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I tried Griddy – Here is My Review

If you’re reading this review odds are you’re curious about all this Griddy wholesale energy rate stuff…

…or maybe you’re a current Griddy customer who is fed up with the Griddy electricity model and alerts and are shopping around in hopes of finding better energy provider.

If either of these describes you, read on.

If you’re curious about Griddy or want to know how to pick the best energy plan for your home, keep reading. I will show you step-by-step how I switched to a predictable, fixed-rate plan further down this blog post.

But first, let me tell you about my personal experience with Griddy.

Here at ComparePower, we are Consumer Advocates at our core. We live in Texas. Employees here make it a point to personally try out the different providers in Texas so that we can share our experience with our fellow Texans and help you make an informed decision when choosing the energy company for your home or business.

With this mission in mind, I gave Griddy a try myself. Here is my personal experience.

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  1. Does Griddy Energy Really Save Money?
  2. How does Griddy Energy Work?
  3. Conclusion: Key Facts and Takeaways

 

Does Griddy Really Save Money?

Here’s what I learned.

I know what you’re asking yourself. Is Griddy right for me and will it save me money?

The answer is it depends…more on that later. For now, I’d like to share my personal experience with Griddy in hopes that it can guide you in making the best decision for your household.

I started using Griddy midway through September 2019. With the summer months coming to an end and cooler days ahead I did not anticipate a huge demand on the grid and reasoned that perhaps it may be possible to save some money by purchasing electricity in real-time, from the Griddy app.

So I downloaded the app, which they’ve done a nice job with. And after adding $49 to my account I was on my way purchasing wholesale electricity directly from the grid.

In case you do not know, Griddy is a prepaid electric service. You must keep a positive balance in your account at all times or your power will be turned off.

If you’re not used to pre-paying for your power and would rather pay at the end of the month for the kWh you use, then Griddy is definitely not for you.

If this is you my suggestion is to stop reading and enter your zip code on the top right of this page to shop for a traditional, predictable, fixed-rate plan.

Now back to my experience with Griddy. Everything was going smoothly, for about a day.

Much to my surprise, the very next day I received an alarming notification from Griddy on my iPhone:

Wholesale electricity prices had climbed to over 50 cents / kWh and that I should not worry. 

I should not worry? How could I not? Was this a joke?

My heart sank to the pit of my stomach at the thought of what my electricity bill would be that day and admittedly I immediately felt silly for having made the switch to Griddy.

To add insult to injury, I couldn’t believe that I was actually paying Griddy $9.99 a month for this.

Being in the middle of my workday I started thinking about the appliances that were being powered in my home from the washer and dryer, to the refrigerator, and most importantly my air conditioner, which was set to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

My mind raced as I was trying to calculate how much running these appliances would cost me at a rate of 50 cents/kWh.

Being that I was at work I could not drop everything I was doing to run home and turn my appliances off…which is what Griddy recommends.

In fact, most people I know do not have the flexibility to put down their work in the middle of the day and run home so they can power down their appliances every time an alert shows up on their mobile phone.

To put this in perspective, before I switched to Griddy I was paying on average just under 7 cents / kWh for 1000 kWh of monthly usage.

Griddy was now costing me over 7 times more than my traditional fixed-rate plan that I had found on ComparePower.

Projected prices on Griddy’s app ranged from 10 cents/kWh at noon to $1.00 / kWh by 4 pm the same day. See the screenshot I took personally from my own phone:

Griddy Energy Reviewed – I gambled with Griddy and here’s what I learned
Griddy – Projected Prices on September 25, 2019.

 

I then noticed an email from Griddy in my inbox. I dropped everything I was doing to read it.

“High Price Warning Today, 2-6p.m. A hotter than a normal day, coupled with potential generation outages could lead to electricity prices as high as $4/kWh.”

What followed was a list of instructions on how I should have read the future and ramped down my energy usage between 1 and 6 pm to avoid high costs.

The only way for me to avoid high costs and overpaying for power was to leave work and run home to power down my electronics.

I don’t know about you (or the employment hours at the Griddy offices), but where I work employees are required to be present from 9 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday.

Telling my boss that I needed to run home to power down my appliances was not an option.

In case you don’t believe me, I took a screenshot of the email I received on September 25th 2019 from Griddy, and attached it below:

Griddy Energy Reviewed – I gambled with Griddy and here’s what I learned
Griddy Energy – High Price Warning

 

Now back to the original question. Can Griddy save you money?

If you can manage to run home in the middle of the day and power down all of your appliances and electronics Griddy may be a reasonable option.

However, even if you have the flexibility to do so is this how you want to spend your day? Constantly worried and paranoid about how much your electric bill will be hour after agonizing hour?

I found myself constantly checking the rate of electricity instead of focusing on what was important and what I had to accomplish during my day.

If you do not mind constantly checking the rate of electricity on your phone, and even if you have the flexibility to run home and power off your appliances you still may not be getting the best deal with Griddy. Here is why.

Griddy states that the average rate their customers pay is 8.8 cents/kWh and that the Texas average rate is 11.3 cents/kWh, thereby saving you money.

This 11.3 cent average is based on a statistic taken from the EIA.gov website, which currently lists it at 11.87 cents/kWh (June 2019).

I work here at ComparePower. We switch thousands of Texans every month.

Most Texans using ComparePower are not paying anywhere near 11.3 cents/kWh. We don’t care which provider you choose here when shopping, but please, don’t pick one for 11.3c!

In fact there are fixed-rate plans for Texas residents on ComparePower with rates as low as $0.06 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for 1000 kWh. That is far less than the Texas average and the Griddy average rate advertised by them in September 2019. 

How Does Griddy Energy Work?

Like everyone else, the idea of being able to purchase electricity at wholesale prices seemed appealing to me.

For those that don’t know how Griddy works. For a monthly fee of $9.99 Griddy connects its members, via a mobile app, directly to the real-time wholesale energy market, so that, in theory, they pay the same variable prices that retail energy providers and commercial consumers pay, in real-time.

That, however, is not entirely accurate. The majority of traditional electricity providers offering fixed rate prices buy forward contracts at different times of the year, not in real-time as Griddy does.

Since these traditional providers are able to buy electricity at a fixed price for delivery throughout the year, they are able to offer fixed-price contracts to their residential customers without the worry of hourly fluctuations in rates and the burning desire to run home in response to a push-notification alert to turn off that light you left on.

The primary benefit of choosing a fixed-terms electricity plan is consistency and predictability.

The wholesale price of electricity changes approximately every 5 minutes making it near impossible to predict how much you will be paying from one moment to the next.

Griddy does provide a projection for electricity prices for the entire day so that you can plan ahead but in my personal experience, the projections were less than accurate, at times as much as a 70 cents/kWh difference between the projected and actual price.

Conclusion: Key Facts and Takeaways

I really wanted to like Griddy.

It just wasn’t for me. The stress I experienced in response to the random influx of emails and push alerts warning of price spikes on the horizon drove me crazy.

Buying electricity at wholesale prices is unique, but it is highly unpredictable.

At the end of the day, you will need to evaluate your electricity and lifestyle needs to make the best decision for your home.

I myself switched away from Griddy onto a predictable fixed-rate plan that I found right here on ComparePower.

I am now paying 6.7 cents / kWh for 1000 kWh of energy each month, which is about what I use monthly.

I no longer look at my phone or fret over electricity price alerts. That peace of mind alone, to me, is priceless.

Oh, and I am no longer paying Griddy $9.99 a month for the luxury of using their app and exposing me to this unnecessary stress.

I switched providers for free here at ComparePower in under 5 minutes and am enjoying low electricity prices with zero hassle. I can honestly say my life is so much simpler because of it.

Ahhh… the sweet relief of consistency and predictability.

If you are currently with Griddy, my recommendation is to make the switch. It will be the best 5 minutes you will spend today.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me

-Enri Zhulati, Consumer Advocate at ComparePower

 

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Find the RIGHT energy company and your best electricity plan in 4 simple steps.

  1. Gather your homes historical usage profile (kWh usage) month by month for the past 12 months. It’s ok if you don’t have all 12 months. The more months the better.
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How to Switch Energy Companies

Read this now to learn how to choose the right energy plan for your home when switching energy companies in Texas. 

Did you know electricity plans in Texas are priced according to how much energy you use each month?

That’s right. The amount of energy you use each month dictates the rate you pay for energy that month.

This is why it is very important to understand your monthly energy consumption when shopping for a new electricity plan in Texas.

To determine the best plan for your home you need to understand how much energy you use on any given month.

By the end of this short exercise, you’ll know how to compare electricity plan options by total annual cost instead of buying into advertised “teaser” rates.

Find your previous months energy bills or log into your existing energy company website. Write down month-by-month how many kilowatt-hours of energy you consumed last year.

It is ok if you do not have all 12 months of usage. Gather as many months as you can find. The more months the better.

If you can’t find your usage history, you can still compare rates by home size by entering just your zip code at the top of this page.

kWh Usage Pricing Calculator Video

Still confused about why this is so important? This short 2-minute video will show you how to find your best plan on ComparePower.

We gave Griddy a try…read our latest review:

Griddy Prices Spike – Switch Today and Save

Electricity prices surged past a $9,000 a megawatt-hour price cap in Texas as extreme heat sent power demand skyrocketing.

Griddy customers felt the heat the most as extreme temperatures sent power demand skyrocketing and wholesale electricity prices surging past a $9,000 a megawatt-hour price cap in Texas.

Energy prices for Griddy customers were projected to be as high as $7.00 / kWh on August 16’th 2019.

Users shared screengrabs and voiced their frustrations in online forums of how much they’ve been paying per kilowatt-hour. Many Griddy customers reported paying $100 or more daily to power their homes.

Why pay 7 dollars per kilowatt-hour?  Choose a fixed-rate plan on ComparePower today and enjoy rates as low as 7 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Griddy Prices Spike
Griddy App – August16, 2019. Compare Griddy’s $7/kWh to 7c/kWh on ComparePower. 

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Griddy Energy Reviews

See what ComparePower customers had to say as they switched away from Griddy during the wholesale price spikes.

Griddy Prices Spike

Griddy Prices Spike

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The Risk of Wholesale Electricity Prices

As temperatures in the state climbed to 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39 Celsius), ERCOT issued an emergency alert, asking Texans to conserve energy and calling on all power plants to ramp up production.

When demand goes up so does the price! During a price surge, such as this one, it is the real-time consumers that are at risk.

Griddy Prices Spike

Playing the wholesale market is a huge gamble as the wholesale price of electricity fluctuates wildly based on a number of factors, including weather, maintenance issues and the time of day, leaving consumers vulnerable when prices skyrocket during peak conditions.

The bottom line is when you need electricity the most, you pay the highest price.

People prefer predictability and stability in their energy choice.

The best way to have a predictable energy bill is to lock in a fixed-rate and not gamble by guessing what the wholesale price of electricity will be in the future.

ComparePower lets you find and compare low fixed-rate plans from multiple Texas electricity providers, ensuring you are getting the best rate possible for the term of your contract.

Switch to a predictable energy plan in 5 minutes.

 

Compare Griddy Energy Rates with Competing Texas Energy Plans

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
TriEagle Energy - Eagle 1212 months$0.100 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Eagle 2424 months$0.098 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Eagle 3636 months$0.096 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Green Eagle 1212 months$0.103 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Green Eagle 2424 months$0.101 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Green Eagle 3636 months$0.100 / kWh
Champion Energy - Champ Saver-3636 months$0.103 / kWh
Payless Power - SmarTricity Premier 12 - Prepaid Plan12 months$0.141 / kWh
Payless Power - SmarTricity Easy Choice - Prepaid Plan1 months$0.151 / kWh
4Change Energy - Value Saver 1212 months$0.087 / kWh
4Change Energy - Maxx Saver 1212 months$0.061 / kWh
4Change Energy - Easy Saver 1212 months$0.075 / kWh
4Change Energy - Generous Saver Plus 1212 months$0.123 / kWh
4Change Energy - Eco Saver Plus 1212 months$0.133 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Saver 1212 months$0.059 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Saver 2424 months$0.065 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Saver 3636 months$0.069 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Smart 1212 months$0.154 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Smart 2424 months$0.159 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Smart 3636 months$0.164 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Fixed 1212 months$0.107 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Fixed 2424 months$0.105 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Fixed 3636 months$0.104 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Green 1212 months$0.109 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Green 2424 months$0.108 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Green 3636 months$0.107 / kWh
First Choice Power - You Got This"! 1212 months$0.115 / kWh
First Choice Power - You Got This"! After Hours 1212 months$0.126 / kWh
First Choice Power - You Got This"! Free Weekends 1212 months$0.123 / kWh
Direct Energy - Free Power Weekends 1212 months$0.123 / kWh
Direct Energy - Live Brighter"! 1212 months$0.117 / kWh
Direct Energy - Twelve Hour Power 1212 months$0.123 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Easy Saver 1212 months$0.109 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Energy Saver 2424 months$0.118 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver 1212 months$0.073 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Advantage 1212 months$0.107 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Deluxe 1212 months$0.059 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Eco Plus 1212 months$0.131 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Freedom 1212 months$0.121 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Max 1212 months$0.130 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Premium 1212 months$0.132 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Select 1212 months$0.089 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Supreme 1212 months$0.072 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Value 1212 months$0.125 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Superb Saver 1212 months$0.146 / kWh
Constellation - 12 Month Usage Bill Credit12 months$0.089 / kWh
Constellation - 12 Month (No Min Usage Fee)12 months$0.109 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Beat The Heat 12 A12 months$0.075 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Best Value 1212 months$0.059 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Fantastic 12 Green+12 months$0.115 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Frontier Max 1212 months$0.134 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Frontier No Hidden Fee 1212 months$0.109 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Light Saver 12+12 months$0.110 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Preferred 12+12 months$0.120 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Simple Power 1212 months$0.136 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Straight Power 1212 months$0.168 / kWh
Cirro Energy - Smart Saver 1515 months$0.112 / kWh
Cirro Energy - Smart Lock 24 Online24 months$0.126 / kWh
Cirro Energy - Smart Value 12 Online12 months$0.089 / kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 24 Preferred24 months$0.117 / kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 36 Preferred36 months$0.113 / kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 12 Preferred12 months$0.117 / kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus Preferred1 months$0.151 / kWh
Reliant - Truly Free Weekends 1212 months$0.141 / kWh
Reliant - Truly Free Nights 1212 months$0.146 / kWh
Reliant - Truly Free 7 Days 1212 months$0.141 / kWh
Reliant - Secure Advantage 1212 months$0.117 / kWh
Reliant - Clear Flex1 months$0.117 / kWh
TXU Energy - Clear Deal 1212 months$0.099 / kWh
TXU Energy - Clear Deal 2424 months$0.109 / kWh
TXU Energy - Flex Forward1 months$0.126 / kWh
TXU Energy - Free Nights & Solar Days 1212 months$0.145 / kWh
TXU Energy - Free Pass 1212 months$0.139 / kWh
TXU Energy - Saver's Discount 1212 months$0.139 / kWh
TXU Energy - Saver's Discount 2424 months$0.159 / kWh
TXU Energy - Simple Rate 1212 months$0.132 / kWh
TXU Energy - Solar Saver 1212 months$0.146 / kWh
TXU Energy - Solar Value 1212 months$0.105 / kWh

These live rates for Oncor Electric Delivery service area were updated on . Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

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How to Choose the Best Electricity Plan in Texas

Selecting a Griddy Energy plan without knowing your home’s energy usage can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Switching providers? Energy rates on ComparePower can be customized to your specific historical power usage.

Moving? ComparePower helps you estimate your new home’s energy usage, ensuring you choose the best plan for your household.

Lock in the best rate by comparing competing energy plans on ComparePower. Enter your zip code to start comparing energy company plans for your specific usage in your service area.

The #1 most important thing: Know your usage!

The key to avoid overpaying is knowing your expected usage and comparing monthly costs for each plan based on that usage amount.

With things like gasoline, the “price per gallon” you see on the sign is the price you pay no matter how many gallons you pump.

$3 per gallon. Pump 10 gallons, pay $30. Simple.

