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A guide to switching your electricity provider
Thanks to the deregulated Texas energy market, residents and businesses in most of the Lone Star State have the power to choose their electricity provider. You can take advantage of this freedom whether you’re just starting a new energy plan or you want to switch electric companies. Switching providers can mean big savings if you’re strategic about shopping for electricity.
Switching electricity providers in Texas can be overwhelming, and it may seem easier to stick with your current service, even if you aren’t happy. That’s where Choose Texas Power comes in — we make it easy to change electric companies and find a plan that satisfies your needs and budget. Read on to learn more about switching providers, or enter your ZIP code now to get started.
When to switch electric providers
In a deregulated market, you’re free to switch light companies at any time. Some customers switch electricity providers because they are moving to a new utility area that their current retail electricity provider (REP) doesn’t service. But there are many reasons to consider switching electricity providers in Texas, even if you aren’t moving.
You want a lower rate or different options. Electricity prices change constantly. Depending on when you last bought a plan, you may now be paying more than you need to. Or maybe you have a variable rate that fluctuates frequently and you want something more stable. Whatever the issue, switching electricity providers in Texas can help you find a plan that suits your current energy preferences.
Your current plan no longer fits your needs. Sometimes things change, and your plan should account for that. Whether you’ve decided to go green or your average usage has changed, it’s OK to outgrow your plan and shop for a new one.
You are unhappy with your current provider’s level of service. Deregulation encourages competition, which means you have plenty of options for electric service. There is no reason to stay with a supplier that doesn’t meet your standards. Click here to learn more about the REPs available to you.
How to switch to a different electricity provider
It may sound like a headache, but switching electric companies is easy. All it takes is a few steps and a few minutes. If you have questions along the way, call the number on your screen, and one of our energy specialists can walk you through it.
Check your eligibility
Only customers in deregulated areas can switch electric companies. Almost all of Texas is deregulated, but a few cities aren’t. If you’re unsure about your town, enter your ZIP code, and we’ll let you know.
Check your current contract
Before you change your electric company in Texas, you should prepare to make an informed decision — and that includes knowing any fees you’ll have to pay to make the switch. Have the following information ready:
- Your current provider’s name
- Your rate per kilowatt-hour (kWh)
- Any other monthly charges or usage fees
- Any early termination fees (ETFs)
You can find your provider’s name and rate on your contract or on your last monthly bill, which likely looks something like this example. On your bill, the rate, along with other monthly usage fees, is listed in a section called “Energy Charges,” “Supply Charges,” or “Generation Charges.” You’ll need to review your contract for any ETFs you’ll have to pay if you cancel while you’re still under contract.
Compare energy companies and electric rates
Now that you have the information you need to switch electricity providers, you’re ready to shop around. When you enter your ZIP code, we’ll show you the current rates available in your area. Filter by type of rate, provider, or contract length to narrow your options. For more information about plan types, see our guide to understanding electric plan options.
Choose your plan with confidence
When you find a plan you like, you can sign up over the phone or online. We won’t send you to another website to complete the process. Your new provider will ensure your transition goes smoothly.
Click here for more information about how the Choose Texas Power marketplace works.
What happens next?
Once you sign up, we’ll give you a confirmation number. You’ll also receive confirmation emails in your inbox — one from us and one from your new provider. After that, your work is done. Your new provider will coordinate with your utility company and previous provider to switch your service. You should not experience any power outages, and the change in electric companies will be reflected on your next bill.
If you have any questions, give us a call. Our team members are here to support you at every step. Once you’re ready to switch light companies, enter your ZIP code to head to the marketplace.
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