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Many people are in a contract and are wondering how to get out of it.

Others just want a reminder to shop on ComparePower when their contract is coming to a close.

If you’re already in a contract, we can help you.

Are you switching providers?

By Texas law, you can switch out of your contract up to 14 days early of your contract end date without penalty.

And, many providers on ComparePower will let you lock the rates you see today for a start date 60-90 days in the future.

Review your bill to determine when your contract ends. You may need to call your energy provider to find out if it’s not listed on your bill.

Be careful not to renew or sign another contract with your current provider without first shopping on ComparePower.

You can usually get a much better deal if you switch.

We often get promotional rates available for customers not already with a certain provider – meaning you will likely need to switch providers to get these deals.

Switching electricity providers is easy to do, and shouldn’t stop you from making a switch for savings.

Fill out the form below if you want an email reminder for when your contract is about to expire.

Are you moving soon?

If you are moving, you can terminate your contract without any penalty as well. You do NOT have to transfer your current rate plan to your new home.

Energy companies will try to get you to transfer your service instead of canceling, but they cannot force you to do so.

So, shop your options when you move before simply transferring service. Moving is a perfect opportunity to get out of a bad electricity rate plan!

Should you cancel your current electricity contract early?

If you’re in a contract that doesn’t end soon, find out what fees you’d be subject to for switching early.

Sometimes the savings you can find on ComparePower can more than offset the cost to cancel early.

It may be worthwhile to cancel your current contract, pay the cancellation fees, and enroll in a plan where the savings make up for the cost to terminate your contract.

Contact us here if you need help.

We can remind you when it’s time to shop.

Want us to remind you of when your contract ends, so you can find a better deal?

Use the form below and we will notify you of the best rates when your contract is coming to an end.

When you use ComparePower, we’ll keep all these important documents in your ComparePower account, where you can instantly access these details.

Be careful not to renew or sign another contract with your current provider without first checking ComparePower to shop across numerous providers.

You will likely find a better deal by switching companies than by renewing with your current company.

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If you have any questions…

…or if you want help determining if canceling and paying the cancellation fee could actually save you money over the long run, contact us here.

 

Searching for the best electric rates and plans in Texas?

Here’s why Powertochoose.org could end up costing you more than just time.

Any product, company, or organization names, marks or logos shown on this page are the property of their respective owners. ComparePower is an unaffiliated, independent marketplace.

They’ll let anyone in the door…

Powertochoose.org: The State of Texas’ Public Utility Commission has created this website that lists nearly every electric plan available in Texas. When we last checked, we found over 260 plans from 64 different providers. While at first, this may sound like a good place to search for your electric plan, the lack of provider screening and the single-purpose nature of this website may actually land you with a plan you wish you’d never signed up for.

As a State-run website, their service is open to every single energy provider registered to compete in the deregulated Texas electricity marketplace. Who are all these companies, you might ask? Who knows! They could have started the business a month ago. PowerToChoose lists an Energy Score Card – but all that relates to is the number of complaints “per capita” – the number of formal PUC complaints filed per active customer.

Powertochoose allows every registered REP (Retail Electric Provider) to list their plans on the website… even the companies who have just started in business and may be very likely to fail.  And while you usually get notice and can find an alternate supplier, you could be left with a ridiculously high-priced plan from the local Provider of Last Resort (POLR) if your provider does actually go belly-up.

And how many of these random companies are going to have the infrastructure in place to handle a huge influx of customers? In fact, both OnPac energy actually decided to pull their plans down from powertochoose because they could not handle the giant rush of customers signing up for the plans they listed on powertochoose.org.

Because there is no screening of the providers offered on the PUC website, they leave you on your own for ensuring you sign up with a company that’s likely to stay in business and has the infrastructure in place to provide excellent customer service.

Look for providers your friends may be using or those you’ve heard good things about. They’ve probably been around for a while. They probably know what it takes to survive in a very competitive market:  Great customer service, competitive pricing, and legitimate business practices.