Electricity in Texas is not as simple as buying gasoline. The advertised “price per kWh” is based on a specific, exact monthly usage (usually 2000 kWh).

And, each plan has a different calculation for how your monthly bill is determined.

Your effective “price per kWh” can only be determined by calculating your monthly bill, then dividing that monthly bill by your usage.

Advertised “price per kWh” can be misleading because it’s based on a specific usage like 2000 kWh. It’s best to shop based on the total bill for your home’s expected usage.

How do you do that when the math is complicated, and every plan is a little different?

ComparePower has already done all this complicated math for you.

First, we help you determine your expected monthly kWh usage. Then we show you the plans and their total monthly cost for your usage.

Enter your zip code for guidance choosing your best rate plan.

 

Griddy Business Plans

Click here to get competing quotes for your business electricity.

To find the best commercial electricity rates, you need to compare prices from competing energy companies.

ComparePower bridges the gap between your business and energy companies by inviting various energy providers to compete for your business in a sealed bid process.

You submit your information once and the providers will present their bids.  You to choose the cheapest price.  Simple, quick, and easy.

Texas Energy Companies

Switch to a predictable fixed-rate plan from a trusted Texas energy provider.

Instantly enroll for service with great electricity providers such as TXU Energy, Reliant, Direct Energy, Green Mountain and more.

Click on the provider of your choice to view rates, learn more, or sign up.

Energy CompaniesPhone Number
4Change Energy855-550-6663
Direct Energy855-307-6915
First Choice Power888-458-6877
Frontier Utilities866-763-5084
Constellation855-798-2889
Gexa Energy855-639-8210
TXU Energy866-603-1533
Payless Power855-854-8482
Pulse Power855-652-1045

Instantly compare competing Texas electricity companies head to head and save.

If you’re reading this review odds are you’ve seen Gexa advertise their latest plan, the BOGO, and are wondering if this is a good plan for your household.

We’ll break down the Gexa BOGO plan and explain the details so that you are informed about what this plan is all about. Ultimately we’re here to help you find your best electricity plan for your Texas home.

This plan review is for the Gexa BOGO 12 plan.

Any product or company names, marks or logos shown on this page are the property of their respective owners. ComparePower is an independent marketplace offering free electricity pricing comparisons for consumers.

Time to read: about 4 min

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  1. What is Gexa BOGO?
  2. Gexa BOGO in Dallas (Oncor)
  3. Gexa BOGO in Houston (Centerpoint)
  4. Conclusion: Key Facts and Takeaways

 

What is Gexa BOGO?

Now that summer temperatures have officially descended on Texas for the next few months you probably have found yourself turning on your A/C to keep your home cool and comfortable.

However, central air conditioning uses a lot of energy – up to 30 percent of your monthly bill during the hot summer months. That’s why Gexa created the BOGO plan, which stands for ‘Buy One Get One’.

As the name implies, with this plan if you buy one kilowatt-hour you get one kilowatt-hour for free. Said another way, you get 50% off of your “energy charges” every month. If you use 1,000 kWh in energy charges, you’ll only pay for 500 kWh. Sounds great, right?

We thought so too, which is why we decided to take a deeper look at this plan’s Electricity Facts Label (EFL) to uncover the details and show you the real math and cost of this plan.

 

Gexa BOGO plan in Dallas (Oncor)

According to the Gexa Bogo EFL, Gexa charges Oncor Electric Delivery customers an average price of 10.6 cents per kWh for 2000 kWh of monthly usage.

Gexa BOGO

Oncor Electric Delivery serves the Dallas area, which includes Fort Worth, Plano, Arlington, Frisco, Allen, and several other surrounding suburbs.

We’ve included a complete cost breakdown of the Gexa Bogo plan for Dallas-Fort worth metroplex residents as a function of usage in the conclusions section below.

 

Gexa BOGO plan in Houston (CenterPoint Energy)

According to the Gexa BOGO EFL, Gexa charges Houston residents (CenterPoint Energy service area) an average price of 11.8 cents/kWh for 2000 kWh of monthly usage.

Gexa BOGO

Centerpoint serves Houston area residents including surrounding suburbs such as Katy, The Woodlands, Humble, Kingwood, and several other greater Houston area suburbs.

We’ve included the complete cost breakdown of the Gexa Bogo plan for Houston Metro residents as a function of usage in the conclusions section below.

 

Conclusion: Key Facts and Takeaways

Free energy is great, but is Gexa BOGO the right plan for you and will you be saving money by signing up for the Gexa BOGO plan?

The simple answer is it depends on your usage. Here’s why…

The only way to really know which plan is right for you in Texas is to know your monthly kWh electricity usage. Or better yet, if you’re switching providers, your historical (kWh) usage for the previous 12-months.

For illustrative purposes, take a look at how the effective rate ($/kWh) varies with monthly usage (kWh) for the Gexa BOGO plan:

Gexa BOGO
Gexa BOGO Cost Breakdown: Oncor Delivery Company (Dallas-Fort Worth Metro service area)*

 

Gexa BOGO
Gexa BOGO Cost Breakdown: CenterPoint Energy (Houston Metro service area)*

 

*Calculations are based on the plan EFLs posted on GexaEnergy.com as of 3/14/2018. Costs exclude taxes and non-recurring fees.

As illustrated in the cost breakdown above, the key to avoid overpaying is knowing your expected usage and comparing monthly costs for each plan based on that usage amount.

Although electricity is a commodity, it is not priced linearly like other commodities you purchase day to day. Let’s use gasoline as an example to drive this point home.

With gasoline, the “price per gallon” you see on the sign is the price you pay no matter how many gallons you pump.

$3 per gallon. Pump 10 gallons, pay $30. Simple.

Electricity in Texas is not as simple as buying gasoline. The advertised “price per kWh” is based on a specific, exact monthly usage (usually 2000 kWh).

And, each plan has a different calculation for how your monthly bill is determined.

Your effective “price per kWh” can only be determined by calculating your monthly bill, then dividing that monthly bill by your usage.

Advertised “price per kWh” can be misleading because it’s based on a specific usage like 2000 kWh. It’s best to shop based on the total bill for your home’s expected usage.

How do you do that when the math is complex, and every plan is a little different?

ComparePower has already done all this complicated math for you.

If you’re switching providers, we help you find and compile your historical usage. If you’re moving to a new home we help you determine your anticipated monthly kWh usage. Then we show you the best plans and their total monthly cost for your specific usage.

 

Sign up for the BOGO plan

If you determine Gexa Bogo is the best plan based on your usage call Gexa Energy to enroll directly: 855-639-8210

In addition to receiving 50% off your energy charges you’ll get:

  • A straightforward, competitive contract and pricing to meet your needs.
  • Friendly and helpful customer care, right here in Texas.
  • 60-Day Happiness Guarantee.

 

Still not sure if Gexa BOGO is right for you? Don’t sweat it. If you’re not happy with the Gexa BOGO Plan for any reason, just call Gexa Energy within 60 days of your service activation date, change to another Gexa Energy plan, and get the early cancellation fee waived on your first plan.

Enter your zip code to compare the Gexa BOGO plan with other plans on ComparePower:

 

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UPDATE:  Take a look at our writeup on TXU Energy’s latest plan:  Free nights & Solar Days

Let’s take an in-depth look at The TXU Energy “Free Nights” and “Free Weekends” electric plans and see if we can’t find the true cost.

The very first thing to do when looking to compare energy providers is to determine your usage level. This is the average amount of electricity your household uses.  So let’s start there…

Determining your Average Electricity Usage

In Texas, energy companies must list the all-inclusive average pricing at three distinct usage levels.  500kwhh, 1000kwh, and 2000kwh.  The reason the pricing at these different usage levels is often dramatically different is because of the base fees and charges that are applied to your bill regardless of how much you use.  So the average price, per kWh, typically goes down the more you use because these fees are spread out across a larger number of kWh.  Make sense?

But, there’s one more pesky fee that you need to be aware of.  It’s associated with low usage levels.  The power companies use all sorts of names to describe this fee…but the concept is the same.  If your usage doesn’t reach a specified threshold, most provider’s will charge you a fee that won’t apply once you cross that magic line.

As a point of reference, the average household in Texas uses about 1200kwh per month.  But take that with a grain of salt – because that’s the average of very large home and very small apartments, so the state average really isn’t something you want to even concern yourself with.

The only way to know for sure is to look at some of your own past bills.  The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) requires that the electric providers report your usage and explicitly detail the average price paid per kWh.  Some providers hide this in fine print; others put it out in the open.

The TXU Money Pit:  Math behind the Madness

Now, we’ll look at two different examples while examining this free nights and weekends plan.  One will be an apartment home using an average of 500 kWh per month, and another will be a house using 2000 kWh per month.

First, lets look at the rates for this TXU Free Nights or Free Weekends Plan.  Pulled directly from the Electricity Facts Label (EFL) from the TXU website, the pricing table is depicted below:

Average Monthly Use Average Price per kWh
500 kWh 14.40 ¢
1000 kWh 13.40 ¢
2000 kWh 12.90 ¢

 

For our example, we’ll look at Centerpoint Utility Region, serving the people of the Greater Houston Area looking for electric plan savings.

The “Energy Charge” Pricing for this 12 month plan is whopping 17.7c per kWh no matter how much you consume!

But wait, how is it possible that the Energy Charge is more than the Average Price per kWh? It’s because that Average Pricing Table is already including your anticipated Free Nights or Weekends.  Not sure that’s even legal, but we’ll save that for another article.

The lowest 12 month, 1000 kWh usage pricing plan on ComparePower is with 4Change Energy at 8.4c per kwh. So immediately it should be apparent that something is not right with the TXU plan.

To put this in perspective, the Average Texas Household we talked about earlier (1200 kWh /month) would actually pay TXU an additional $720 a year for the privilege of using their Free Nights/ Free Weekend plan than had they chosen the 4Change Energy Plan.

Shop Smart: Ignore the Gimmicks

So, what does TXU offer you to offset that cost, in terms of value?  Not much.

The informed consumer should ignore gimmicks and truly analyze the All-inclusive pricing listed on the Energy Facts Label (EFL) as a basis for comparing electric plan costs.  ComparePower is a free service that displays only the All-inclusive pricing Facts Label – inclusive of fees and taxes – so you can easily compare different electric company plans on a level playing field without the risk of being sold on a gimmick.

TXU Season Pass: Get 50% off your energy charges all summer and winter!

If you’re reading this review odds are you’ve seen TXU Energy advertise their latest plan, the Season Pass, and are wondering if this is a good plan for your household.

We’ll break down this plan and explain the details so that you are informed about what this plan is all about. Ultimately, we are here to help you find your best electricity plan for your Texas home.

