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Month to Month Electricity That’s Not Prepaid

  • Written By: Rebecca Bridges
  • Edited By: Shannon Bedrich

  • Looking for a month-to-month cheap Texas electricity plan? You’ve found it!

    Month-to-month electricity plans, also known as variable-rate plans, are subject to frequent rate changes but have no contract.┬áThis can be a convenient option for consumers that don’t want to commit or that need a short term solution for energy.

    TIP: If you are moving soon, you don’t have to go month to month. You can get a fixed rate electricity plan instead. If you move before your contract expires, then your early termination fee is waived, as long a you provide a forwarding address as proof of your move.

    Cheap Month to Month Electricity in Houston (CenterPoint)

    Plan Name Term Rate/kWh
    TXU Energy Flex Forward 1 19.3 ¢

    Cheap Month to Month Electricity Plans in Fort Worth & Dallas (Oncor)

    Plan Name Term Rate/kWh
    TXU Energy Flex Forward 1 18.7 ¢

    Month to Month Electricity Rates in Corpus Christi (AEP-Central)

    Plan Name Term Rate/kWh
    TXU Energy Flex Forward 1 19.3 ¢

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    Variable vs. Fixed Rate Texas Electricity Plans

    We usually recommend fixed price plans for our customers. Because summer power pricing in Texas is risky business. Most of the electricity used at home is for your A/C. And when it gets hot in Texas, the electricity usage cranks up and and so do monthly power prices. A fixed rate plan gives you price certainty and protection against summer price increases.

    If you are willing to take a little bit of risk, and not ready to commit, these short term variable rate plans can be a great option.

    Electricity companies must also publish the rate history for any variable rate electricity plan. So you’ll be able to review their rate history and see if you are comfortable with the price fluctuations you may experience.

    Rate History – Variable Electricity Rates

    When you shop for month to month energy plans you can also view the historical prices that their customers have paid on this electricity plan.

    That offers you some reassurance on what your electricity provider will charge after the first month. But here’s what you must take into account with a variable rate electricity plan. You’ll find a statement like this on the Electricity Facts Label:

    This price is the price that will be applied during your first billing cycle; this price may change in subsequent months at the sole discretion of <Company.>

    You can find the price for your next month of electricity just by logging in to your online account with your electricity company. Make sure to read the Electricity Facts Label for the plan. The EFL will show all of the details on how your price can change, where to find historical rates, and where to find your next month’s rate.

    How do Variable and Fixed Rates Compare in Pricing?

    Variable rates reflect the current market electricity pricing. Typically, retail electricity companies will look at the number of customers that they have on a variable rate. Their supply team will purchase, or hedge, a one month wholesale contract for that number of customers. That could mean that your rate is significantly higher in the summer.

    Most variable rate electricity plans look comparable to fixed rate plans when you are signing up. But, that sign-up offer? That’s only good for the first month of your contract, or until your next meter read. Then you’ll transition onto their standard variable rate plan that could be significantly higher.

    Fixed rate plans reflect the cost of a 12-month wholesale electricity contract. These contracts include both summer and winter months, and a risk premium. They could be higher or lower than a variable rate contract.

    So the positive about month-to-month variable rates is you have total control and can leave any time. But the negative is you can sign up for an low power rate and have it go through the roof the next month.

    The variable rate you sign up for is just for that first bill cycle. After that, the rate will change. You can learn more about the differences between Fixed, Variable and Index rates in our other articles.

    Moving? Don’t Limit Yourself to Short-Term Electricity Plans

    Some consumers think that they need to go on a short term electricity plan if they are moving soon. After all, why enter a contract that you will have to break?

    Well go ahead and break your contract. That’s right. We said it.

    If you are moving and under contract it doesn’t matter. When you move, just give your electricity company proof of your move, such as a forwarding address for your last bill. They will automatically waive your early termination penalty if you move. That’s the law.

    About Rebecca Bridges

    Rebecca Bridges has worked in deregulated energy markets since 2001. As chief marketing officer for ElectricityPlans, she focuses on helping consumers save on their electricity bills and find the best electricity plans. Outside of work, Rebecca uses her marketing experience to support dog rescue and can often be found hiking or biking local trails.

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