 

The Almighty “Electricity Facts Label”

The most powerful documents available to you when shopping for electricity in the Texas are the Electricity Facts Label and the Terms of Service.  These two documents contain valuable information about the plan you are considering, and every energy provider must disclose the information in these documents in a similar format.

The problem with powertochoose.org is in how these documents are accessed. Every time you want to see a facts label or the terms of service on that site, you’ll have to navigate to another webpage. This means the document loads in a new tab or in a new browser window. If that’s not annoying, I don’t what is. And if keeping track of numerous open windows isn’t enough, having to go back and forth between them while shopping is tough. How can you keep track of which plan you were viewing when you have 8 different windows open, all related to different plans?

 

Getting back to consumer-focused service

There is no choice history, nothing personalized for you, nothing beyond a price list.

So let’s say you successfully sift through 250+ plans from 64+ companies, all fighting for that top position on pricing. You find a provider that suits your needs and you sign up. Now what?  You’re on your own. The State site is done with you.

You’re linked off and there is no record of what you chose, how much you paid, or evidence of the plans agreements that were posted at the time of your signup. You get to start all over at the provider website by entering your zip code yet again, navigating another confusing pricing structure, and try to find that same plan you signed up for.

This would be like shopping on expedia.com, finding your flight, choosing to buy it, and then having to start the entire process all over again at the airline site, hoping that your flight is still there and that the pricing is still the same.

 

No screening, poor report card

How often do you call up the government to tell them about your great experiences?  The PUC site simply displays a complaint ratio of total customers to the number of complaints. Where are the actual details of the complaints?  How about those with positive experiences? They’re nowhere to be found.

You’re probably interested in what others have to say – both good and bad, not just a generic “star” rating without any details, right?  It’s important to research these numerous power companies from multiple angles.  Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, Verified customer reviews… all of these can help you better assess what you’re signing up for.

 

Overcoming these pitfalls is a click away

Fortunately, there is a much better option for quickly comparing the numerous electric providers and plans without a potential headache offered up at the PUC website.

ComparePower offers a unique experience that will help make your life as a deregulated energy consumer much easier and straightforward.

Pre-screened providers and rate plans

Find the very best providers and their very best plans. You won’t have to wade through advertising gimmicks and make 27 phone calls to discover your cheapest electric rate from a reputable provider.

Facts Labels and Terms of Service are embedded. When you want to review one of these important documents, you will see it right there next to the plan you are reviewing. No new windows. No Popups. Simple and easy.

You-centric.  Keep track of your choices over time and store these important plan documents in your account, safe and sound. Keep track of your usage history if you’d like, which will help you find the lowest electric rate for your average usage level when it’s time to signup again in the future.

Review company information of the electric providers and read real consumer reviews. Access summaries of social and community feedback on the various energy companies all in one place without hunting around on the Internet.

The key to getting the very best electric rate for your unique situation is educating yourself on the different facets of the deregulated energy industry. Whether we like it or not, this industry is a bit confusing, and it’s not getting any simpler. Educate yourself on how all this stuff works and use ComparePower’s consumer-centric comparison service to find a reputable, trusted supplier at the best possible rate.

 

Conclusion: Your turn to act.

Enter your zip code at the top of this page to enjoy a real apple-to-apples comparison marketplace that exposes all the gimmicks and helps you make the best decision possible with the least amount of time invested.

Finding your cheapest electric rate, explained!

Looking to lower your electricity rate? This video shows you how to do it in record time with the help of ComparePower, a free service for consumers of electricity in areas where they have a choice in who provides their energy.

You’re not paying more for electricity than your neighbor is, are you?

Look, you probably know that comparing electric providers and signing up for a new rate plan can save you a lot of money.

But with all the tricky ads, teaser rates, and confusing terms out there, it’s hard to figure out which plan gives you the biggest bang for your buck.

Imagine taking the competing electric companies, with their fancy ads, complicated terms, and confusing pricing, and boiling their plans down into the things that really matter to you…the consumer… the one paying for this stuff.