Ready to Enroll? Call TXU Energy directly 855-910-7092

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Contents in this review:
Click on a section to navigate directly to it:

    1. What is TXU Season Pass?
    2. TXU Season Pass for the Dallas – Fort Worth Metro
    3. TXU Season Pass for the Houston Metro
    4. Key Facts and Takeaways

 

What is TXU Season Pass?

The TXU Energy Season Pass plan gives you a 50% discount on your energy charges for three months in the winter (Dec – Feb) and three months in the summer (Jun-Aug).

Who wouldn’t want 50% off their energy bill for 3-months in the summer and 3-months in the winter? Especially since those are the seasons where most Texans see higher than usual energy bills.

Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the pricing details to break down this plan and discover what it could cost you.

 

TXU Season pass: Dallas – Fort Worth

According to the TXU Season Pass 24 EFL. TXU charges Oncor customers an average price of 12.9 cents per kWh for 2000 kWh of monthly usage.

Oncor serves the Dallas area, which includes Fort Worth, Plano, Arlington, Frisco, Allen, and several other surrounding suburbs.

Here is the real-math break down for 500, 1000, and 2000 kWh/month usage profiles in the Oncor service area:

TXU Season Pass

 

TXU Season Pass: Houston Metro

Houston residents (CenterPoint service area) pay 13.5 cents per kWh for 2000 kWh of monthly usage with the TXU Season Pass 24 plan.

The Centerpoint energy utility company serves the Houston metro area, which includes Sugarland, Humble, and several other surrounding suburbs.

Here is the real-math break down for 500, 1000, and 2000 kWh/month usage profiles in the Centerpoint service area:

TXU Season Pass

 

Key Facts and Takeaways

TXU already includes the 50% discount on the rate you see in their Season Pass 24 EFL.

Whether or not this is the right plan for you depends on your monthly usage.

The key to avoid overpaying is knowing your expected usage and comparing monthly costs for each plan based on that usage amount.

Advertised “price per kWh” can be misleading because it’s based on a specific usage like 2000 kWh. It’s best to shop based on the total bill for your home’s expected usage.

How do you do that when the math is complex, and every plan is a little different?

ComparePower has already done all this complicated math for you.

If you’re switching providers, we help you shop using your historical usage. If you’re moving to a new home we help you determine your anticipated monthly kWh usage. Then we show you the best plans and their total monthly cost for your specific usage.

Instantly compare electricity plans for the best rate:

 

Sign up for the TXU Season Pass Energy plan

In addition to receiving 50% off your energy charges you’ll get:

  • A straightforward, competitive contract and pricing to meet your needs.
  • Friendly and helpful customer care, right here in Texas.
  • 60-Day Happiness Guarantee.

 

Total Satisfaction Guaranteed

Still not sure if TXU Season Pass is right for you? Don’t sweat it.

If you’re not happy with the TXU Season Pass plan for any reason, just call TXU Energy within 60 days of your service activation date, change to another TXU Energy plan, and get the early cancellation fee waived on your first plan.

Enter your zip code to see compare electricity plans are available in your neighborhood.

TXU Reviewed: Free Nights & Weekends Anything but Free?
TXU Reviewed: Free Nights & Weekends Anything but Free? Let’s explore whether TXU as an energy supplier for your home is a good idea.

 

TXU Free Nights and Weekends Review

Let’s take a closer look at TXU.  As one of the longest standing energy companies in Texas, TXU has seen better days.

In recent months, the utility company has been discussing a potential bankruptcy filing in order to clear $32 billion of debt from its books.

Since selling out to a handful of massive corporations (like Goldman Sachs) in 2007, the company has tried its hardest to create a new company image, even changing names to the Energy Future Holdings Corporation.

But there’s a reason the company still struggles. With consistently negative reviews and a notoriously bad customer service program, most of TXU’s promises are too good to be true.

It’s time to reevaluate the real costs of “cheap electricity” from the struggling corporation.

 

Deal or Delusion?

One reason that customers are consistently drawn to the energy giant is the countless promotions they offer.

Between cash-back loyalty reward programs, self-adjusting “energy-saver” plans, and promotional discounts, customers are drawn like moths to a flame by the savings they assume they’re getting.

But they all get burnt. Taking a closer look at each program shows that the only people getting any benefit from these “deals” are the salesmen who invented them.

 

“Total Satisfaction Guarantee”

The power to choose your energy provider in Texas is what keeps the deregulated market geared towards the interests of the buyers.

With so many choices, energy companies have to compete for customer loyalty. Leaving one provider for another is a common way to get the best bang for your buck, and TXU knows that its customers are aware of this. They capitalize on this freedom, making energy deals more attractive by saying the customer can choose to drop it at any time.

“Free Nights” or “Free Weekends” end up being anything but free, despite the phrasing the company uses.  The rates you pay for the time it’s not free can add up quickly, and in many cases end up averaging out to be much higher than a no-gimmick plan offered by another provider.

Another example is their Energy Auto-saver plan, where the cost of electricity is guaranteed below a specific rate.  So when energy prices drop, you save money and if they increase, you’re safe at the initial rate.  According to the company website, total satisfaction is guaranteed and customers can switch for free if unsatisfied.

But according to actual customer experiences in Corpus Christi, leaving this already pricey plan can be shockingly expensive.

On top of the expensive service rate, the hefty cancellation fee, and the inconvenience of dealing with a careless corporation, customers had to repay the hundreds of dollars they saved through the plan! The fine print reveals that it’s only free to leave before your first bill. So much for “guaranteed satisfaction.”

 

Simply put: ignore the gimmicks.

The only way to guarantee satisfaction is to get informed and find the perfect plan for you, where it’s clear exactly what you’re signing up for.

