If you live in the Houston area and your utility is Centerpoint Energy, then you have the power to choose your electricity provider. There are several ways to shop for electricity. You can listen to telemarketing calls during dinner or sit through network marketing pitches from neighbors. You can also read direct mail flyers that seem to talk about everything but the actual rate. In this digital age, however, many of us prefer to shop online to find the best electricity rates.
Some consumers use the Texas powertochoose website to search for electricity deals. The problem with powertochoose is that it has to display any offer submitted by a licensed retail electric provider. As a result, you have to sort through a confusing array of hundreds of offers from suppliers of varying quality. Furthermore, some Texas electric companies are notorious for optimizing their rate plans on powertochoose to look more appealing than they may be.
ElectricityMatch offers a refreshing alternative to high-pressure telephone sales tactics and the confusing offers on the Texas electricity shopping website. We give you the convenience of online shopping along with the confidence that you are seeing competitive electricity rates from only the best providers.
Shop for Electricity
In Texas, electricity providers are required to show you their average price at the 500 kWh, 1000 kWh, and 2000 kWh usage levels. When you find a low electricity rate, make sure you are looking at the average price that corresponds most closely to your typical monthly usage. You will find this information on the Electricity Facts Label (EFL).
ElectricityMatch has a convenient filter to allow to you to search for fixed rate electricity plans with terms ranging from 6 months to 36 months. You can also view month-to-month variable rate electric plans and prepaid electricity offers. Renewable electricity plans and free nights and weekends electric rates are also available.
No Deposit Electricity
To enroll with an electric provider, your credit history will be reviewed. Be sure to have your driver’s license number or social security number handy when completing your enrollment on the electricity provider’s secure site. Electricity companies have different credit requirements and change them periodically. At most, the electricity provider may request a deposit equal to two months of estimated billing.
If paying the deposit is an issue, you might want to consider a prepaid electric plan. Smart meter technology allows you to receive electronic notification on your account balance. This is a huge improvement over the old prepaid electric plans that required monthly true-ups. Because these electricity plans require zero deposit, they are a great way to get competitive rates while keeping some cash in your pocket.
Best Houston Electricity Companies
There are many electricity companies serving Houston customers. ElectricityMatch works only with select providers known for having competitive electric rates and outstanding customer service. These providers include:
Major Cities Served by Centerpoint
Centerpoint Energy maintains the electric transmission and distribution system serving the Houston-Galveston area delivering electricity to more than 2.3 million customers. Several of the larger cities served by Centerpoint include: