The Direct Energy Twelve Hour Power plan gives you 12 hours of free electricity every day. That’s the most free electricity hours of any plan of it’s kind in Texas.
You’ll see it advertised this summer all over the radio, online and on billboards. The question is, is it the plan for you?
Below, you will find a Direct Energy Twelve Hour Power review. We’ll also review Direct Energy’s other electricity plans. And we’ll tell you how to compare Direct Energy Twelve Hour Power against other Direct Energy plans, and plans from other companies.
About the Direct Energy Twelve Hour Power Plan
Direct Energy has offered free electricity plans for many years. Last summer’s heavily promoted plan offered 100+ days of free electricity with free weekends, plus a free Echo Dot.
The Twelve Hour Power Plan is their best free electricity plan yet, with 12 hours of free electricity every day, from 9pm to 8:59am. That means you can crank up the air conditioning every night and sleep cool and calm all night long, even during the scorching days of summer.
Twelve Hour Power Plan offers the most free electricity hours of any free electricity plan in Texas. That’s 84 free power hours a week, 360 hours per month and 4,380 free power hours a year!
Plus, not only is the electricity free, but you also won’t pay for delivery during that time period. What! Yes, that’s what we said! But here it is in black and white
Now, nothing in this world is free. We can tell you that your local TDU isn’t cutting Direct Energy any deal on those delivery fees! So the delivery fees are baked somewhere into the price.
How to Make the Most of Free Electricity
Free electricity plans depend on consumer behavior to make it work. In this case, they are assuming that 45% of usage will be at night (see highlight above). And the daytime price is higher than with other plans. That ensures that Direct Energy will cover their costs on the night time electricity and the delivery fees.
You can bet that the “typical” customer in Texas uses power exactly like this — 45% of power used at night. If you don’t make any changes in how you use energy, your average price per kilowatt hour will be around what they show on the Electricity Facts Label.
So in order for you to get the best deal with free electricity, you want to shift your electricity usage to the free time period.
You can do that by running the dishwasher and washing machine after 9pm, and by vacuuming the house before you leave in the morning. Also, put electronics and chargers on a power strip, and turn them off when not in use. We would also recommend that you get a WiFi smart thermostat for your home, so you can manage your thermostat remotely. This can help you conserve energy.
Is the Twelve Hour Power Plan Right for Me?
We always emphasize how important it is to (1) understand your usage, and (2) read the Electricity Facts Label. The Direct Energy Twelve Hour Power Plan is no different.
The Twelve Hour Power Plan is best for consumers using over 2000 kWh. That’s because there is a $9.95 monthly base charge. But, as we stated above, this assumes you use electricity like everyone else. If you change how and when you use electricity, you could make better use of the free power than the average consumer.
How Does Twelve Hour Power Compare to Other Direct Energy Plans?
Weekends on Command 24 is Direct Energy’s free weekends plan. It has a 24 month contract, compared to the 12 month agreement you have with Twelve Hour Power. This plan is the same plan offered last summer as 100+ free days plus Amazon Echo. You will receive a free Amazon Echo Dot when you enroll with this plan.
It has a $4.95 monthly base charge, compared to the $9.95 monthly base charge with Twelve Hour Power. The plan assumes that you use 31% of your power will be free, used on the weekend.
As we said above, the 31% usage during the weekend is how a typical person in Texas consumes power. You can get a lower effective price per kWh if you shift your electricity usage to the free weekend.
If you want free electricity, the Twelve Hour Power 12 is a much better deal economically. As you see in the chart below, your average price per kWh is significantly lower with the Twelve Hour Power 12 plan versus the Weekends on Command Plan. Want an Amazon Echo Dot? You can buy one online for just $49.99!
Now, if you don’t want to worry about when to run your dishwasher, or try to shift your electricity usage, the best option may be the Live Brighter 12 plan. This is a simple plan. You’ll pay one fixed price for your electricity, and a $4.95 base charge. You will also pay for 100% of your delivery fees. This plan is good for you if you just want to live your life how you have been. Feel free to run the dishwasher whenever you want!
ElectricityPlans will always show a variety of Direct Energy plans, and the plans noted above may not always be available. We select plans to show based on the price offerings, product mix, and what other retailers are offering. We work to post the best electricity plans for your area.
Ready to sign up for your Direct Energy plan? Call them toll-free at 844-879-7711. Or enter your zip code at the top of this page and view all Direct Energy plans.
How to Compare Direct Energy Twelve Hour Power Plan vs. Plans from Other REPs
Like we said above, the two most important things to know when shopping for electricity are:
- Know your usage
- Read the Electricity Facts Label.
Here’s why that’s important.
Know Your Usage. It’s important to know your usage because it impacts your effective rate. Your usage will be different month to month. And when folks guess their usage, they usually under or over estimate it. We recommend that you go online to your current account and download your usage history.
Read the Electricity Facts Label. Once you know your usage, shopping is easy. You just need to review the Electricity Facts Label (EFL). The EFL will show you the average price at three usage levels — 500, 1000 and 2000 kWh. Always review the EFL details for the plan you are considering.
Can You Shop for Me? Of Course!
Confused? Want help? We’ve got your back. With our free PlanScan service, we take the work out of shopping.
Unlike other shopping services that charge $10 a month to shop for your electricity ($120 a year! Yikes!), we will shop for you for free.
Just submit a copy of your most recent bill and tell us a little bit about what you are looking for. Within 24 business hours, we’ll send back recommendations of plans that fit your usage. Easy!