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Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program – Bill Payment Assistance

Texas consumers have a new financial backstop to avoid electricity disconnection during the COVID-19 coronavirus quarantine.

If you need help paying bills, the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program can help. This program is designed to help those who can’t pay bills due to unemployment or economic hardship caused by COVID-19.

Here are FAQs on the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program (CERP) and how to apply.

Update October 7, 2020: The COVID-19 Electricity Relief program ended on October 1, 2020. If your account was protected through CERP, your account is now subject to disconnection if you do not make a payment arrangement with your retail electricity provider. Review your other options below!

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Best Texas Electricity Plans When You Work From Home

Do you now work from home now due to the Coronavirus quarantine? Get ready to receive a higher electricity bill. According to industry experts, you can expect an 8% increase in your electricity bill this month due to working from home, school being cancelled and more dining at home.

And if you continue to work from home in the coming months? You’ll be facing a high summer electricity bill.

So here’s how to find the best electricity plan when you work from home.

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Impact of Coronavirus on Texas Electricity Grid

In times of uncertainty, it’s natural for people to be concerned about those things that they can’t control. At ElectricityPlans.com we are working to get answers to some of the most common questions you may have about electricity reliability.

Will my power be disconnected if I can’t pay my bill?

What are electricity prices like right now?

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Electricity Bill Calculator – How to Get the Best Electricity Rate

With the Electricity Bill Calculator you can easily see how much you’ll pay for your Texas electricity based on your usage. You can enter your personal monthly kWh usage and we’ll calculate an estimated bill and price per kilowatt hour. That’s how to find the best electricity plan for your home.

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Texas Electricity Trends for 2020

Texas electricity rates in 2019 were relatively flat compared to the prior year. And if you were in a fixed rate contract throughout 2019, you had a secure price. But those who were on a variable rate or a wholesale index rate (i.e. Griddy Energy) had their rate explode in mid August when ERCOT hit a historic usage level.

So what will happen in 2020? It all depends. But indications are that market forces are driving up retail energy prices in the short term, and that long-term contracts might be the way to go this year.

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Load Factor and Commercial Demand Charges – How to Lower Your Business Electricity Bill

You shopped for the lowest rate per kWh for your business. So what’s this other charge on your bill?

Commercial customers often pay a commercial electricity demand charge in addition to the cost per kWh. And depending on the type of business you run, it may be a substantial.

Read on to find out what is a demand charge, typical load factor by type of business, how your load factor impacts your demand, and most importantly, how to reduce your demand charges.

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