That’s what ComparePower helps you do. We provide a free resource for quickly finding your best electric rate without any of the headaches.

You can easily spend hours, even days, researching and comparing various electric providers when searching for your perfect plan, reading through the fine print and decoding all the details.

With ComparePower, this process takes less than 10 minutes.

We’ve already done the homework so you don’t have to make all the phone calls, wade through the gimmicks, and read countless documents searching for hidden fees.

We carefully evaluate the electric companies and find those with the best rates, terms, and customer feedback, and we put their all-inclusive pricing into a simple format that’s easy to understand.

This free information is updated live on our website, 24 hours a day.

And after you’ve signed up, ComparePower keeps working.

We constantly lookout for changing rates, and we’ll alert you when it’s time to come back for a better deal.

Enter your zip code, compare your choices, and quickly land on your perfect plan.

Three steps and you’re done. Back to your day…confident that you aren’t overpaying.

Enter your zip code below to compare today’s live pricing from the different competing electric companies:

 

Deregulation is a Game Changer.  Do you really want to gamble with the price you’ll pay for your electricity?

Are you rolling the dice when it comes to getting a Cheap Electric Rate in the newly deregulated Sharyland Service area?

Some Sharyland electricity service areas (specifically Brady, Celeste, Colorado City, and Stanton service areas) have been deregulated and that’s left you with a lot of questions…

“Do I have to go with a retail provider?”

“How can I find the cheapest electricity rates in my area?”

Deregulation does involve a learning curve.  It means you will need to be more proactive and involved in your billing management because it’s not just the one company any more.

As the saying goes, “When there’s only one dealer, it’s house rules.”  That meant you got the bill, you paid the bill, and that’s all there was to it.  A regulated industry meant Sharyland Utilities did the controlling.  You had no say in anything, much less over how much you paid.

Deregulating certain Sharyland electricity service areas means a huge amount of upheaval at the beginning while everybody gets themselves sorted out but, ultimately, Sharyland electricity providers that provide a superior service at an excellent rate will rise while those who don’t,  won’t.

It also means that you have more power as a customer to choose:

  • a company based on how much green energy they use
  • a company that does not import power from outside the state or the company
  • a fixed-rate plan that sets the rate for a period of time regardless how the industry is performing as a whole.
  • a short-term or month-to-month plan so you’re not locked in

In the end, Sharyland electricity will be available to all residents of the deregulated Sharyland electricity service area at a rate they can afford.

 

Here’s where you gamble with Sharyland electricity rates

Las Vegas, Nevada, is famous for its electricity: the energy, the excitement, the entertainment, and naturally the gambling.  When you go to Vegas, you bring along a budget specifically for gambling, ideally money you can afford to lose, and you go rarely, as a special trip.

Home in Texas, “electricity” is something else entirely: it’s your favorite TV show, a home-cooked meal, and a cool home on a hot day.  Are you really okay gambling with your household budget each and every month?   Now that you live in a Sharyland electricity service area that has been deregulated, you just might be doing that!

Up to now, you’ve been dealing with one company for all your power-generating and distribution needs. Under deregulation, Sharyland Utilities, while still around, is more in the back seat:

  • Problem with the electricity coming to your home?   Call Sharyland Utilities.
  • Problem with the bill?   Call your Retail Electric Provider (also called an “REP”).
  • Problem with the electricity inside your home?  Well, that’s when you call an electrician.

Under the rules of deregulation, staying with Sharyland Utilities isn’t an option.  If you fail to choose an REP, then one will be chosen for you. This is like you in a Las Vegas casino handing your cards over to the dealer for play. Maybe you’ll benefit… probably you won’t.

The available pool of default electric providers consists of seven candidates, ranging from Champion, who topped J D Power and Associates’ 2013 Customer Satisfaction poll for Texas energy providers (that’s the fourth year running!) down to TXU, currently down near the bottom and notorious for their high prices.

