If you’re a new resident of Texas or new to energy choice, understanding your first electricity bill might be confusing. When you first look at your bill, you’ll see several lines such as your monthly supply rate charge, base charge (if you have one), transmission and delivery charges and sales taxes. The “total amount due” line is probably the first thing your eye goes to, but it’s important to understand why you’re paying what you’re paying.
No matter what you choose, be sure to understand the supply plan details. Some electric supply rates include delivery and transmission charges, but some do not. Some supply plans have a minimum energy usage requirement, and some do not. These factors will impact your monthly statement, so carefully read through each supply plan’s fact sheet.
Usually, your power bill will list who is your local distribution company, or utility. For example, if you live in the Houston area, you are located within the CenterPoint Energy service area. Therefore, you would call CenterPoint Energy at 1-800-332-7143 to report a power outage or damage to electrical infrastructure.
If the weather has been unusually hot or cold, that can also impact your monthly statement. As a Texas resident, summer months can be brutally hot and you will most likely have your air conditioning running all day long. This will increase your consumption of electricity. If you normally consume under 1,000 kWh a month when the weather is mild, your consumption might increase to over 1,000 when it’s much hotter. Remember that the more electricity you use, the higher your monthly bill will be.
Disclaimer: ChooseTexasPower.org is operated by Save On Energy LLC and is not affiliated with Power To Choose, powertochoose.org or the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT).