Texas electricity customers face historically high electricity prices this summer. The rising energy rates are not so much a result of the cost of natural gas, the primary commodity used to generate electricity, but are a result of increased demand and anticipated shortages in supply. What does this mean for customers on variable rate, month to month electricity plans? High, high, high electricity rates for the dog days of summer. Who is most at risk? Prepaid electricity customers and customers on holdover rates from expired electricity contracts.
Where are electricity rates headed in 2018? You’ve likely heard rumors about tax cuts reducing your utility bill, but what are the other variables that will make your rates go up or down? Let’s examine the most important energy factors that will contribute to retail electricity price movements over the next 12 months.
UPDATE: Looking for 2019 Energy Trends? See Energy Trends to Watch in 2019.
December means holiday shopping season for many people, but the one item most people leave off their list is to shop for a new electricity plan.
If your contract is due to expire in the next couple of months, you might be surprised at the affordable rate plans you can find during the holiday season. Winter is traditionally a slow season for electricity shopping, yet there are several good reasons to compare electric rates and lock in a plan for the upcoming year.
You might think that cold weather means higher rates, but that’s not always true.
If you are shopping for electricity based on one of the three electricity rates shown on the Electricity Facts Label, stop. You might pick the electricity company advertising the lowest rate based on 500 kWh, 1000 kWh or 2000 kWh. But you could soon discover it’s not as straight forward as you’d hoped. Because unless you read the find print you may choose the wrong plan.
Before you blindly click on the plan with the lowest advertised rate, read this article.