When you are assigned to a default REP, you’re put on a month-to-month plan, meaning that your rate will go up and down and you won’t actually know how much you’re being charged per kilowatt-hour until you open the bill.  You won’t know if there is a charge for not having autopay on your account, for using telephone customer service, for paying by credit or debit card, all kinds of fun things could show up on the bill  – “Ladies and gentlemen, faites vos jours!”

 

So, how do you find the cheapest electricity rates in the Sharyland electricity service area?

But how would you even go about finding the cheapest electricity rates in Brady, Celeste, Colorado City, Stanton, Mission, McAllen, etc?

  • You could get the list of default REPs.
  • You could take time out of your day to call each and every one
  • You could put up with high-pressure sales tactics, customer services agents still fresh on the job, and misleading information
  • You could hope that you’ve covered all the information you need to know
  • You could hope you’re making the right choice.

On the other hand, you could enter your zip code, make a couple of quick clicks, and immediately see the REPs that are available in your area and that will suit your needs.

You’ll have access to the Terms of Service and the Facts Label.  Read them carefully and you’ll have all the information you need to know.  Better yet, you’ll see clearly where you need to question them more closely (hint:  look for phrases like “other fees or charges may apply”).  The cheapest electricity rates in the Sharyland electricity service area will be a lot quicker to find if you know how to avoid wasting time calling those who simply will not suit.

Don’t let someone else make your play for you. Enter your zip code to get the pricing and plan details you need for a winning strategy.

 

In some ways, a “Regulated” power industry is simple to deal with – they tell you how much you will pay and when your bill will arrive and you either say “okay” or you get yourself a couple of generators or a really complicated treadmill.

All jokes aside…being in a regulated power market means you’re at the mercy of the electricity provider when it comes to rates – you don’t have the power to choose even the slightest aspect of your electricity supply.

If you think the rate is too high or you’d maybe like to see more renewable energy sources, well… sorry. You don’t have many options when you’re in a regulated energy market.

 

What’s different about Deregulated energy in Texas?

Now, deregulation is a fine thing when it comes to increased market competition, flexibility for the consumer, and giving the consumer the power to choose when it comes to how their power will be generated, but it also means that the Texas power landscape suddenly got a whole lot more complicated!

Before, it was a simple arrangement where one company handled everything: power generation, distribution, and retailing. Now, it’s all fragmented. In Texas, power generation is handled by “these” companies; distribution (the wires and poles) is managed by “those” companies, and the Retail Electric Providers handle the reselling.

Instead of one major corporation handling “Everything Electric”, now you have to know whom to call and when:

 

For account and billing-related problems, you call your Retail Electric Provider.

TXU Energy, Direct Energy, Reliant, and Green Mountain Energy are examples of well-established Texas power retailers.

 

For power outages that are affecting the neighborhood, you call your Utility

Oncor Electric Service, Centerpoint Energy, AEP, and Texas New Mexico Power.  Unlike the resale end of things, you have no say in who’s handling the distribution – those areas are fixed, as you can see in this map put out by the Public Utility Commission.

 

For a power outage that affects your home only, you call an electrician.

Because of deregulation in Texas, power generation and sales have been completely shaken up from end to end.  It’s no longer a matter of paying “the rate”  – you might be on a longer-term, flat-rate contract or, most commonly, you might be on a plan where the rate varies periodically.  There are three general categories of electric plans:

Fixed-rate plans – exactly what it sounds like:  for the duration of your contract, you pay the same rate.  If rates go higher than yours, you save money.  If rates drop lower, you don’t.

  • Variable-rate – a variable rate plan changes from month to month based on the cost of generating electricity. You won’t know what you’re paying until the end of the month.  This can lead to a nasty surprise or a pleasant one.  You won’t know until you open the envelope.  The formula used to calculate the rate is crazy-complicated but it will be posted somewhere on your REP’s website or in the documentation.
  • Indexed rate plans – this is a variable rate plan on steroids that is rarely available.  If someone is trying to sell you an indexed rate plan, be aware that the price is tied to a commodity – usually natural gas – so prices can really jump around insanely.

