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Houston Electricity & Energy Guide

Whether you’re moving to Houston Texas or shopping for lower rates, this guide will help you find the best electricity plan plus details for your other utilities.

Houston Electricity Rates

Houston is a deregulated electricity market which means you have the power to choose your electricity provider.

ElectricityMatch is a free service that provides comparison to help Houston residents save money by choosing the best electricity plans for their home.

Our rates are direct from the Electricity Providers so you see the same rates on their websites.

Electricity Providers submit their rates and we display them in a comparison rate table that you can sort and filter to compare energy plans in a clear and transparent comparison.

Many Energy companies use deceptive marketing like hidden fees to trick consumers into bad plans that look good. We filter those plans out of our platform so you never see them here. ElectricityMatch shows real prices side by side so you know what you’re getting.

Energy Texas Logo
Bigger Than Texas 24

Guarantee your rate for 2 years with our longest term length
Receive first bill free when you sign up for autopay
Early termination fee: $200

4 Times Nov 19th, 2021
Fixed Rate
10.2¢ per kWh
Energy Texas Logo
Come & Take It 12 Plan

12 months of 100% renewable energy
Receive $18.36 bill credit on your 2nd and 4th bill when you pay your bill on time
Early termination fee: $150

1 Times Nov 19th, 2021
Fixed Rate
10.4¢ per kWh
Constellation Logo
12 Month Flat Tier Product

Special Offer: See EFL for pricing details
Special Offer: Simple billing based on usage tier

Early Termination Fee: $50

29 Times Oct 21st, 2021
Fixed Rate
10.5¢ per kWh
New Power Texas Logo
Power of One

Use your electricity anytime you want at one low price on your bill for any cycle under 2,000 kWh.

Early termination fee of $125.00

69 Times Oct 24th, 2021
Fixed Rate
11.3¢ per kWh
Pulse Power Logo
36 Texas Fixed

Prepare for those brutal Texas summers with a fixed price from Pulse!

Early Termination Fee: $20.00 per month remaining in contract

24 Times Nov 2nd, 2021
Fixed Rate
12.4¢ per kWh
TriEagle Energy Logo
Eagle 36

Fixed LOW Price for 3 Years, Lock it in TODAY!

Early Termination Fee: $20.00 per month remaining in contract

15 Times Sep 2nd, 2021
Fixed Rate
12.5¢ per kWh
TXU Energy Logo
Savers Discount 12

It’s the wise way to save. Get an automatic $30 bill credit each month when you use 1,200 kWh or more.

Early Cancellation Fee: $150.00

228 Times Nov 12th, 2021
Fixed Rate
12.6¢ per kWh
TXU Energy Logo
Solar Saver 12

Lock in a low rate and support solar farms in Texas. You\'ll enjoy: A plan with 25% solar energy & A $30 bill credit when you use 1200 kWh or more.

Early Cancellation Fee: $150

116 Times Nov 12th, 2021
Fixed Rate
12.9¢ per kWh
4Change Energy Logo
Helpful Saver 24

Lock in your electricity price for 24 months while helping your community. This plan comes with a 30-day risk free guarantee.

Early termination charges are a low $20 per month remaining on the contract.

122 Times Nov 19th, 2021
Fixed Rate
12.9¢ per kWh
New Power Texas Logo
Power of Credit

You deserve the best - and that means taking all the credit! When you hit 1000 kWh in your billing cycle, we\'ll give you a bill credit of $95.

Early Termination fee of $125.00

11 Times Oct 24th, 2021
Variable Rate
13¢ per kWh

These CenterPoint Energy rates are live and updated daily. Pricing shown is for 2000kWh (Medium-Large Homes).


Houston Electricity Price Trends

Houston Electricity Providers are deregulated, which means you have the Power to Choose your provider! Energy consumers can shop for lowest rates, long term locked rates, variable rate plans, and much more.

Most of the other states don’t get the power to choose, they are stuck with a monopoly style energy provider that charges generally higher rates.

Electricity Deregulation broke up the monopolies and consumers get the benefits of having some of the lowest rates in the nation. Houston Electricity Providers compete for your business, they generally get customers by having the best rates, but the lowest advertised rate may not always be the best rate because of hidden fees and gimmicks built into the plan. ElectricityMatch takes the time to remove those energy plans, showing only real rates.

Dozens of Retail Electricity Providers in Houston want your business, using our comparison engine you can choose the best rate.

Courtesy of EIA.GOV
Data compiled from EIA.GOV

The average cost per kWh for Texas Electricity was 11.71 cents in 2020, the average bill was $132.59 for the same period. You can find electricity rates for 12+ months fixed-rate as low as $0.08 on electricitymatch.com.


Find the best energy plan in Houston

Most consumers don’t know their electricity consumption without opening their bill. Before you can choose your best electricity plan you will need to know your monthly usage. Many electricity plans have different rates for different usage tiers and all plans in our electricity comparison engine show rates for 500kWh, 1000kWh and 2000kWh.

