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Average Houston Electric Rates

Thad Warren By Thad Warren
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Kendra Aquino By Kendra Aquino

This section highlights the average Houston electricity rates for residential and commercial customers.

  • The lowest residential electricity rate in Houston is 14.72¢ ($0.1472) and the average rate is 16.36¢.
  • The lowest commercial electricity rate in Houston is 7.44¢ ($0.0744) and the average rate is 8.40¢.

Houston Electricity Plans

Current rates from energy companies in Houston

Provider
Plan Name
Term
Rate
Varsity Energy
CHAMP 12
12 months
14.31¢
OhmConnect Energy
TexasConnect 12
12 months
15.34¢
Rhythm Energy
Simply Select 12
12 months
15.47¢
BKV Energy
Verbena 12
12 months
15.50¢
Rhythm Energy
PowerShift EV 12
12 months
15.56¢

Shopping for a business? Jump to commercial rates.

Lowest Electric Rate in Houston Today

Provider
Plan Name
Term
Rate
Varsity Energy
CHAMP 12
12 months
14.31¢
BKV Energy
Verbena 36
36 months
14.78¢
OhmConnect Energy
TexasConnect 36
36 months
14.82¢
Rhythm Energy
Simply Select 16
16 months
14.85¢
OhmConnect Energy
TexasConnect 24
24 months
15.03¢

Shop Electricity Plans in Houston

Compare Houston electricity rates and providers

Since 2002 Texas has had a deregulated energy market. This means Houstonians can shop for electricity plans from multiple energy providers to find the best rate. 

Houston is often called the Energy Capital of the World do the amount of headquarters and businesses in the energy industry that call Houston home. With so many electric companies in Houston, its residents have dozens of reliable options to choose from.

EnergyBot makes comparing electricity prices for your home or business incredibly simple. Just enter your zip code above and browse the best electricity rates in Houston.

Houston commercial electricity 

Businesses in Houston can also choose their energy provider. Since most businesses use more electricity than your typical home, they have much more to gain by getting a low electric rate.

If you're a business with an electric bill of several thousand dollars per month, lowering your bill by a few percentage points can mean huge savings on your bottom line.

The average EnergyBot business customer saves 20% on their electric bill. How?

We created a first-of-its-kind process that leverages thousands of rates from the top commercial energy providers to match you with the best possible plans. No variable rates, no teaser rates, just the lowest rates you can get.

Houston Electric Companies

It can be hard to understand the difference between all the electricity companies and utilities that serve Houstonians.  

In simple terms, there are two types of energy companies that you should understand the difference between - utilities and energy providers.

Houston Electricity Utility - CenterPoint

In Houston and most of the surrounding area the electric utility is CenterPoint (CNP). Their job is to ensure the delivery and transmission of your power. They maintain the power lines and other local distribution hardware that carries the electricity to your home or business.

In short, their job is to make sure that you have reliable electricity service to your home. When you have a power outage from a downed line, you should call CenterPoint.

Houston Energy Providers

Retail Electric Providers (REPs), also called energy suppliers are the companies you purchase electricity from. In deregulated portions of Texas, this is the company you will pay your electric bill to.

When you shop for electricity rates in Houston these are the companies that you will be comparing.

Fortunately, Houstonians have a lot of choices when it comes to finding an electricity provider.  But, before you enroll with the provider that offers the cheapest electricity rates, you should check the details of the plan.

Some providers sneak hidden fees or insanely high early termination fees into their electricity plans. You may not notice these charges until they show up on your electricity bill.

Electricity rates in Houston fluctuate daily, so finding the best electricity plan can be overwhelming. There are so many energy providers and brands. EnergyBot only partners with electricity providers that meet our strict requirements. Some of the most popular energy companies in Houston are:  

Renewable Energy Plans in Houston

Buying solar panels for your home is a large investment, but it's not the only way you can power your home with green energy.

Many electricity providers like Reliant, TXU Energy, and Energy Texas offer green energy plans. When you sign up for a renewable energy plan your provider is required to purchase electricity from renewable sources like wind or solar.

So if you don't want to fork over the extra money to buy solar panels, buying a renewable electricity plan is a good alternative if you want to help grow the adoption of renewable energy.

Another critical aspect to consider when shopping for a green energy plan is the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). This regulation requires energy providers to produce a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable sources. In Texas, the RPS target was surpassed in 2009, and the state continues to be a leader in renewable energy production. Therefore, Houston residents can be confident that they are supporting a more sustainable energy future when choosing a green energy plan.

Before making a final decision, consider the costs associated with a renewable energy plan. While green energy has become more affordable in recent years, the prices can still vary significantly between providers and plans. Look for any additional fees, such as early termination or setup fees, to ensure that you are getting the best possible deal.

Lastly, it is crucial to understand the environmental impact of your chosen energy source. While all renewable energy options are more sustainable than traditional fossil fuels, some sources have a lower carbon footprint than others. Researching the specific environmental benefits of each option can help you make a more educated decision about which green energy plan aligns with your personal values and goals.

Switch Electricity Providers in Houston

Finding a new electricity provider in Houston is simple with EnergyBot. Follow these simple steps to get the lowest electricity rate in Houston.

Step 1: Shop Houston electric companies and prices

Enter your zip code at the top of this page and you can quickly see plans from the top Houston electric companies. For even better pricing use our data linking tool to pull in your historic usage from your utility.

Step 2: Review the plan details

Energy plans often have long confusing contracts. We don't like teaser rates and tricky terms, so we filter out the plans that trick customers into bill spikes. Each plan you see on our site has plan details. This breaks down the most important information about the plan into a way that is easy to understand.

Step 3: Confirm the switch to a new energy provider

Once you have decided on a new energy plan for your home business just follow the prompts to confirm. Once you're done, we give you dashboard to see the status of your contract.

Types of Energy Plans in Houston

Houston energy providers offer rates and plans with a range of options and terms. While you will see many types of plans for the most part they are in two categories: fixed-rate and variable rate.

Fixed-Rate Electricity Plans in Houston

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 Electricity Plans Houston

Variable-rate plan rates may change on a monthly basis based on market factors. Variable-rate plans offer more flexibility but present more volatility in pricing. Price changes may impact your monthly electricity bill in the form of price hikes. In most cases, we do not recommend variable-rate plans.

Houston Commercial Electric Rates

Rates updated daily

Provider
Term
Rate
AP Gas & Electric
1 month
4.83¢
AP Gas & Electric
3 months
5.41¢
NRG Energy, Inc.
3 months
6.18¢
NRG Energy, Inc.
3 months
6.42¢
NRG Energy, Inc.
60 months
7.66¢