 

Conclusion: Educate yourself and find savings and service

The best way to get into the plan that meets your needs is to educate yourself.  ComparePower is here to help you understand the market and how it impacts your choice when looking for the cheapest light company for your home or business.

You wouldn’t blindly sign up for a cell phone plan or a car loan without knowing all the details, would you?

Yet, each and every day, people sign up with a cheap electricity company without fully understanding what it is to which they’ve agreed.

They see the glittering promise of cheap electricity and jump at it like magpies on a shiny pebble only to get hammered with the cold, wet fish of reality when the bill comes in.

ComparePower is an example of a website that provides you with excellent information – but you have to know what it is you’re looking at.  Why is Company A’s rate so much lower than Company B’s?

Here’s what you need to know, neat and sweet, about cheap electricity:

You’re not just paying for the kilowatt-hours.   Your Retail Electric Provider will also have other fees and charges you’ll be expected to cover, one way or another.  Your bill might include any or all of the following charges:

  • delivery of your electricity
  • dropping below a minimum usage
  • using certain methods of payment
  • accessing telephone customer service
  • not having autopay set up
  • paper billing
  • using renewable energy sources

Now you know why, even though Company A’s rate is so much lower than Company B’s, it still might wind up costing you more.

This holds particularly true if Company B doesn’t charge for what would normally be just part of doing business, such as paying by credit card or requiring a customer service agent to sort out the mess you’ve created by trying to do it yourself online.

When a cheap electricity company advertises incredibly low rates, they’re making up the difference somewhere.  No company starts up a business intending to lose money.

Other points to keep in mind:

  • Beware of the “vanishing discount”

    • Watch for the heavily-promoted rate turns out to be merely an “introductory offer” that disappears very quickly (even without notice) or else requires a certain usage level.  Make sure you find out when that discount disappears and make a note of it somewhere prominent.
  • Ask your friends and relatives

    • if they mind you looking at their electric bill, especially if they say they’re with a cheap electricity company.
    • If their household and lifestyle are similar to yours, then your bill should be in the same ballpark.
    • If it is an itemized bill, it will have the per-kilowatt-hour; the delivery charge (which might be a flat rate or a blended rate with a flat rate base plus a per-kWh charge); and any line items all neatly spelled out.
    • If it’s a bundled rate, you’ll just see the aggregate total for the regular monthly charges plus any exceptional line items listed which may or may not apply.
  • Read both the facts label and the Terms of Service

    • While reading the Terms of Service, if there is mention of a fee or charge but it’s not specifically spelled out, make sure to call and ask.
    • Be honest with yourself about how such fees and charges might impact your bill – if you’re a chronic late payer, a late payment fee that’s double the competition is going to be something you want to factor in, as would a fee for payment by credit card if you put everything on plastic.
  • Watch out for contract terms

    • that kilowatt rate might be trying to trap you into a commitment for which you’re not ready.
    • It’s no good signing up for cheap electricity on a multi-year contract if you know you’re going to be moving in a year and then it’ll cost you to break the contract, cost you to disconnect the service, then cost you again to reconnect at your new home.
  • Watch for hidden fees

    • If you are not technologically savvy and frequently need Customer Service assistance, a company that charges to speak to an agent could send your bill over the top very quickly.

Conclusion:

Sometimes, the promise of cheap electricity is not the only factor when considering which electric plan to choose.

The good thing is that the power to choose is yours!

For all the information and some really great tips, browse around here and shop with all your newly acquired intel.

Prior to 2002, electricity plans in Texas fell into one of three categories: the electric company’s way, the way the electric company wanted it, and whatever the electric company said.

After deregulation, the Public Utility Commission of Texas decided that it was too complicated a system.

Now Retail Electric Providers (REPs) have one a few ways they structure their plans, each of which has different contract terms as well as its own advantages and disadvantages.

Fixed-Rate

The simplest plan is the Fixed Rate plan – this means that for the entire term of your contract, which is typically a minimum of three months but can go up to 24 months, your rate will not change.

This is easy for you because there’s no real guesswork involved – you know what your rate is going to be when you wake up tomorrow and next week and next month right up until your contract term ends.

