Reliant Energy Truly Free Weekends Plan is one of the best free weekends plans available in Texas.
Truly Free Weekends is one of three plans in Reliant Energy’s Pick Your Free advertising promotion. You can pick the free electricity that makes sense for you — Truly Free Nights, Truly Free Weekends or Truly Free 7 Days (where you get your 7 highest usage days free automatically).
You’ll see it advertised all over the TV, radio, online and on billboards. The question is, is Truly Free Weekends the plan for you?
Below, you will find a Reliant Energy Truly Free Weekends Plan review. We’ll also review Reliant Energy’s other electricity plans. And we’ll tell you how to compare Reliant Energy Truly Free Weekends to other Reliant plans, and plans from other retailers.
About the Reliant Energy Truly Free Weekends Plan
The Reliant Energy Truly Free Weekends Plan gives you 100 days of free power per year.
Weekend usage from 8pm Friday to 12am Monday morning is free for both electricity charges and delivery charges, for every kilowatt hour you use! The plan does still pass through 100% of your fixed monthly 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.
In calculating the average price per kilowatt hour, Reliant Energy assumes that you will use 32% of your power at night. And that’s the key to making a free electricity plan work for you.
Is the Reliant Energy Truly Free Weekends Plan Right for Me?
Free weekends plans are usually best for those that travel during the week, so they can take advantage of the free days of power.
We always emphasize how important it is to (1) understand your usage, and (2) read the Electricity Facts Label. The Reliant Energy Truly Free Weekends Plan is no different.
Check what your rate is with Reliant Truly Free Weekends, based on your electricity usage. Just enter your zip code, then enter your usage under “Calculate Your Bill.” Or click the Details button on any of the plans below.
Reliant Energy Truly Free Weekends and Other Plans (Centerpoint/Houston Area)
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|Reliant Energy||Reliant Truly Free 7 Days 12||12||14.5 ¢||Details|
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Reliant Energy Truly Free Weekends & Other Plans (Oncor / DFW Area)
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|Reliant Energy||Reliant Truly Free 7 Days 12||12||13.9 ¢||Details|
|Reliant Energy||Reliant Truly Free Nights 12||12||14.5 ¢||Details|
Reliant Energy Truly Free Weekends is available across Texas, including Houston, DFW, Midland, Waco, Corpus Christi and Killeen.
ElectricityPlans will always show a variety of Reliant 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? Call Reliant Energy toll free at 1-833-302-3650. Or enter your zip code to shop all Reliant Energy plans.
How to Compare Reliant Energy Truly Free Weekends 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 energy rate, the current utility delivery rate, and the average price at three usage levels — 500, 1000 and 2000 kWh. Always review the EFL details for the plan you are considering.
Shop for the Energy Rate. In Texas, the energy rate is the competitive rate. The TDSP fees (poles & wires charge) from your utility, like Oncor or CenterPoint are set by the Public Utilities Commission of Texas and will be the same regardless of who supplies your electricity.
How to Make the Most of Free Electricity
Free electricity plans depend on consumer behavior to make it work. In this case, Reliant is assuming that 32% of usage will be on the weekends. The weekday price for this plan is higher compared to other basic plans. That ensures that Reliant Energy will cover their weekend electricity costs and the delivery fees.
You can bet that the “typical” customer in Texas uses power exactly like this — 32% of power used during the weekend. 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 more of your electricity usage to the free time period.
This can be tricky with a free weekends plan (pssst… check out free nights too!)
Free weekends works best if you are not home much during the week, and like to spend your weekends on the couch with Netflix as your friend. This works well for those who are traveling consultants or that work long hours during the week.
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!