What do the different usage tiers mean?

  • 500kWh – Small Apartment, maybe mid-sized apartments with average electricity needs.
  • 1000kWh – Large Apartment or Medium Houses with average electricity needs.
  • 2000kWh – Large Houses, 2000kWh is generally the largest tier covering everything over 2000kWh.

Average Electricity Usage also requires an explanation. Older houses and apartments will use a little more electricity to heat and cool than newer structures. Some of us will run our air conditioner at 70 degrees through the whole summer while others are comfortable at 78 degrees.

If your usage is close to one of the tiers (500kWh, 1000kWh etc) each month it’s pretty easy to compare plans. If your usage fluctuates up and down it’s more difficult to compare. For example if your usage falls into the 500kWh tier during the winter and the 1000kWh tier during the summer you will pay different rates between the winter and summer.

Comparing rates can be more difficult than you think.

The easiest way to get your monthly average usage is to total your yearly usage then divide it by 12. From there see which tier you fall into (Small Apartment 500kWh, Medium Home 1000kWh, Large Home 2000kWh) and compare those rates.

Electricity Match makes it easy to compare the different tier rates. If you are in the Small Apartment usage tier you can check the box on the left side filter to sort our plans by Small Apartment.

If you have a large variance in your monthly usage you may need to count the number of months you will fall into different tiers then compare the most common tier prices.

All plans have some additional fees built into them. By reading the EFL for each plan you’ll be prepared. Our real rates available in our comparison engine have already included those fees in them, and we are showing you the real rate you will pay.

Don’t waste hours of time with a calculator or spreadsheet trying to find the best plan, use our comparison engine to see your real rates based on the size of your home.

Once you find the best plan for your home, click the Order Button for that plan, fill in the details and you’re done.

If you can’t find your usage history or you’re moving into a new home we have the answer for you too! Using our simple Home Size filters will show you the Electricity Plan Rates for different sized homes.

Use ElectricityMatch.com to find the best energy plan for you and your home.


Moving to Houston: How to setup your utilities

Over 2.31 Million people call the Houston area their home. It’s the largest city in Texas by population and 4th largest in the USA.

Houston is home to nearly every industry from agriculture, Oil & Gas, Shipping in Galveston, NASA and hundreds more. Houston has 6 professional sports franchises from the Texans, Adstros, Dash, Dynamo FC, Rockets & SaberCats.

Just moving to Houston? There are plenty of things to discover about Houston. Take the family out to one of Houston’s 337 parks or spend a fun day checking out the wildlife at the Houston Zoo.

Looking for a more international experience, visit Houston’s popular Chinatown and the Mahatma Gandhi District.

If arts and entertainment are more your thing, Houston’s Museum District attracts over 7 million annual visitors, and the Bayou Music Center stages live concerts, theatre productions, and stand-up comedy throughout the year.

Setting up Electricity at your new home

If you’re buying a home, ask the previous homeowner for copies of their electricity bills for the past 12 months or as many months as they have. Some providers display the last 12 months of usage on every bill. The past usage will help you choose the best electricity plan.

Once you’ve selected your energy plan, sign-up instantly – it’s that simple. Electricity Match lets you quickly switch and save at the end of a term for whatever plan you choose.


Switching Electricity companies in Houston

If this is your first time to switch electric providers, no need to worry. It’s easier than the first signup! If you’re a pro at switching then you’ll appreciate how easy our comparison engine displays the best plans customized for you.

Do you already have a good plan? Maybe, maybe not, you can’t know how good your plan is until you compare Houston Electricity Plans. Competition between Energy Companies drives prices down and keeps them down so it’s a great idea to keep checking back here to see if you still have the right plan. Come back to Electricity Match a few weeks or a month before your current plan expires, signup for a better plan.

Compare plans before renewing your contract. That way, you can make sure you’re getting the best deal among competing electricity companies.

Switching energy plans regularly can end up saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year on your energy costs.

Switching is easy:

  • No calls to cancel your current provider
  • No service calls to your house
  • No Electricity interruptions
  • Switching only takes a few minutes

Don’t call your current provider to cancel service, for Houston Texas Electricity your new electricity provider handles the cancellation for you.

Power Outages are the worst, but you won’t have to deal with it when switching providers. The switch is seamless, you won’t feel a thing. Houston electricity is all delivered by the same Distribution Company no matter who your provider is.

Texas Electricity Deregulation allows you to change providers in the last 14 days of your current contract without any penalties or Early Termination Fees “ETFs”.

If you have a long-term power contract, check how many months remain before it expires. Most companies let you set a start date for your new plan up to 60 days in advance.

Sometimes rates go down so much that it’s financially beneficial to change providers in the middle of a contract, pay for $150 Early Termination Fee, and still save hundreds of dollars over the term of your new contract.