The power to choose gives every individual the freedom to make their own decision, and one company is helping consumers do just that.

People visit ComparePower to instantly compare electric plans with our unbiased shopping tool that presents all the information you need to make an informed choice.

With easy to use charts for comparison, you can compare any plans you want side-by-side. ComparePower sorts everything for you and puts the most crucial information all in one place.

With just your zip code and a few clicks, you can easily find the perfect energy plan from the hundreds being offered.

Don’t waste your time at a site that’s trying to sell you a specific product – ComparePower is honest and unbiased. Get informed on all the options and fine print, and guarantee satisfaction for yourself.

Just in time for the summer — 100 percent renewable energy with free electricity at night! Find out if this plan is right for your home. 

TXU Energy is now offering a plan called Free Nights and Solar Days. With this plan, you get 100% renewable energy along with free electricity at night. We’ll review the facts and break down the plan details for you below.

Ready to Enroll? Call TXU Energy directly 855-910-7092

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Contents in this review:
Click on a section to navigate directly to it:

  1. What is TXU Free Nights and Solar Days?
  2. TXU Free Nights & Solar Days Plan Details
  3. Is TXU Free Nights & Solar Days right for you?
  4. TXU Free Nights & Solar Days Dallas – Fort Worth
  5. TXU Free Nights & Solar Days Houston Metro
  6. Conclusion & Takeaways

 

What is TXU Energy Free Nights & Solar Days?

This plan gives you free electricity at night with the added benefits of renewable energy. Get free electricity all night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and solar electricity all day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Take advantage of clean energy derived from the sun. TXU Free nights and Solar Days doesn’t require rooftop solar panels, making it easy to take advantage of the sun whether you live in a house or an apartment.

Free Nights & Solar Days is 100 percent renewable as TXU Energy purchases solar power, along with solar and wind renewable energy credits.

“This is a one-of-a-kind plan that gives customers a new, easy, and affordable way to go 100 percent renewable with both solar and wind,” said Sydney Seiger, chief marketing officer for TXU Energy.

 

TXU Energy Free Nights & Solar Days Plan Details

TXU Energy offers two terms, a 12-month and an 18-month term for the Free Nights Solar Days plan.

According to the TXU Energy facts label for the Free Nights & Solar Days 18 plan, the average home in greater Dallas (the Oncor service area) uses 34.70% of their energy during the night hours between 9 pm and 6 am.

Greater Houston (Centerpoint Energy service area) residents use on average 34.30% of energy between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am.

This is the period of time where your electricity usage will be free with this plan.

Keep reading to find out if this place is right for you and your household.

 

Is TXU Free Nights & Solar Days right for you?

Whether or not this plan is right for you all depends on how much of your electricity usage you can shift to the nighttime.

Let’s explore how you could save money with the TXU Energy Free Nights and Solar Days plan.

Dallas area customers need to be able to shift at a minimum of 34.70% of their energy use to the nighttime hours in order to get the EFL pricing.

Houston residents need to shift at least 34.30 % of their energy uses to the night time in order to get EFL pricing for this plan.

Whether you can save money with this plan depends on the amount of energy you can offset to the free night use between 9 pm and 6 am.

The more energy you can offset to the nighttime the cheaper the plan becomes.

Table 1a and 1b (below) shows the amount of energy

We calculated the price per kWh as a function of the percentage of electricity consumed at night.

 

TXU Free Nights Solar Days for Dallas – Fort Worth metro.

TXU Energy Free Nights & Solar Days

TXU Free Nights Solar Days for Houston metro.

TXU Energy Free Nights & Solar Days

As you can see from the two tables above. The more energy you can offset to the nighttime the lower your average price per kilowatt will be and therefore the lower your monthly electric bill.

Here are some simple changes that can help maximize the benefits of Free Nights & Solar Days electricity plan:

  • Delaying the use of large appliances like washing machines and dishwashers during free hours.
  • Charging portable electronics during the free hours.
  • Adjusting programmable thermostat settings.

 

Keep your lifestyle and save with a cheaper electricity plan.

 

Free Electricity, Really?

Yes, electricity is free at night. TXU Free Nights & Free Weekends and TXU Free Nights & Solar Days plans are known as ‘time of use plans’.

Time of use plans are offered by a number of electrical providers.

The wind blows hard at night, and it is cost prohibitive to store large amounts of energy over time, therefore there is a surplus of energy during nighttime or off-peak hours that is sold for much less at wholesale than it is during peak hours.

Electricity companies such as TXU Energy can purchase this surplus at a much lower price compared to energy purchased during peak or daytime hours.

It is therefore financially favorable for energy providers to encourage their customers to change their consumption habits to use more energy at night, during off-peak hours, thereby lowering their operational costs.

 

Conclusion & Key Takeaways

You can save money on your electricity bill with this plan as long as you can make some adjustments and shift your daytime usage to the nighttime.

Texas retail electricity pricing can be confusing. Every company has its own way of presenting its prices so numbers can’t easily be compared without hours upon hours of research.

ComparePower solves this problem. All pricing elements for the compared plans are broken down so you can see exactly what to expect on your bill.

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Champion Energy provides exceptional customer care and competitive residential electricity rates.  As one of the nation’s fastest-growing electricity providers, Champion Energy provides residential service in Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio and Delaware. Champion Energy has received recognition by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating and ranks “Highest in Residential Customer Satisfaction with Retail Electric Service in Texas” by J. D. Power. Whether you are looking for a low fixed electricity rate, renewable energy, or automatic payment options Champion Energy has the right plan for you.  And with 24/7 customer care based in Texas, fixed-rate plans without hidden fees and a robust referral program, Champion Energy is sure to satisfy you. Switch to Champion Energy today, and be glad you did.