Not so great if the rates drop and you end up paying more than everybody else, though, and of course you’re almost certain not to get the same rate if you re-up your contract. But you never know: you might luck into a lower rate.

Indexed rate

Then there’s the Indexed electric plan.

This one can be on a monthly or term basis with a rate that’s calculated by a formula (which they will gladly share with you) with the base being the public index or some other publicly available information.

Basically, if your rate is indexed to, say, the price of natural gas (which it often is), then it will go up and down in accordance with the cost of natural gas.

The formulas the companies use to determine your rate are simplicity itself, such as this one from a major REP where the price of a kilowatt-hour is:

[ Natural Gas Price ] x [ Seasonal Factor ]

+ Energy Charge

+ [ (Monthly charge + Monthly TDSP Meter Surcharge) ]  /  [Monthly bill kWh Use]

____

As you can see, it easily worked out in your head. Maybe.

As you have no doubt also noticed, it’s that whole “dependant on the price of natural gas” thing that can sour you on the whole deal.

During a recent heatwave, customers on Indexed plans saw their energy price double and even triple, totally wiping out the great savings they’d enjoyed up to that point.

Variable-rate

The third option is the Variable-rate plan, the one that surprises you every month.

Did it go up? Did it go down?

Even though the company generally isn’t obligated to notify you of any rate changes.

Historically the monthly variance hasn’t been excessive with Variable rate plans, so it may be a reasonable compromise between the locked-in stability of the Fixed Rate plan and the volatility of the Indexed plan.

Your choice, your power to choose

In Texas, the power to choose is yours and it depends, ultimately, on you: your personality, your preferences, and your spending habits.

If you’re a conservative type of person who likes to know exactly how much to budget each month, then the Fixed Rate is probably a better one for you.

If you’re a devil-may-care, put-the-pedal-to-the-metal type, go ahead and fly with the Indexed plan.

If you like a reasonable chance of savings with maybe not quite so much risk, then definitely you might like the Variable-rate plan.

Use ComparePower to research the available offers before you make your final selection – you can never go wrong with getting all the information you need for the best decision.

There is no question Texas is an inspiration to the rest of the nation these days, considering so many of the fastest-growing cities in the nation are within Texas state borders. But this rapid growth, beneficial as it is to the economy, comes at a heavy price – the electric grid is under an ever-increasing burden despite the fact that Texas leads the country in wind power generation.

Wind Turbine Windmill

According to the  US Department of Energy, Texas leads the way not just in energy production but also in energy consumption. In 2011, the average kWh per month in Texas was 473.58, compared to a national average of 380.5. The average kWh cost for Texas was 11.3 versus a national average of 12 cents – 0.7 may seem like a decent drop but when you look at the nearly 100 kWh difference in usage, there isn’t a whole lot of out-of-pocket saving. It’s important, not just for your pocketbook but for the nation and for the environment, to bring the rampaging overuse of electricity under control.

The first thing you want to do is conduct a home energy audit. Now, I don’t mean calling in the IRS – it’s not that kind of audit, although if it puts you in the mood and you can make it look good, feel free to don a black three-piece suit and sunglasses. Time to thank your grade school math teacher (or at least break out the calculator) because the formula for calculating kWh is:

(wattage × hrs per day used ) ÷ 1000 = daily consumption in kWh

Or you can just use that pencil and clipboard to tally up everything in your house and plug them into this handy-dandy little calculator.

Once you look at the result of the calculation, you’ll immediately see that hot water and climate control are the two largest drains on your power supply. Obviously, you’re not going to go taking an axe to your AC or kicking the water heater to the curb and switching to a plan with a lower average kWh cost maybe isn’t practical at this time, but, until it is, here are ten secrets to lowering your daily kWh consumption:

  1. Use your windows to your advantage: Keep your curtains wide open during the day and closed at night if the weather is cold, but do the opposite if the weather is hot. You want to keep the curtains closed during the day to block out the sun and you want to open them at night to radiate heat. You might even want to invest in special solar-ray blocking curtains.

