Frequenty Asked Questions & Answers (FAQ)

Using ComparePower

How do I determine how much I use?

Let’s quickly find your best energy plan.

1. Size of apartment:

2. Number of residents:

3. Your energy habits:

Approximate average monthly usage:


Disclaimer: This tool is for approximation purposes only. Accuracy is not guaranteed or implied.

The approximated monthly usage is based on an average over 12 months. Air conditioning and heating costs can vary and often account for up to 50 percent of your home’s energy use during different seasons.

Factors such as size of your home, weather, construction, heating and cooling equipment type, insulation, and family living habits will influence your actual usage.

Why are there different prices for different usage levels?

This is perhaps the most important consideration in comparing your power company choices. Many providers charge fees in addition to usage charges. Sometimes referred to as Base Charges or Minimum Usage Charges, these can greatly affect the pricing you see on your bill, particularly if you use less than 1000kwh per month. Check your recent bills and use ComparePower to compare plan pricing that matches your usage. The best way to see the real price you pay currently? Take the total Dollar Amount due, and divide it by the total KWH usage you had that month. This will give you the same pricing we list here at ComparePower… the all-in, true-cost pricing that you’ll actually see when the bill is due.

Before ComparePower, all of us had to spend a lot of time searching calling and clicking around, reading through lots of Energy Facts Labels, if we wanted to see the true-cost pricing for our usage level. We’ve solved that issue for you by ensuring all providers displayed accurately represent their pricing at 500,1000, and 2000kwh usage levels. It’s our way of putting all the providers on a level playing field, where they compete on things that matter most, like pricing, term lengths, and renewable content. No hidden fees allowed at ComparePower.

How do I sort my results after filtering?

This one is easy – just select your sorting preference in the drop down menu and watch the magic happen.

Why are there so many plans to choose from?

ComparePower is unlike any other energy comparison experience ever created. We have made every attempt to give you an unmatched shopping experience where available plans are filtered and sorted only by those options that you choose and control. If you find there are too many plans to choose from, use the filters on the left of the plans page to narrow your search and target in on those plans that meet your needs.

I’m confused by all of this. Can I talk to some one instead?

Yep – we’d love to help you out. Call us at 214-865-6511.

What is Renewable Content?

Renewable content is the percentage of your electricity that is generated from renewable resources, such as wind, solar, or hydro electric dams. It’s your option, and if it’s important to you that you lower your carbon footprint, be sure that your filter those plans that help you accomplish that goal.

What is the difference between Fixed and Variable terms?

Fixed pricing allows you to lock in the rate you pay for electricity with a contract for a given time period, usually 3-60 months (depending on your selection).

Variable pricing, also known as Month-to-Month pricing, may fluctuate with the energy markets. There is no contract in a variable plan. Your pricing could go up, stay the same, or even go lower, all of which is out of your control and is determined by the energy company offering the variable plan.

Shoud I come back to ComparePower when it’s time to renew?

Energy prices change daily. Just because one energy provider gave you the best price when you found them on our site doesn’t mean they will have the same rate tomorrow, and certainly not by the end of your contract term with them. Before renewing or responding to any direct-mail offers, always run your energy search at ComparePower and you won’t find yourself wondering later if you could have done better.

What’s in it for you? How do you stay in business?

This is a FREE service for you. Some of the energy companies pay us a fee when we help them enroll customers, but you’ll never pay anything.