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Understand Houston Electricity Plans

The Bayou City is diverse in its population, culture and electricity rates. Houston attracts college students who attend well-known schools in the area such as Texas Southern University, University of Houston and Rice University. Also, Houston's entertainment and year-round events appeal to young couples and families. Attend an Astros game in Minute Maid Park or visit the Houston Zoo – there's always something happening in H-town.

There are approximately 5,000 businesses associated with the energy industry in Houston, which is why the city is known as the world's "Energy Capital." Houston is home to more than 2 million people and is one of the most populated areas in the United States. City homeowners, renters and business owners get to choose between energy companies in Houston to supply their electricity. In Houston, one electricity supply rate won't fit the needs of all energy users. Therefore, it's important for consumers to use electric choice to shop for the best plan for them.

Research energy companies in Houston

Since the city is deregulated, you can shop for electricity in Houston. However, not all Texans are able to do this. Comparing Houston electricity plans means you have the ability to find a supply plan to match your typical energy consumption. In your community, you'll have about 60 options available.

Families putting down roots in areas such as Bellaire and Piney Point Village might look into longer energy plan term lengths. Consumers can browse Houston electricity plans that last for a few years.

Or you might be renting in Southside Place and you can't determine how long you'll be in the area. Shorter plans could be available to accommodate your needs. Electricity rates in Houston that range from month to month, six months or one year might be a better decision for renters.

No matter whether you're a homeowner or renter, research your supply options when it comes to electricity in Houston. Retail electric providers (REPs) are quite different from one another, so explore qualities you'd want in an energy company.

Get to know your TDSP, CenterPoint Energy

REPs sell electricity rates to Houston energy consumers, but transmission and distribution service providers (TDSPs) deliver the supply of electricity. In Houston, CenterPoint Energy serves as the area's TDSP and works with about 85 REPs. If your power goes out, immediately report the issue to CenterPoint Energy, not your REP. Use the following phone numbers to get in touch with your Houston TDSP.

CenterPoint Energy emergency phone numbers: 713-207-2222 or 800-332-7143

On ChooseTexasPower.org, find energy solutions in your area by typing in your ZIP code. If you'd rather talk to an energy expert over the phone, call today! We can help you explore your options and give you advice on available energy supply plans.

Sources: www.puc.texas.gov; www.houstontx.gov; www.centerpointenergy.com.

Updated: 1-13-2016