Houston Retail Electric Providers

Looking for the best retail electric service providers “REP” in Houston?

You can sign up for service with any number of great electricity companies like Pulse Power, Constellation, 4Change Energy, TXU Energy, TriEagle Energy and more.

Click on the company to view their rates, learn more about their service, or sign up.

Houston Retail Electric ProvidersPhone Numbers
4Change Energy
Pulse Power844-302-8076
Constellation855-549-2149
New Power Texas866-654-5071
TXU Energy
Payless Power877-296-6922
TriEagle Energy833-943-0875
Rhythm888-691-1508


No-Deposit / Prepaid Electricity Plans

Some of us don’t want to pay deposits, Electricity Match comparison engine can help with that too!

If you already know you want to a prepaid plan, you can filter our plans to show Prepaid only.

Deposits for Electric Providers is based on your credit score or lack of credit plus your history of paying your Texas Electric bill. Fair Credit scores usually never have to pay a deposit. If this is your first apartment ever, you might expect to pay a deposit or else go with a PrePaid Electricity Plan.

You shouldn’t have to pay a deposit for electricity, and if you’re using our comparison engine you won’t have to.

Often the prepaid plans are marked up a little bit higher per kWh but most of the time we have some fair priced no-deposit plans available. Check our comparison plan for Houston No-Deposit Electricity Plans.

Deposit Waiver – Texas Public Utility Commission §25.478 Credit Requirements and Deposits

A residential customer or applicant may be deemed as having established satisfactory credit if:

  1. The customer has been a customer of any REP or an electric utility within the two years prior to the request for electric service; is not delinquent in payment of any such electric service account, and during the last 12 consecutive months of service was not late in paying a bill more than once.
  2. The customer or applicant possesses a satisfactory credit rating obtained through a consumer reporting agency, as defined by the Federal Trade Commission.
  3. The customer or applicant is 65 years of age or older, and the customer is not currently delinquent in payment of any electric service account.
  4. The customer or applicant has been determined to be a victim of family violence.
  5. The customer is medically indigent.

If you satisfy PUC §25.478 requirements above and are charged a deposit you can send the waiver directly to the provider. Once your new REP receives the waiver they will confirm or deny your waiver or request documentation.


Houston Business Electricity Plans

Business Electricity works similar to Residential Electricity. For SMB (Small and Medium Business) you can use our commercial comparison engine to compare plans the same as Residential Plans.

Houston is an economic power house for Texas and the USA. They have dozens of large industries and hundreds or smaller industries supporting a skilled and diverse population. Houston Texas has one of the friendliest business environments to start a new small business.

Houston is a world-class hub for the energy industry. Sub-industries include traditional Oil & Gas, Refiners plus more modern renewables such as Wind & Solar. Houston is the Energy Capitol of Texas.

Houston’s Ship Channel has turned the city into a major import/export trade hub. Local businesses in Houston are able to ship and receive products world-wide faster and cheaper than most places in the USA.

As a Business Owner, you know your overhead costs can destroy your bottom line. Choosing the best Electricity Plan for your Small Business is one of many ways to increase your profit. Market conditions change every day, often driving energy prices lower and lower. All business owners should compare power prices frequently to make sure they are getting the best plan for their company.

Electricity Match can help you by providing an easy and fast process to choose your energy plan and signup. We have built a unique SMB Comparison Engine that will save you hours of shopping and trying to compare. If you still have questions we are here to help, just give us a call on our Business Electricity Line 1-833-226-8993.

Many Electric providers won’t sell direct to businesses without a broker. With Electricity Match, you have more options, we can sign you up directly from our website, we can assist on the phone and we can even setup a closed bidding for your business to get the very best rate!

Click here to get competing quotes for your business electricity.


Houston Utilities

Moving into Houston doesn’t have to be difficult. Below are most of the utility contracts you need to get everything turned on.


Zip Codes for Houston Metroplex

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FAQ

How to switch electricity providers in Houston Texas

It’s as easy as signing up for a new plan with a different provider. Your new provider will handle the cancelation of your old plan. You can switch to a new plan with 14 days left on your current contract without incurring any Early Termination Fees.
Start by selecting a new plan here.

Can I switch electric providers in the middle of my contract?

Yes you can. There will generally be an ETF (Early Termination Fee) ranging from $100 to $250, sometimes more. If you are in the last 14 days of your current contract you can change now.
Start by selecting a new plan here.

How do I turn on my electricity in Houston Texas?

It’s easy in Deregulated Texas, shop for an Electricity Plan, sign up, choose the start date. Texans have the Power to Choose their electric provider, competition drives the price down.
Start by selecting a new plan here.

How fast can I switch my electricity provider in Houston Texas?

Sometimes you can get it switched same day! More often it takes 2 days, not including weekends and holidays.

Does Houston Texas have No-Deposit Electricity Plans?

Yes they do, they are generally referred to as Prepaid plans.
Start by selecting a new plan here.