Exercise Your Power to Choose in Texas
Prior to Senate Bill 7, Texas utilities had full control of the electricity market. State government had a hand in setting prices in the state and designated “all-in-one” electricity companies for each service area. These companies performed the duties of power plants, transmission and distribution utilities, and retail electric providers combined.
The impact of deregulation
The deregulation of the Texas electricity market brought about several changes. The state government no longer regulated the price of the commodity supply, the big energy monopolies were replaced by independent businesses and new retail electric providers (REPs) moved in. The result was that customers could now choose the retail company and plan that best fit them instead of having to go along with the only option available.
Check the list below for information on Hawkins electricity companies:
|Alba||Big Sandy||Clarksville City||East Mountain|
|Liberty City||Lindale||Mineola||Oak Grove|
What you have the power to choose in Hawkins
You can choose a plan from any of the Hawkins electricity companies that offer retail energy. These companies offer you a rate plan, send you monthly statements and provide customer service if you have a question. Some companies also offer green electricity sourced from renewable energy like solar heat and kinetics from wind and water. If you buy a green energy plan, you’re typically investing in renewable energy credits that offset the energy you use at home.
What you don’t have the power to choose in Hawkins
You can’t choose your poles and wires company, also known as your transmission and distribution utility (TDU) or transmission and distribution service provider (TDSP). These companies are tasked with reading your meter, maintaining poles and wires and responding to outages.
The power to save energy
In addition to choosing your REP and possibly a renewable energy plan, you can also make smart decisions that can lower your energy bill. Try these easy changes:
- Adjust or turn off your thermostat when you’re not home. If you install a programmable thermostat, you can set it to adjust the temperature or turn the air off at specific times and intervals. Using a ceiling fan makes rooms feel noticeably cooler at a fraction of the cost of air conditioning. Because heating and cooling make up most of the average home’s energy costs, the savings can be substantial.
- Wash full loads of dishes and clothes and use the shortest cycle necessary to clean them. Skip the drying cycle and let the dishes air dry. Hang your clothes out to dry if the weather permits.
- Avoid setting your water heater above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Take shorter, cooler showers and use a low-flow showerhead.
- Plug electronic devices into a power strip to prevent energy leakage that can occur when devices are shut off but still in standby mode. Put your computer to sleep or shut it down when not in use. Keep an eye out for the ENERGY STAR® label when shopping for new electronics.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient CFL or LED bulbs. These bulbs, especially LED bulbs, use significantly less electricity and last much longer.