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How to Compare Plans to find the Best Electricity Rates in Texas

Looking for the best electricity rates in Texas? Use our guide to find the best power prices for you, the Top 10 electricity plans in your area, and info on how to compare plans.

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Best Power Prices in Houston (Centerpoint Area)

Best Power Prices in Dallas Fort Worth (Oncor Area)

Corpus Christi Best Electricity Rates (AEP-Central)

What does “Best Electricity Plan” Mean?

First off, we need to define what the best electricity plan is. Then we can talk about how to find the best energy rate for your house.

When shopping for electricity for your home, here are the things that you should think about:

  • Contract term: Typical contract terms are 6, 12, 24 months. Watch for odd term contracts in the winter and spring. These are contracts that offer great value and may move you to a different renewal month.
  • Type of plan: Most Texas consumers pick fixed rate electricity plans.
  • Features: Some plans have added extras like 100% green energy or a free Nest Thermostat. Are those important to you?
  • Price per kWh: When most people talk about getting the best electricity plan or the best electricity rate, they usually mean the best rate per kWh.

Here’s where it gets tricky. And it’s why we recommend basic fixed rate electricity plans.

Sometimes it looks like you’re getting the best rate for your electricity plan. And then you get the bill — and it’s a lot more than you expected. That’s because many providers price to look “good” at a certain usage level like 1000 or 2000 kWh. But if your usage is outside that specific level, you’ll end up paying a higher price.

If you want to shop for bill credit or tiered rate plans, here are three tips:

  • Use Electricity Bill Calculator. We’ll calculate every plan for you, at any usage level. Look at rates using your highest and lowest usage, plus your average. That will give you the best information on how much you will pay with each plan.
  • Read our easy plan summaries. We highlight what the key usage requirements are for each plan.
  • Read the plan details. We break down the math, which is especially important on bill credit and tiered rate plans.

For the best electricity rates, we recommend basic fixed rate plans.

They’re easy and straight-forward pricing means there are no gimmicks and no hidden surprises. To shop basic electricity rates, just select “Basic Electricity Plans” in the Advanced Search section. Boom. Done. Easy.

If you want help shopping for an electricity plan, we offer this as a free service. Just fill in the PlanScan request form, letting us know your contract expiration date and what you are interested in. Upload a copy of your bill if you have it available. Within 24 hours we’ll send your custom recommendations, with our top 3 picks for best price.

Keep reading for our step by step process to find the best power prices for your home.

Below are some of the best electricity rates in Houston and Dallas. These rates are basic fixed rate plans — no tiered rates, no bill credits. We find that basic fixed rate plans are your best bet for consistent savings.

Some companies also offer a satisfaction guarantee that gives you 30-90 days to decide if the plan you selected is the right one for you. If you don’t like it, they’ll let you switch to another plan, or let you switch away with no early termination fee.

Top 10 Best Electricity Rates in Houston

Provider Plan Name Term Rate/kWh
Champion Energy Services Champ Saver 36 36 11.7 ¢ Details
Reliant Energy Reliant Basic Power 9 9 11.9 ¢ Details
Discount Power Value Plus 12 12 11.9 ¢ Details
Champion Energy Services Champ Silver 24 24 12.0 ¢ Details
Think Energy Think Simple 24 24 12.0 ¢ Details
Pulse Power Texas Fixed 36 36 12.1 ¢ Details
Champion Energy Services Champ Saver 24 24 12.1 ¢ Details
Think Energy Think Simple 12 12 12.1 ¢ Details
Discount Power Saver 24 24 12.3 ¢ Details
Champion Energy Services Green Energy 24 24 12.3 ¢ Details

Top 10 Best Electricity Rates in DFW

Provider Plan Name Term Rate/kWh
Champion Energy Services Champ Saver 36 36 10.8 ¢ Details
Discount Power Value Plus 12 12 11.1 ¢ Details
Champion Energy Services Champ Silver 24 24 11.1 ¢ Details
Champion Energy Services Champ Saver 24 24 11.2 ¢ Details
Pulse Power Texas Fixed 36 36 11.3 ¢ Details
Champion Energy Services Green Energy 24 24 11.4 ¢ Details
Think Energy Think Simple 24 24 11.4 ¢ Details
Reliant Energy Reliant Basic Power 9 9 11.5 ¢ Details
Discount Power Saver 24 24 11.5 ¢ Details
Direct Energy Veterans and Active Military 24 24 11.6 ¢ Details

Top 10 Best Electricity Rates in Corpus Christi & Brownsville

Provider Plan Name Term Rate/kWh
Champion Energy Services Champ Saver 36 36 11.5 ¢ Details
Champion Energy Services Champ Silver 24 24 11.6 ¢ Details
Champion Energy Services Champ Saver 24 24 11.7 ¢ Details
Discount Power Value Plus 12 12 11.7 ¢ Details
Pulse Power Texas Fixed 36 36 11.8 ¢ Details
Direct Energy Veterans and Active Military 24 24 11.9 ¢ Details
Reliant Energy Reliant Basic Power 9 9 11.9 ¢ Details
TriEagle Energy Eagle 36 36 11.9 ¢ Details
Champion Energy Services Green Energy 24 24 11.9 ¢ Details
MP2 Energy Electricity Plans 24 12 12.1 ¢ Details

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How to Find the Best Power Prices Near You (in Texas)

Here’s the step by step on how to find the best power prices for your Texas home. Shop by zip code and usage to find the best rates.

Time needed: 10 minutes.

How to find the best electricity rates in Texas.

