No-Deposit Electricity Plans
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About no-deposit plans

When you sign up for a new electricity plan, providers usually check customers’ credit scores and require a deposit for customers who don’t meet minimum credit score requirements. Usually, you’ll need a minimum credit score of 580 to 600, or you’ll have to put down a security deposit to cover possible late payments.

No-deposit electricity plans offer an alternative for customers who don’t meet the credit threshold, don’t want a credit check, or don’t want to make a deposit. Light companies with no deposit allow you to pay for the energy you use upfront, so your money isn’t tied up in deposits. You want your money working for you or saved for an emergency.

In deregulated areas of Texas, you have the power to choose your energy provider and plan, including considering light companies with no deposit. Choose Texas Power makes finding reliable companies with affordable no-deposit plans easy. Just enter your ZIP code here or read on to learn more about how these plans work.

Ways to avoid deposits

Electricity bill deposits can cost up to 20% of your estimated annual electricity cost, or the estimated amount for the first two months of service. For many Texas customers, that amount could be $200–$350+. No-deposit electric companies in Texas offer options for consumers.

To qualify a customer for a no-deposit plan, electricity companies consider:

  • Past customers: If you’ve been a former customer of an electricity rep within the past two years, you could avoid a deposit.
  • No delinquencies: Of course, you’ll only avoid deposits if you don’t have a delinquent note on your electric account. 
  • Payment history: With a satisfactory payment history, you may be able to avoid paying a deposit. 
  • Prepaid plans: When you prepay, you can avoid paying a deposit.

Types of no-deposit plans

If you’re looking for a light company with no-deposit requirements, you’ll most often find two options: prepaid or no-deposit plans for high credit scores.

Prepaid plans

The most common type of no-deposit plan is a prepaid electricity plan. With prepaid plans, customers pay for their electricity beforehand. Unlike a deposit, which doesn’t cover your electricity usage, payments on a prepaid plan go directly toward your electricity costs.

With prepaid energy plans, also known as pay-as-you-go electricity plans, you’ll receive notifications about your energy usage. These plans ensure you only pay for the energy you consume. When your usage nears the amount you’ve paid, you will need to add more funds to your account to continue your electricity service. You don’t have to spend additional money to begin your service.

High credit scores

Many electricity companies offer no-deposit plans to customers that meet their credit score threshold. These plans require a credit check, and you can begin service without a deposit if you qualify. 

Curious if you qualify for a light company no deposit plan? Enter your ZIP code, and Choose Texas Power can help you find whether you qualify and help you compare reliable providers.

Is a no-deposit plan right for me?

Many light companies have no-deposit plans, but they don’t suit everyone. Before signing up for a plan with a no-deposit electricity company in Texas, consider the following benefits and drawbacks.

Pros of no-deposit plans

  • No-deposits: The money you pay on a no-deposit plan goes directly toward your home’s electric service costs. You don’t have to tie up cash in a security deposit.
  • No credit checks: Prepaid no-deposit plans don’t require credit checks, making them a good option for customers with low credit scores or those who want to avoid a credit check altogether.
  • Bill control: Under a prepaid plan, you have control over how much you spend on electricity bills. Pay-as-you-go plans are ideal for customers who wish to control electricity usage and expenses.
  • No contracts: Because you pay upfront, no-deposit plans don’t require contracts, meaning you can cancel anytime without incurring early termination fees (ETFs).

Cons of no-deposit plans

  • Upfront costs: Although it’s not considered a deposit, you’ll likely need to pay for your electricity upfront if you choose a prepaid plan. This requirement may not apply if you fall into a high-credit bracket with no-deposit options.
  • Automatic shut-offs: Many no-deposit plans are prepaid or require frequent monthly payments. If you use up the electricity you paid for, your service could automatically be disconnected until you add more money to your account.
  • Higher rates: Some no-deposit plans have higher electricity rates than other plans. While choosing an electricity company for a no-deposit plan can be a good option for immediate service, it can cost more in the long run.

No-deposit electric companies

Not all retail electricity providers (REPs) offer no-deposit plans. In the Choose Texas Power marketplace, customers interested in no-deposit electricity companies in Texas can explore offerings from companies like Payless Power. Or, if you have a high credit score, select the provider of your choice, and we’ll let you know if it requires a deposit. Note that high credit score criteria can vary by provider, so you can also compare plan offerings for your credit score. 

To explore no-deposit options, enter your ZIP code and filter for “all credit approved” to find plans in your area. If you aren’t sure what type of plan is best for you, call one of our energy experts for more guidance.

No-deposit electricity plan FAQs

Does a no-deposit energy plan require a credit check?

If you sign up for a prepaid no-deposit plan, Choose Texas Power does not need to run a credit check. However, we will need to run a soft credit check if you’d like to know if you qualify for other plans.

Do I have to sign a contract for a no-deposit plan?

Most no-deposit plans are month-to-month, meaning you do not need to sign a long-term contract and can easily switch to another energy plan. Check the contract terms in your plan to find the most accurate information about term length and ETFs

How quickly can I begin service under a no-deposit plan?

Several energy providers that offer no-deposit plans can provide same-day connections. Most Texas homes have smart meters, so you won’t need to schedule a technician visit for service to begin, and your provider can bring your home online remotely.

Can I transfer my no-deposit plan to a new address if I move?

If you are moving to a new home, contact your no-deposit light company directly to discuss whether it operates in your new area. If it does, you can ask about transferring your plan. Otherwise, you can use the Choose Texas Power marketplace to find another light company with no-deposit plans.

My power went out. What should I do next?

In the event of a power outage, you should always contact your utility company. Your utility is different from your electric provider based on your location. It is responsible for maintaining electrical infrastructure and restoring power during an outage. Visit our utilities page for a detailed list of Texas utility companies and how to contact them.

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