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Reliant Truly Free Nights Review

Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights Plan is one of our most popular plans offering free electricity in Texas.

Truly Free Nights is part of Reliant Energy’s “Pick Your Free” campaign. Pick between Truly Free Nights, Truly Free Weekends or Truly Free 7 Days (where you get your 7 highest usage days free.

You’ll see these plans all over over the TV, radio, online and on billboards. The question is, is Truly Free Nights the plan for you?

Below, you will find a Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights Plan review. And we’ll tell you how to compare Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights to other Reliant plans.

About the Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights Plan

The Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights Plan gives you free electricity from 8pm to 6am every day.

The phrase “truly free” refers to the fact that both your energy charges and your utility delivery charges per kilowatt hour (kWh) are free during this time period. Some retailers offer free energy only. The plan does still pass through 100% of your fixed monthly utility delivery charge (around $5 to $10 a month depending on where you live).

You also receive a Google Home Hub, valued at $129. The Home Hub can help you manage your Reliant account and accomplish daily tasks, all through natural voice commands. The biggest benefit of the Home Hub is it’s ability to “talk” to other smart devices in your home, especially if you add a WiFi Smart Thermostat into the mix to help control electricity usage.

In calculating the average price per kilowatt hour, Reliant Energy assumes that you will use 42% of your power at night.  And that’s the key to making a free electricity plan work for you. If you can shift your electricity to night time more than the “typical” person, you will lower your effective rate per kWh.

Is the Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights Plan Right for Me?

We always emphasize how important it is to (1) understand your monthly kWh usage, and (2) read the Electricity Facts Label.  The Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights Plan is no different.

The Truly Free Nights plan is best for consumers that can shift approximately half of their energy usage to the free night time hours. If you change how and when you use electricity, you could make better use of the free power than the average consumer.

How Does Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights Compare to Other Reliant Plans?

The charge below shows Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights compared to other Reliant Energy Plans. Reliant’s standard 12 month electricity plan, Secure Advantage, might be a better fit for you.

Remember, you can always calculate exactly what a plan will cost for your home by using our Electricity Bill Calculator feature.

Just select Details from any of the plans below. In the pop-up, enter your monthly usage under “Calculate My Bill.” We’ll automatically calculate the price per kilowatt hour and estimated bill for your usage.

Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights vs. Other Reliant Plans (Centerpoint / Houston Area)

Provider Plan Name Term Rate/kWh
Reliant Energy Reliant Clear Flex 1 10.9 ¢ Details
Reliant Energy Reliant Secure Advantage® 12 12 11.9 ¢ Details
Reliant Energy Reliant Truly Free Weekends 12 12 14.5 ¢ Details
Reliant Energy Reliant Truly Free 7 Days 12 12 14.5 ¢ Details
Reliant Energy Reliant Truly Free Nights 12 12 14.9 ¢ Details

Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights vs. Other Reliant Plans (Oncor / DFW Area)

Provider Plan Name Term Rate/kWh
Reliant Energy Reliant Clear Flex 1 10.5 ¢ Details
Reliant Energy Reliant Secure Advantage® 12 12 11.5 ¢ Details
Reliant Energy Reliant Truly Free Weekends 12 12 13.9 ¢ Details
Reliant Energy Reliant Truly Free 7 Days 12 12 13.9 ¢ Details
Reliant Energy Reliant Truly Free Nights 12 12 14.5 ¢ Details

ElectricityPlans will always show a variety of Reliant Energy  plans, and the plans noted above may not always be available. We select plans based on the price offerings, product mix, and what other retailers are offering. We work to post the best electricity plans for your area.

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How to Compare Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights vs. Other Plans

Like we said above, the two most important things to know when shopping for electricity are:

  1. Know your usage
  2. 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 common Texas usage levels — 500, 1000 and 2000 kWh.

Remember these prices are what you would pay if you use exactly that much electricity in a given month. These average price calculations are not the fixed rate. The energy rate is the fixed rate.

Our new electricity bill calculator lets you enter your typical monthly electricity usage (number of kilowatt hours). Then we’ll calculate exactly what you will pay per kWh, and your estimated monthly electricity bill.

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What Time is Reliant Energy Free Nights?

Reliant Energy Truly Free Nights gives you free electricity from 8pm to 6am every day.

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 42% of usage will between the hours of 8pm and 6am.

You can bet that the “typical” customer in Texas uses power exactly like this — 42% of power used during that time period. 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.

Free nights electricity is our favorite type of free electricity plan (especially compared to free weekends) because it’s relatively easy to shift your usage to off-peak hours.

First off, you can sleep cool and comfortable and run the air conditioning all night.  That’s a big plus in Texas heat waves during the summer. 

And, you can shift high electricity usage to off peak hours. Run your dishwasher and washing machine after 8pm, and have your marathon online gaming sessions all night long.

Use power strips for your computer and printer and shut them off when not in use.

And, unplug your phone charger when you grab your phone on the way out the door.

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!

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