Ultimate Texas Electricity Rate Guide – Cost and Compare

Most Texans get to choose their own electricity provider, putting the buying power in their hands. But before you choose you’re provider, there are some important things to consider. This Texas electricity rates guide will show you how to examine the cost of electrify in different deregulated territories and properly compare rates and to understand a fixed energy charge in Texas. But first, how did we get here? In the mid-1990s, Texas began deregulating most of its electricity market, giving customers more options and fostering competition. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) operators the power grid, and roughly 85% of Texas customers can choose their own electric provider. The move broke up monopolies and separated the industry into three parts: Production: Power plants generate the energy, and deregulation welcomed innovations in clean energy and more efficient power plants. Transmission and Distribution Service Providers (TDSPs): These companies (commonly … [Read more...]

Are Solar Panels Worth Having in Texas?

Residential solar power in Texas has grown in popularity as costs have been nearly cut in half over the last few years. Texas obviously is a great place to consider going solar. The Lone Star State gets a whole lot of sun, and temperatures regularly get into the 100s in the summer. Even in other seasons, the Texas sun is still shining high and bright. If you’re wondering if photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are worth it in Texas, consider these major benefits of going solar. Removing Yourself from the Rise in Electricity Costs The first benefit is that you’re capping yourself off from the rise in electricity costs. How much will electricity costs be in the next five, 10, 20 years? No one knows, but historically, costs have risen by roughly 3.5 percent annually. According to the U.S. Energy Information Association, electricity costs in Texas were around 10 cents per kWh in 2010, and have reached around 13 cents per kWh in 2017. So, generating your own electricity from solar … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Crazy Reliant Fee – $5.95 to Call Customer Support!?

A new Ambit Energy consultant on my team sent an image of his bill for us to look at it. We noticed an inconspicuous line that noted customers would be charged a fee of $5.95 PER CALL to call customer care. That's insane! How is that caring for your customers? No, this probably applied to the specific plan this customer was on, but charging your customers $5.95 just to call customer support is just crazy. Always be aware of hidden fees like this. I always make sure my Ambit Energy customers have my cell phone number so they can call or text me any time they have questions. If we need to pull in Ambit customer service, we will. Ambit does not charge an extra fee just to call customer support. See the video below to see the fee and for a couple more tips on things to spot on a bill so that you know what you're really paying. Also read this post on how to find your true average rate on a Texas electricity bill. … [Read more...]

VIDEO: How to Find Your True Average Rate on a Texas Electric Bill

Do you know how to find your real average rate on your Texas electricity bill? What do all those numbers mean? The short video below explains a great trick on finding your average rate so that you can accurately calculate the cost of your bill and do an apples to apples comparison of other rates. Don't be fooled by what some Texas electricity companies advertise. After watching this video you'll know how to find the true rate. Contact me for a fast and free quote and rate comparison. Sign Up to Get Ambit Energy News, Money-Saving and Money-Earning Tips! … [Read more...]

Need-to-Know Tips for Setting Up Electricity Service in Texas

Set up your electricity seven to 10 days before you move in. Don’t be that person who tries to set up your electricity service the day before you move in. Creating an account with an electricity company is very simple and takes just a few minutes, but it usually takes two to three business days for your service to go active. Getting your electricity turned on is a little more involved. Your local delivery or utility company, such as Oncor in North Texas or CenterPoint in South Texas, handles the meters. They are responsible for turning your electricity on. Most delivery companies do not come out to location on the weekend, so be sure to schedule your service to be activated on a week day. If you are moving on a weekend, it’s best to schedule your service to activate on a Thursday or Friday. And because of this, Fridays are always the busiest days. Don’t wait to schedule your service until just a couple days before you need service. Once you know the date you need service to be … [Read more...]