produced by comparatively clean natural gas. Consumers can select the percentage of renewable energy they want to receive as part of their energy plan – up to 100 percent.

Renewables accounted for over 15% of electricity generation in Texas in 2017. Many of 51socket.com’s partner providers incorporate renewables as a part of their energy generation. Check out each plan’s EFL to learn more about the renewable content that goes into different plans and how they stack up against statewide averages.

History of energy deregulation in Texas

The Texas Senate Bill 7, passed in 2002, gave 5.6 million Texans the power to choose a retail electric provider (REP) to supply electricity to their home or business. This bill facilitated a competitive energy marketplace that 85 percent of Texans can capitalize on today. Energy choice is available to residents in Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as other cities across Texas.

Various providers in Texas offer competitive rates for different types of consumers, so be sure to check out the electricity plans that 51socket.com offers by entering your zip below.

Experiencing a power outage?

Utility companies, or TDSPs, are responsible for transmission and delivery of electricity even in energy deregulated parts of Texas and should be contacted in the event of a power outage. Your retail energy supplier may provide you competitive electric rates or exceptional customer service, but it cannot repair power lines or restore your service. In case of an outage or other emergency, contact:

TDSP/TDU CenterPoint Energy Oncor* AEP North AEP Central TNMP
Contact Info Click here to report a power outage OR Call 1-800-332-7143 Click here to report a power outage OR Call 1-888-313-4747 OR Email contactcenter@oncor.com Click here to report a power outage OR Call 1-877-373-4858 Click here to report a power outage OR Call 1-877-373-4858 Call 1-888-866-7456 to report a power outage
Service Area

(*Former Sharyland Utilities customers should contact Oncor)

Tips & tricks to save on your electricity bills?

Visit the 51socket.com Learning Center for helpful tips and tricks to save on electricity year-round.

Topics include energy saving tactics, seasonal strategies to reduce energy usage, eco-friendly home design ideas, energy news and interesting energy related trends and data from across the country.

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