  2. Use lower technology: fans are a great way to keep the air circulating and reduce the heat. If it’s not really that hot outside, shut off the AC and just keep the fans running.

  3. “It’s not the heat…”: And yeah – it’s the humidity. Use a dehumidifier and get some of that thickness sucked out of the air. When the air’s not so loaded, it’s easier to sweat and you’ll automatically feel cooler, which will allow you to bump up the AC a few notches.

  4. Using a clothes dryer should be against the law in Texas: use the natural fresh air and sunshine to your advantage and dry your laundry outdoors! Heck, why even use a stove or the oven when you can use a barbecue outside?

  5. Instead of showering and having to pay to heat up the tank again, either install an on-demand system or (why not?) hit the local swimming hole. Many people still have those old tube-style electronics, such as glass tube TVs and CRT monitors. Lose them and get in some energy-efficient LED or Plasma screens. In fact, with any piece of electronic equipment, if it’s running much hotter than it used to, that heat is electricity wafting away into the air on wings of greenbacks.

  6. Lose the incandescent bulbs and replace them with CFL. You’ll get the same light output at a fraction of the electricity.

  7. Even in hot weather, your house needs to be well insulated to keep temperatures right where they ought to be.

  8. Go online and check out the many DIY solar batch preheaters – in general, they use the sun to heat your water before it hits your tank. If the water is already hot when it goes into the water heater, the water heater doesn’t need to come on (or at least come on for quite as long). An added bonus is you have increased your hot water capacity – for free! Always make sure you research local building codes and, if necessary, get the consent of your landlord.

  9. Instead of filling a sink with hot water to wash the dishes, then draining it so you can fill it again to rinse or, worse, washing your dishes under a running tap, follow this method:

  • Fill a Tupperware container with water, load it with dish soap, then squeeze in a sponge.
  • Wet down the dishes under the tap quickly while brushing off food residue, then shut off the water.
  • Use the sponge to wash the dishes – just leave them soapy
  • Once they’re all done, run the tap and rinse everything quickly using a spray attachment.
  • Voila – a whole sink of dishes washed and dried in a sanitary fashion using less than half a sink of water!

Reduce your electricity consumption by following these ten tips and, over the long run, your wallet will thank you and so will your poor, overworked electric grid!

Many people think that switching electricity providers is more trouble than it’s worth. You may have heard horror stories in the past, rumors of endless paperwork, having to call to disconnect, expensive switching fees, and unexpected power outages. This is simply not the case.

Switching Providers is Fast, Easy, and Painless

There’s no need to settle for a bad deal.

It’s easier than you may think to find the energy plan that’s right for you.

With the deregulation of the electricity market in Houston, there are a number of power companies in the greater metropolitan area competing for your business.

Still, even with all these choices available, you may find yourself stuck in a plan paying more than you care to, afraid that it may be too much of a hassle to switch to a better option.

Compare Electricity Rates in Houston and Switch Providers in Minutes.

If you’re dissatisfied with the amount you’re paying in energy costs every month, there are a few easy steps you can take to find a utility plan that best suits your home or business.

Here’s what you need to know to compare electricity rates in Houston and switch providers today

Your New Provider Will Handle Everything.

No “Break-up” Call with your Old Provider.

Switching electricity providers is fast and simple if you know what to do. The first piece of information you need to know is that ComparePower will take care of everything for you.

Many fear the dreaded “break-up” phone call.

Who would possibly want to take the time to explain to some customer service representative why you want to move to a better plan? Thankfully, this call is not necessary.

If you wish to switch electricity providers, all you need to do is place a simple, quick order here at ComparePower.

No phone calls necessary.

Give some basic personal information, provide the home or business address the plan is for, and select your electric service start date.

All you need to do after that is sit back and save.

Of course, finding the right plan in the first place can prove time-consuming.

That’s why ComparePower displays all the best plans with the best rates in a standard, easy-to-use platform. You won’t have to search through countless advertisements on dozens of different sites.

