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TXU Energy Ultimate Summer Pass
The Ultimate Summer Pass is TXU’s latest energy offering in a long line of energy plans featuring free electricity.
If you’re reading this, you probably heard or saw an ad from TXU promoting its latest plan and are wondering if this plan is right for your home.
We’ll break down the details and provide tips and tools to help you make an informed energy decision for your household.
Is Ultimate Summer Pass right for your home?
We usually advise our readers against “free-time” electricity plans as they tend to cost more in the long run than standard fixed-rate plans.
However, with energy prices skyrocketing this summer, TXU’s Ultimate Summer Pass might save you some money, particularly if you have a large home with high energy usage.
If you have a pool and multiple air conditioning units and like your home nice and cool, this plan is designed to help you save in the summer months.
TXU does offer a 60-day satisfaction guarantee for new customers. If you aren’t satisfied with the Ultimate Summer Pass plan, TXU lets you cancel or switch to another plan without a fee.
Discounts and free electricity could be a game-changer for you, but you need to shop with your home’s actual electricity usage to make sure the Ultimate Summer pass is a good choice for you.
This is because you want to take an entire year’s worth of electricity usage into consideration when choosing an energy plan for your home.
If you live in a smaller space that relies on electric heating in the winter, Ultimate Summer Pass could cost you significantly more throughout the year.
Compare Ultimate Summer Pass pricing with fixed-rate plans, so you know which plan will help you to save the most on electricity throughout the year.
Comparing energy plans and prices with your home’s unique historical usage profile is the best way to save on energy in Texas.
Before buying into the advertising hype, input your electricity usage on ComparePower, and we’ll show you a detailed pricing breakdown for every plan.
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Note: The easiest way to get 12 months of usage history is to log into your provider dashboard. You can also create an account with Smart Meter Texas, where you can get usage readings for your home in 15-minute intervals.
What is TXU Ultimate Summer Pass?
Ultimate Summer Pass is also known as a “time-of-use” plan. With time-of-use plans, you get a discount, or even free electricity, during certain times of the day or year.
These discounts can stack up to actual savings, but only if you can shift your usage to the times when you are getting a discount.
With Ultimate Summer Pass, TXU offers a 50% discount from June through September. Summer packs in the heat here in Texas, and most people see their highest electricity bills during these months.
The icing on the cake with the Ultimate Summer Pass comes from free electricity on the month’s three hottest days.
Feel free to crank up the air conditioning and keep yourself nice and comfortable inside without worrying about seeing a big bill at the end of the month.
How does TXU Ultimate Summer Pass work?
The Ultimate Summer Pass plan from TXU is a time-of-use plan, meaning you get discounted electricity during certain times throughout the year.
Ultimate Summer Pass was created to give you discounts during the summer to keep your electricity bill lower during the months that traditionally see higher bills.
From June 1st at midnight until September 30th at 11:59 pm, TXU discounts your electricity.
Important: This discount only applies to the energy charge on your bill.
During the summer months, TXU cuts the energy charge portion of your bill from 21.1 cents per kWh in the Oncor area to around 10.5 cents per kWh.
The other parts of your bill, including the Base and Transmission and Distribution (TDU) charges, are not discounted with the plan.
Free hottest days
On top of the discount on your electricity charge, TXU also gives you free electricity on the three hottest days of each month.
These days are picked based upon the reports from local weather stations that TXU has picked out.
TXU looks at your usage to pick your free days if multiple days are at the same temperature.
Important: TXU discounts the energy charge to zero for the free days. TDU charges still apply.
Additional charges and fees
Alongside your energy charge, you’ll find a Base and TDU delivery charge on your bill.
TXU collects a base charge of $9.95 regardless of the monthly electricity you use.
The TDU charge depends on which company services the area that you live in. The TDU charge for the Oncor area, covering the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, is currently 3.89 cents per kWh. Oncor also collects a base charge of $3.42 each month.
The Ultimate Summer Pass plan also has an early termination fee of $150 if you have to end the plan before your contract expires.
Before signing up, make sure you shop with your home’s unique usage profile to avoid high bills and the need to end your contract early.
Digging into the Terms of Service, TXU lists additional fees for agents assisting with payments, late payments, insufficient funds, document processing, disconnect notices sent, disconnect recoveries, and serial payments made during the month.
If you regularly need help with payments or pay your bill in small chunks, you might consider a different electricity plan to avoid these fees.
How much does Ultimate Summer Pass cost?
