How to Switch Energy Providers
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A guide to switching your electricity provider

Many major cities in Texas allow you to choose your electricity provider, thanks to energy deregulation. Residents and business owners in large and small cities across the state, such as Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, or Corpus Christi, have the power to choose their energy plan from various providers in a competitive market. However, choosing an electric provider and energy plan can be challenging with so many available options. 

Fortunately, learning how to change electricity providers has never been easier. The Choose Texas Power marketplace streamlines the process of finding the best electricity providers in your area so you can switch energy plans quickly. With our marketplace, you can compare options, search for the cheapest energy plan, filter by preferred feature, and start saving on your energy bill today.

Here’s what you need to know about switching energy providers and picking the right energy plan for your Texas home or business.

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When to switch electric companies

In a deregulated market, you can switch electricity companies anytime, depending on your current situation. Some customers switch electricity providers because their new location is out of their current retail electricity provider’s (REP) service area. But there are other reasons to switch electricity providers in Texas, from lower rates to green energy.

You want a lower rate or different options. Electricity prices change constantly. You may be paying more than you’d like to for your current electric plan. Or, if you have a variable rate that fluctuates, a fixed rate may provide more stability.

Your current plan no longer fits your needs. Sometimes priorities change, and your energy plan should account for that. Whether you’ve decided to go green or your average usage has shifted, it’s normal for your household or business needs to change. Choose Texas Power can help you shop for a new plan.

You are unhappy with your current provider’s 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. Consider switching to a Texas energy company with better customer satisfaction ratings.

How to switch to a different electricity provider

It may sound like a headache, but switching electricity companies is easy. It only takes a few steps to find a new provider. Using the Choose Texas Power marketplace, you can filter by plan type, price, household size, provider, length of service, and more. 

Follow these steps to switch electric providers. If you have questions about the process, you can call the number on your screen to speak with one of our energy specialists.

Check your eligibility

Only customers in deregulated areas can switch electric companies. Deregulated electricity is almost everywhere in the Lone Star State, but a few cities don’t have it — Austin, San Antonio, and Fredericksburg are examples of regulated cities. If you’re unsure about your town, enter your ZIP code on our marketplace.

Check your current contract

Before you change your electric company in Texas, you should prepare to make an informed decision — plan ahead for 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)

If you switch plans within 14 days of your current contract’s end, you won’t need to pay an ETF. Similarly, variable-rate plans and no-deposit electricity plans may not have an early termination fee.

Compare energy companies and electric rates

Now that you understand the switching process, you can exercise your power to choose a Texas energy provider. When you enter your ZIP code, we’ll show you available electricity rates in your area. You can filter by rate type, provider, or contract length to narrow your options. Review our guide to understanding electric plans for more information about plan types.

Choose your plan with confidence

You can sign up over the phone or online when you find a plan you like. We won’t send you to another website to complete the process, making it easy to sign up in minutes. Your new provider will ensure your transition goes smoothly.

What happens next?

Once you sign up for an electricity plan, we’ll give you a confirmation number. You’ll receive two confirmation emails — one from Choose Texas Power and one from your new provider. Your new provider will coordinate with your utility company and previous provider to switch your service. Your power will continue without interruption, and your next bill will show the change in electric companies.

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Let us put the power in your hands with a new electricity plan.

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