You Have the Power to Switch Electricity Providers

The power to switch is all about knowing your rights as an electric customer. In Texas, the electricity market is deregulated. Instead of only being able to get electricity from the utility and then paying the rates the utility requires, Texas retail electricity providers buy energy from generators at wholesale prices. Providers then compete with each other to offer consumers more options in terms of their electricity plans. Every electricity consumer in Texas' deregulated markets has to choose a retail electricity provider, but once you choose you don't have to stay with that provider forever. You have the power to switch electricity providers to find the best service and the best rates to meet your electric needs.

Why make the electric power switch?

The ability to make an electric power switch gives Texas energy consumers the freedom to shop and search for a new rate. Texans switch power providers for a number of reasons. You may choose to switch power supply providers because you move to a new utility area that your current retail provider doesn't service. Maybe you switch power providers because you're unhappy with your current provider's level of customer service. Maybe your reason for switching is simply to find a better rate than what you have now. Whatever your reason may be, you have the power to switch electricity providers.

You can switch power supply providers to find more agreeable terms, snag a better rate or get green electricity. If you have a month-to-month plan for your power supply, switch at the end of any billing month. If you are locked into a longer contract and want to exit early, you may want to investigate what fees may be assessed if you switch. Power supply will be the same when you switch power providers, so you don't have to worry about sub-standard electricity supply.

When looking at the variety of retailers, you can choose from long- or short-term contracts; fixed, variable or indexed rates; and traditional or renewable energy plans. Some retail electricity providers even offer rewards programs that give you bill credits, gift cards or other perks for paying on time or referring new customers. You also have lots of options when it comes to paying your bill. Many providers accept credit card, online or over-the-phone payments. It's easy to make the power supply switch and worth the time if you can save on your electric bill. One phone call is all it takes to switch power providers in Texas. You can get the plan that works well for you when you exercise your power to switch today!

Ready to switch power providers?

Switching retail electricity providers in Texas couldn't be easier. After more than a decade of deregulation, the Texas electricity industry is well versed in smooth transitions.

  • Make the call. When you're ready to use your power to switch, simply call the provider of the plan you choose. Your new provider will send you information for the plan you've signed up for. Review this contract carefully to be sure you want to switch power providers. You have three business days to cancel your order if you change your mind.
  • No interruptions. When you switch power providers, you don't have to worry about any interruption in electricity service, and service reliability is not affected by which provider you choose. Once you choose your new plan, it takes about seven business days for your switch to go into effect.
  • Avoid fees. You should also carefully review your contract with your current provider of power supply. Switch before your current contract is up, and you could be slapped with early termination fees or penalties.

ChooseTexasPower.org can help you learn how to choose your power supply. Switch today and you could save on energy in Texas.