TXU currently lists the Ultimate Summer Pass at 22.5 cents per kWh at 1000 kWh monthly usage in the Oncor service area, which includes the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
TXU currently lists the Ultimate Summer Pass at 22.9 cents per kWh at 1000 kWh monthly usage for Centerpoint, which includes the Houston metro service area.
Based on our calculations, the Ultimate Summer Pass gives you approximately an 18% discount throughout the year if you use the same amount of electricity each month.
– June to September = 122 days
– 122 days – 12 free days = 110 days
– 110 days / 365 days ~ 15% of the year
– 12 free days / 365 days ~ 3% of the year
– 15% + 3% = 18% discount during the year
Important: TXU includes the discounts in the advertised 22.5 cents per kWh price for the Oncor area. You will NOT see an additional discount on your electricity usage.
No one uses 1000 kWh every month, as in the example above. Your usage will change with the seasons.
If you are considering signing up for the Ultimate Summer Pass, make sure you shop with your home’s actual usage on ComparePower to see if you will benefit from the discounts.
Are you similar to the average Texan? According to eia.gov, the average Texan paid 12.8 cents per kWh for electricity in 2021.
With average usage of 1,132 kWh per month, the average Texas electricity bill would be right around $144.90 each month.
With the weather in Texas swinging each season, your usage and electricity bill can change as quickly as the weather.
Remember that these average numbers are taken from statewide data and that your usage could be drastically different based on the size and age of your home, your appliances, and your electricity usage habits.
Ultimate Summer Pass
Compared to the Texas average, the Ultimate Summer Pass is more expensive at 22.5 cents per kWh advertised at 1000 kWh usage.
If you input 1,132 kWh of usage on ComparePower, you’ll see that the Ultimate Summer Pass pricing drops slightly to 22.3 cents per kWh. However, your bill would still be $252.55 each month at that usage.
That’s almost 75% more than the average Texan paid last year on electricity bills.
Your electricity bill could be significantly more expensive than the Texas average if you signed up for TXU’s Ultimate Summer Pass, especially if your usage doesn’t match the discounts.
Is the electricity actually free?
You might wonder if there is any catch for getting the three hottest days each month free on TXU’s Ultimate Summer Pass plan.
While TXU does discount your energy charge to zero cents these days, unfortunately, you won’t be getting electricity for free.
Regardless of TXU’s discount, your utility will charge you for electricity.
Oncor currently charges 3.89 cents per kWh, so you’ll still see a charge for electricity on your bill. Oncor also charges $3.42 each month regardless of the electricity you use.
Making matters even worse, TXU charges $9.95 monthly to use the Ultimate Summer Pass plan.
Even with the discounts from TXU, you’ll find TDU charges on your monthly bill for your electricity usage.
TXU Ultimate Summer Pass alternatives
How does TXU Energy Ultimate Summer Pass compare with similar free-time electricity plans?
In our opinion, TXU’s Ultimate Summer Pass is your best option for a plan that includes some form of free electricity during the year.
With other Free Nights & Weekends energy plans, you must shift most of your electricity usage to the night or weekend to take advantage of the savings. This means a major lifestyle change for most people if they want to see an impact on their bills.
With Ultimate Summer Pass, you don’t have to change your lifestyle to take advantage of the discounts during the summer. No need to do your laundry or dishes after the sun goes down.
Also, check out TXU’s Season Pass.
TXU Energy plans and rates
11 Texas Electric Rates
|Plan Name||Plan Length||Rate|
|TXU Energy - Clear Deal 12||12 months||$0.252 / kWh|
|TXU Energy - Clear Deal 24||24 months||$0.265 / kWh|
|TXU Energy - Flex Forward||1 months||$0.219 / kWh|
|TXU Energy - Free Nights & Solar Days 12||12 months||$0.222 / kWh|
|TXU Energy - Saver's Discount 12||12 months||$0.199 / kWh|
|TXU Energy - Saver's Discount 24||24 months||$0.209 / kWh|
|TXU Energy - Season Pass 12||12 months||$0.218 / kWh|
|TXU Energy - Simple Rate 12||12 months||$0.215 / kWh|
|TXU Energy - Solar Saver 12||12 months||$0.215 / kWh|
|TXU Energy - Solar Value 12||12 months||$0.254 / kWh|
|TXU Energy - Ultimate Summer Pass 12||12 months||$0.218 / kWh|
These live rates for Oncor Electric Delivery service area were updated on . Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 2000 kWh.