Utilities are in charge of the operation and maintenance of the energy grid. They care for power lines and other hardware that delivers power to your home or business. The major utilities serving the state of Texas include Oncor and Centerpoint Energy.
Retail Electric Providers buy energy on the wholesale market (generators). They then sell it to consumers (you). In Texas there are several dozen electricity providers. Popular name brands include TXU Energy, Reliant Energy, and Cirro Energy.
In most areas of Texas, consumers pay their electric bill to their Retail Electric Provider.
ERCOT manages the flow of power to 26 million Texas residents, 8 million locations and 90% of the Texas grid. It is a nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors. The Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature oversee its operation. ERCOT members encompass many stakeholders including:
There are several types of energy plans. You have probably seen plans talking about free nights and weekends or other promos. While these plans may seem intriguing, they are almost stacked in the suppliers favor.
In most cases there are two types of plans: fixed-rate and variable-rate. Each type of plan has its respective pros and cons.
As a consumer, it’s important to understand the two types of plans before signing up for an electricity plan.
Fixed-rate plans will have a set price for the term of the contract. Regardless of weather, natural events, or market volatility, your rate will not change. In most cases, fixed-rate plans have a term length of 6, 12, 24, or 36 months. We recommend fixed-rate plans for most customers.
Variable-rate plan rates may change on a monthly basis based on market factors. Variable-rate plans offer more flexibility but also present more volatility in pricing which may impact your monthly electricity bill. In most cases, we do not recommend variable-rate plans.
EnergyBot makes it quick and simple to switch electricity providers. Follow these steps to get the best electricity rate in Texas.
Once you enter your zip code we'll collect a few bits of information about your energy habits and needs. Then we'll use that data to match you with the best energy options available.
We only partner with trusted energy providers in Texas. This means you don't have to worry about hidden fees, variable rates or any other "ugly" terms and conditions.
After you have selected your new low rate we handle the paperwork get your new plan up and running. We'll let you know when everything is good to go.
Power to Choose is the website managed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC). It lists energy plans for consumers to compare. It does not list commercial electricity rates. Learn more about Power to Choose here.
Buying solar panels in Texas can be a great way to lower your carbon footprint and electric bill. Investing in a solar system for your home can be complicated. It's important that you educate your self on the various solar tax incentives, net metering, and types of solar panels before you make the leap. Learn more about the options for Texas solar panels here.