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Service

Champion Energy distinguishes itself in a crowded, competitive market by offering exceptional customer service. For us, customer service is more than just making sure we have someone who answers the phone when a customer calls. It includes straightforward pricing and communication; tools to estimate electric bills and reduce energy use; and, an unwavering commitment to the Golden Rule. After all, each employee at Champion Energy knows what it’s like to be an electricity customer. That’s what drives us.

Calpine, an independent power producer, acquired Champion Energy in October 2015. Calpine’s generation facilities are in many of the same markets we serve, allowing us to be more competitive in our current markets and expand to new markets.

There was a time in our business’ history where growth at any cost was attractive. However, we’ve learned from that particular mistake and now take a more measured approach. We’ve worked hard to engrain customer service in our corporate culture by really focusing on customer satisfaction. The majority of our customer interactions, like our call center and billing, are done in-house for greater control and accountability. Our customer service representatives attend regular trainings on how to communicate with customers, including a training module on empathy. Those same representatives are empowered to make decisions without needing to ask a supervisor, sparing customers a drawn-out process just to make things right.

So, as we expand to new markets and try to increase our presence in existing markets, our decisions are driven by the question, “Can we still provide unparalleled customer service?” If the answer to that question is “no”, then we seriously reevaluate our position.

Award-winning Customer Care

Electricity customers who value the ability to reach a live, competent customer service representative, and who would rather not deal with a convoluted scheme to save money on their electricity, should choose Champion Energy. That is our service: straightforward electricity plans and a dedication to exceptional customer care.

Nearly everyone has experienced calling into a customer service department; it’s an experience that’s rarely remembered fondly. We’re looking to change that. Our call center is different. It is different because, above all else, we value customer interaction. Our customer care agents go through four quality control checks every week and their performance is not judged by the amount of time spent or the dollar amount they were able to extract from the customer.

Instead, their performance is judged by the quality of customer interaction. Did the customer end the call with their questions answered or their problem solved? That’s the top priority in our call center.

Furthermore, our agents are empowered to make decisions, without supervisor approval, to the benefit of the customer. Agents are trained to err on the side of the customer. Underlying all of this is the understanding that we should treat customers the way we wish to be treated the next time we call a customer service line. While we may not get our wish, we can certainly grant it to our customers.

Experience the difference: Award-winning customer service 

ComparePower shows available Champion Energy plans for you to compare and choose. Take advantage of Champion’s pricing and customer service today. Enter your zip code at the top of this page, or click the image below and find your perfect Champion Energy plan today.

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With the power to choose any energy plan on the market, it can be overwhelming to weigh out all your options.

Some energy companies make the process even more difficult by hiding the heaviest fees in the fine print of their plans.

In order to make the best decision, you need information that is relevant to you – unbiased, straightforward, and honest information.

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Say goodbye to the cumbersome user interface of PowertoChoose.org

The Public Utility Commission of Texas designed an entire website to help customers through the process of choosing an energy company.

But this bare-bones service doesn’t cater to the individual or simplify the power to choose. It’s just more of the same information overload that confuses so many people in the first place!

Out of frustration with this, ComparePower was born.

Here you’ll find every fact you need to shop for the cheapest electricity in Texas without any of the pressure or misinformation that comes loaded into a sales-pitch of going to the different provider websites individually.

Taking the headache out of sorting through mountains of information makes choosing the perfect energy plan a simpler process for everyone.

 

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Comparing energy plans requires the ability to see what they all have in common. But in a deregulated market, it’s tough to match plans side-by-side because they’re all so different.

Compare Power introduces a much-needed comparison portal that puts electric plans up against one another on a level playing field, much like Kayak.com or Expedia.com help you search for flights across all the different airlines.

With provider’s sales strategies of usage-based fees, fixed or variable rates, cash-back programs, and more types of alluring reward plans, it’s hard to figure out exactly what you’ll be paying.

We put these energy plans up against one another, head to head, in our apples-to-apples comparison platform.  Everything’s in one place.

The clutter of the deregulated energy market has been picked apart for you.  You’ll easily find the best deals without having to spend time clicking around and reading navigating through the gimmicks.

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Seeing the Bigger Picture

Energy companies advertise their lowest pricing because it is the most attractive – not because it’s the most realistic.

These rates are usage-based, so unless your home is huge, you’ll likely never use enough electricity to get the pricing they advertise.  It’s important for you to realize this.

ComparePower lets you conveniently see every plan available at the three different average usage-levels displayed on facts labels: 500 kWh, 1000 kWh, and 2000 kWh.

You pick the level that applies to you and shop accordingly.  Rockstar, right?

You’ll also have instant access to the Electricity Facts Label (EFL) and Terms of Service (TOS) for every plan you find.

You’ll never lose track of what plan you were looking at.  We’ll provide everything you need to shop for the cheapest electricity in Texas, all on one screen, all in one place.

 

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For one, it’s Free.  And better still,  there is no bias and there are no hidden motives.  Just a magical platform of unbiased comparison information to make finding and selecting your ideal electric rate simple.

Choosing a less expensive energy plan is one of the fastest ways to start saving money on your electric bill, and finding the cheapest electricity in Texas has never been easier.

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1 Residential rate is for the Oncor service area at 1000 kWh usage.