Everything you need to know about shopping for an energy provider in Texas

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Shopping for an energy provider can be no easy feat, especially for first-timers. You shouldn't have to become an energy market expert to understand if you're picking a plan that's best for you and more so- one that won't break the bank.

We've compiled the most common FAQs and pulled together useful insights to help you confidently pick your next energy provider and plan.

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The two biggest things you'll want to pay attention to when shopping are:

  • Price per kilowatt hours (kWh): Your electricity usage is measured in kWh and this is what you will pay for.
  • Your usage: How much you use per month will determine what type of plan you choose and how much per kWh you'll pay.

The most common types of energy plans in Texas are:

  • Fixed-rate plans have a rate that does not change during the duration of your contract.
  • Variable rate plans have a rate that fluctuates based on market pricing. These types of plans often come month-to-month negating the need for a long-term contract.
  • Prepay plans are similar to a toll tag account, you'll have a certain balance threshold you'll need to keep up-to-date and your energy charges will be deducted from that balance. Once your balance goes into the negative, you'll be charged a set amount (will vary by contract and provider) to top off your account and put you back into good standing. Prepay plans are ideal for those who don't want to run a credit check and just pay a small deposit upfront.
  • Postpay plans are the most common and similar to any other type of bill you've paid. At the end of your plan's billing cycle, you'll be charged for the previous month's energy usage and given about a 2-3 week window to make a payment. Postpay plans will usually require a soft credit check or a deposit, which is typically around $300 in Texas.

Best Questions to Ask Every REP

You don't need to be a seasoned shopping pro to know what questions to ask. We've put together a helpful shopping guide with the six most things you should be asking your prospective retail energy provider (REP) and a few expert-shopping tips that will help you feel empowered and confident about your decision.

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Smart Energy Plans in Texas

The grid of yesteryear is not the solution for the energy demands facing Texas today. Every year, new demand records are shattered and it's trending to become the new norm. It's becoming more commonplace in Texas to have smart energy plans that promote a strategy called demand response. Demand response (also called flexible response) gives Texans an opportunity to help the Texas grid by reducing or "shifting" energy usage during periods when demand on the grid is high. Some energy providers reward their customers via financial incentives like credits or disguise demand response with programs like free nights/weekends or flex days.

These types of plans are imperative for building a more resilient grid while also giving Texans the opportunity to unlock an even cheaper energy rate.

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