  1. Search electricity providers by zip code.

  2. Select your monthly usage level

    Select the usage level closest to your monthly usage (500, 1000, 2000 kWh monthly). Or use the Electricity Bill Calculator to enter your own usage.

    electricity bill calculator texas

  3. Sort by Price

    Sort by price to find the cheapest electricity rate based on your zip code and usage. You can view rates per kWh or estimated monthly bill for each electricity rate.

  4. Review the Plan Details section

    We highlight any minimum usage or bill credits in the summary. And you will see all the math on how your bill is calculated so there’s no bill surprise.

  5. Enroll with the best electricity company!

    There’s no point paying more for electricity. Pick the electricity plan with the cheapest price for the term you want.

What are the Top 5 Best Electricity Companies in Texas?

Here are our recommendations for the best power providers in Texas. You’ll consistently find these providers in our list of featured plans. But always compare rates to get the best price.

  • Champion Energy (855-307-8616): excellent customer service. Discounted rates with our Champion Energy promo code. Promo code automatically applied.
  • Rhythm (877-649-0354): cheap green energy electricity plans, plus excellent referral program and 90-day satisfaction guarantee that lets you switch away with no penalty.
  • Frontier Utilities (855-209-0714): discounted rates vs. the big guys.
  • Payless Power (866-934-3451): best prepaid electricity plans.
  • Pulse Power (888-853-4218): low rates on basic and free nights electricity. Discounted rates with our Pulse Power promo code. Promo code automatically applied. Pulse Power also has a 90-day satisfaction guarantee that lets you switch to a different electricity plan with them if you change your mind.

We recommend “basic” electricity plans over tiered rate and bill credit plans. In our analysis, most consumers don’t save with gimmicky plans.

Best Power Plans for High Usage

The average home in Texas uses 1,200 kWh a month. But if your house is over 2,500 square feet or if you have a swimming pool, you may use significantly more than that.

Use our electricity bill calculator tool to find the best power plans for your high usage home.

Just enter your zip code, then enter your average monthly electricity usage in the Advanced Search. We’ll automatically calculate the price per kWh and the estimated monthly bill for every plan. Then just pick the electricity plan that gives you the best price based on your usage level.

Check our article on how to find the Average Electricity Bill in Texas for more info on electricity usage by size of house.

Best Power Plans for Low Usage

The best power plans for low usage include basic fixed rate plans, and also bill credit plans.

We always recommend shopping based on your average monthly electricity usage. That helps you find the best electricity plan for your small home.

If you don’t know your electricity usage, here are some guides. Have a small apartment around 700 square feet? You can assume that you use around 500 kWh a month. If you are in a small apartment of 700 to 1000 square fee, you can assume you use around 1000 kWh a month.

Check our article on how to find the Average Electricity Bill in Texas for more info on electricity usage by size of house.

Basic fixed rate plans are your safest bet. Look for the lowest price per kWh based on your usage.

If you have some additional time, look at bill credit and tiered rate plans. Look at the one-line description we’ve created for each plan. This description highlights the usage level that each plan is targeted to.

For example, you may want to look for an electricity plan that gives a bill credit for using 800-1300 kWh. Just know that your price per kWh will be higher for any months outside that usage level.

How Does Usage Affect My Electricity Price?

Knowing your home’s power usage is key to getting the best price for your power.

For example, most retail energy companies display average price per kWh at 2000 kWh a month on their web site. And the Power to Choose state shopping site displays at 1000 kWh.

As a result, retailers constantly introduce new electricity rates that “look good” at a specific average usage kWh level. They game the system to try to get one over on you, the consumer.

And that’s why you have to watch out. Because a rate that looks excellent at 1000 kWh a month may be a horrible choice if you use 1500 kWh a month. And on the other hand, a plan that looks good at 2000 kWh a month could be a bad choice if you actually use 900 kWh a month.

Here’s an example:

image shows electricity plan pricing gimmick

If you bought this plan on the 2000 kWh a month rate, but only used 1000 kWh a month, you would be very unhappy. In other words, you’d have a 30% difference in the rate vs. what you expected!

At ElectricityPlans, we review the fine print in every power plan. We review the math, and break it down in a Pricing Details section. That way you can see how the plan works … even if it’s complicated, like the one below!

image shows how confusing electricity rates math can be which makes it hard to find cheap electricity rates.

So what’s your bill going to be on this plan? Exactly. That’s why you just type in your usage and we’ll calculate your price per kWh for you.

Plus, when you are scanning rates, we make it easy to see at a glance if a plan has complicated bill credits and tiered rates to look out for. Just look at our one-line summary for each plan. We’ll help you find cheap power prices AND watch out for gimmicks like this.

image shows how to find cheap electricity plans without gimmicks by reviewing the plan one line summary.

Can You Trust Reviews to Find the Best Price?

What review sites can you trust these days? Seems like every product on Amazon has a 5-Star Review. And the same is true of power companies. It’s rare that you find a negative review for an electric company. (Other than people who didn’t pay their bill or didn’t read the fine print.)

You can look at the reviews on the Better Business Bureau (BBB). But have you noticed that everyone is an A or A+ rating?

And the Public Utility Commission of Texas also has a star rating for every retailer. But retailers get dinged for all complaints, even if the complaint is found to be invalid. So that’s not a great way to compare companies.

What about review sites for electricity plans? Or sites like ConsumerAffairs.com? The electricity companies can manage the reviews on these sites. So they can hide or dispute reviews.

Your best bet?

Stick with ElectricityPlans.com and our hand-selected REPs and electricity plans. We make it easy to compare electricity rates and find the best plans.

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