ComparePower is a free, unbiased service, listing the best deals in your area by respected and trusted providers. You can easily organize and shop for energy according to your individual preferences.

Your Power Won’t Go Out

There’s no risk in switching providers. If you decide to leave your current energy company to find a better deal, you don’t need to worry about your power suddenly going out.

It’s against the law in Texas for a suppler to shut off a consumer’s electricity simply because they decided to switch.

State lawmakers included this safeguard when they worked to deregulate the energy market.

It’s also important to keep in mind that the utility provider you purchase your power from is typically separate from the company that handles the distribution and transmission of the energy from the grid to your home or business.

The distribution and transmission utility has no stake as to which supplier you take your business to.

If you use ComparePower to find your best electricity plan, there no catch. There are no hidden fees. No bias.

ComparePower’s service ensures that you’re free to shop around and compare rates with ease and peace of mind.

Your Turn to Switch Electric Companies…

The average user of ComparePower saves more than 25% when switching their electricity plan. Finding a great energy plan should be free, fast, and simple – and now it finally is. Enter your zip code above to compare electricity rates in Houston quickly and easily.

Saving money on electricity: 5 ways that you’ll wish you’d seen sooner
Saving on energy costs is easier than cutting back in many other areas of your lifestyle. Implement these 5 best practices to start saving money for your household without having to pinch pennies.

Texas is a huge state with diverse weather conditions across its many regions. But there’s something every resident of the state deals with…

 

The insane heat during the summer.

Cooling your home is a huge portion of your monthly electricity bill, so here are some ways to reduce the amount of money you spend on electricity every month.

 

Here are 5 quick ways to quickly realizing energy cost savings:

 

1. Find a Cheaper Energy Provider

For those of you in deregulated energy markets, there are hundreds of options available for consumers to choose your energy provider. Depending on the plan you choose, you might be paying more than your neighbor for access to the same source of electricity.

ComparePower is the go to tool for customers to find energy plans that are the best for their situation. No gimmicks, no sales, just information.

Simple navigation makes comparing available plans for your region a breeze. With a single click, every important document – Electricity Fact Labels, Terms of Service, and Your Rights as a Customer – are all in front of you in one place.

There are countless ways to improve your energy efficiency at home, but if you want to make your electricity bill cheaper in one rapid, hard hitting move, it might be more efficient to consider switching your provider in favor of a cheaper electric plan. Find out more today at ComparePower and start saving sooner.

 

2. Weather Stripping

One of the best and easiest ways to keep your house cool is to prevent air from getting in or out.

Spending all that energy on air-conditioning doesn’t do much if that conditioned air leaves your house.

A common way to prevent this is by weather-stripping your windows and doors. Installing pre-weatherstripped doors and windows can have benefits beyond insulation, including water-damage prevention and keeping entry-ways cleaner.

 

3. Thermostat Management

Tiny variations in your thermostat can make a huge difference in the cost of your electricity bill.

On the hottest days, most people crank up the AC, which accounts for most expensive energy bills.

Though it may take some willpower, keeping the thermostat above 78 degrees will greatly reduce your energy use. For every degree of difference over 78, your AC has to use almost 5% more energy!

 

4. Window Treatments

In Texas, the sun can fry an egg.

Installing shades, blinds, or other types of window treatments is a great way to keep the hot sun from your cool den.

The most effective place for window treatments are on windows that face South or West, where the sun lingers the longest. Preventing the sun from getting in can be more useful than fighting its effects.

 

5. LED or Fluorescent Bulbs

Another great way to keep your electricity bill down is to change the type of lighting you use at home.

Low-wattage light fixtures have a two-fold benefit: they use less energy and create less heat. Fluorescent and LED  lights are designed with energy efficiency in mind, so switching the type of bulb you use at home can bring the temperature and overall electricity use down.

 

What do you think? Let us know!

Have you personally implemented any of these “best practices” for saving on your energy consumption?  What else have you done to lower your power costs?  Let us know with an email. We’d love to hear from you!