Do you now work from home now due to the Coronavirus quarantine? Get ready to receive a higher electricity bill. According to industry experts, you can expect an 8% increase in your electricity bill this month due to working from home, school being cancelled and more dining at home.
And if you continue to work from home in the coming months? You’ll be facing a high summer electricity bill.
So here’s how to find the best electricity plan when you work from home.
How to Find the Best Texas Electricity Plan For Work From Home
To find the best electricity plan when you work from home, consider these factors and how they impact your electricity usage:
- What time of day are you working?
- How much has your time at home increased?
- How many people are in the house daily?
Take a look at your recent electricity bill and think about an 8-15% increase in your monthly kilowatt hours.
Then enter the number of kilowatt hours into the electricity bill calculator. You’ll find this in the Advanced Search area of our Texas Electricity Plans page.
When you use this tool, you can easily find the best electricity price per kWh based on your actual usage. Plus you’ll see your estimated electricity bill for each rate plan. This makes it easy for you to find the cheapest electricity plan for you.
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5 Best Electricity Plans When You Work From Home
These are our top recommendations for electricity plans if you have to work from home during the COVID-19 Coronavirus quarantine.
We review our plan recommendations on a regular basis and update this page as rates change. Share this page with friends and bookmark it so you always see our current list of best electricity plans.
Best Fixed Rate Electricity Plan
The best Texas electricity plan for a fixed rate is Champion Energy Champ Saver 24. It’s a low cost 2 year fixed rate plan. Plus you’ll get a coupon for $50 worth of LED bulbs and a $50 smart thermostat rebate.
In second place, we like the Frontier Utilities Smart Budget 12 This is another basic fixed price electricity plan, no gimmicks, tiers, bill credits or other fancy stuff.
Best Electricity Plan for Usage 500 – 1000 kWh
Do you use between 500 and 1000 kWh a month, and don’t often exceed 1000 kWh? You should consider a flat bill plan. We recommend the 4Change Energy Easy Saver 12. You’ll pay the same amount every month ($85 flat bill) for usage under 1000 kWh. Then you’ll pay a low fixed price per kWh for usage over 1000 kWh.
Best Electricity Plan for Usage 1800+ kWh
If you consistently use 1800 kWh or more in a month, you need a plan for high usage customers. Our recommendation, especially if you work from home, is the Pulse Power Texas Smart 12. With this plan, you’ll pay the same flat bill amount every month, for usage up to 2000 kWh. Then you’ll pay a set fixed price per kWh for additional usage.
Best Renewable Energy Green Plan
This one is a tie. We love the Chariot Energy Solarize 12. It’s a low priced fixed rate electricity plan with 100% Texas Solar Power. If you prefer 100% Texas wind energy, check out Iberdrola Energy Wind by TX 36. It’s a 36 month plan that gives you rate certainty, and supports Texas wind generation.
Best No Deposit Electricity Plan for Work at Home
If you want a no deposit electricity plan, you may want to try a prepaid electricity plan. Our favorite is SmarTricity Premier 12. It’s a fixed rate prepaid electricity plan. You can have your power turned on for just $75 to start. And 100% of that prepayment goes toward your future electricity usage.
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Disconnection of Texas Electricity Due to Coronavirus Pandemic.
Can’t pay your Texas electricity bill due to the coronavirus impact on your job? You may be eligible for help paying your bills.
The Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program (CERP), operated from offers bill payment assistance to those who are low income or who have filed for unemployment. And if you are self-employed and struggling, you can qualify for deferred payments for your electricity bill.
You can find full details on CERP here.
Free Nights & Weekends When You Work From Home
If you work from home now due to the Coronavirus quarantine, and you have a free nights or free weekends plan, we advise you sit down before you open this month’s bill.
Now that you work from home and the kids are home all day, your usage pattern — the time of day and day of week you use electricity — has changed dramatically. It may be time to rethink your electricity plan.
A free nights and weekends plan gives you free electricity at certain times. And it’s a great deal when you have a predictable schedule and usage pattern.
However, your electricity rate at the non-free time is much higher than with a fixed price electricity plan. And that spells trouble for your electricity bill now that your usage has changed.
If you are on a free nights and weekend plan and you now work from home, call your supplier. Ask if you can change to a fixed rate plan.
And if they will charge you an early termination fee to switch to a new plan? Start shopping. It may make sense to pay an early termination fee and switch to a fixed rate plan with another provider.
If you are a first responder or someone who can’t work from home, free nights and weekends may still work for you. For a free nights plan, we recommend Champion Energy Free Nights 12. If free weekends is better for you, we recommend Champion Energy Free Weekends 12. Both plans offer a competitive electricity rate.