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Cheapest Electricity in Houston

Cheapest Electricity in Houston

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 by Author

If you live in Pearland or Houston then you most likely are in the Centerpoint Energy Service area.  Even though right now your electric bill probably isn't the top of your worries, come summer time you will surely be wishing you had a low fixed rate.  I just got done with my 12 month contract with Stream Energy.  After some googling I found a state run site that displays all the power companies and their rates.  Not sure who's idea this was, but I applaud the idea. For once I am a huge supporter of the government getting involved.  The rates displayed on this blog were AS OF March 10th, 2010 ( I updated them recently ).  Keep in mind these rates may change often, so be sure to check back at powertochoose.org.  Just think what would happen to the cost of healthcare if a similar site was created.  I switched to Brilliant Energy, and got my rate locked in at 10.7 cents/ KWH for 12 months.  Now it appears rates go for as low as 10.6 Cents / KWH for 12 month fixed. There were cheaper rates but the last thing I want is to come out of contract in the middle of summer, then have to renew when its 100 degrees outside.  A buddy of mind did the month by month thing, and the result was it was cheap in the winter months, but they raised his rates to 26 cents / KWH in the summer.  Its a good idea to lock in your rate in the winter when rates are low.

Keep in mind these prices were based on my zip code of 77584. ( Pearland, Texas ). But I suspect the rates won't vary much for other nearby Houston zipcodes.  So if you live anywhere in Houston, These rates might apply to you as well.  Also if you are thinking about switching, don't fall for all that marketing crap that the higher priced guys try to get you with ( about service and reliability ).  Centerpoint still owns the lines and the grid.  The way it works is your electric company has to provide electricity to the grid to match whatever you are taking out of the grid.  Think of it like an ocean of electricity.  Centerpoint owns the Ocean, and when you drink a glass of electricity, you utility company has to pour a glass into the ocean to match what you took out.  If you loose power its because the lines are down, not because of your power company.  So don't think that since you are paying 20 cents / KWH with some fancy marketing company that you will have power when everyone paying 9 cents variable won't.  If they don't have power you won't either  The only way around that is to get yourself a home generator. There is practically no reason not to switch to the cheapest provider. 
For the most recent prices check out PowerToChoose.org.  Whoever in the state government put together this site, needs to run for president.  I don't care what party you are ( Republican, Democrat, or Socialist ) you got my vote for whatever you run for.  The site was created by the Texas Public Utility Commission.  They oversee electric and telecommunicationsutilities in Texas. The mission of the PUC is to protect customers,foster competition and promote high quality infrastructure.  They just got my vote for the most important Government group in Texas.


Texas Retail Electric ProviderAvg. Price/kWh
(1,000 kWh) 
Rate
Type
Term (Mo.)
Cancellation Fee
Mega Energy, LP
12 month "Mega Man" Plan
10.6 Fixed 12
$200.00
Southwest Power & Light
"Online Enrollment Only" Spirit Of Texas Fixed Rate E-Plan with Guaranteed Savings
10.6 Fixed 12
$175.00
Brilliant Energy, LLC
Brilliant Low Price 12 Month Guarantee
10.6 Fixed 12
$200.00
Potentia Energy
Potentia Power 12
10.6 Fixed 12
$150.00
Champion Energy Services
Savings Champ-12
10.7 Fixed 12
$150.00
StarTex Power
Star "Secure" 1 Year Plan
10.8 Fixed 12
$150.00
Dynowatt
12 Month SecureRate Fixed Price Plan
10.8 Fixed 12
$25 X remaining months
Spark Energy
12 Month Spark Online Advantage
10.8 Fixed 12
$175.00
Bounce Energy
Terrific 12Get Lucky with Bounce Energy Rewards and find your pot of gold at the end of your contract term with a $75 bill credit!
10.9 Fixed 12
$200.00
Gexa Energy
Gexa 12
10.9 Fixed 12
$150.00
Texas Power
Texas Power 12 Month Fixed Price Plan
10.9 Fixed 12
$150.00
Kinetic Energy
Simple Savings One-Year
10.9 Fixed 12
$200.00
Simple Power
Simple 12
11.0 Fixed 12
$150.00
YEP
"Online Enrollment Only" Fixed Rate E-Plan with Guaranteed Savings
11.0 Fixed 12
$175.00
Amigo Energy
Online 12-month Program - New low rate! Easy to switch/simple online billing and payment
11.0 Fixed 12
$150.00
Southwest Power & Light
"Online Enrollment Only" Renewable Healthy Heart Of Texas Fixed Rate E-Plan
11.1 Fixed 12
$175.00
Cirro Energy
Smart Lock 12
11.1 Fixed 12
$150.00
Kinetic Energy
Simply Green One-Year
11.2 Fixed 12
$200.00
Gexa Energy
Gexa 12 with 25% Wind
11.2 Fixed 12
$150.00
Abacus Resources Energy
12 Month Residential Fixed Price Product
11.2 Fixed 12
$100.00
Abacus Resources Energy
12 Month Residential Green Fixed Price Product
11.3 Fixed 12
$100.00
Dynowatt
12 Month GoGreen Fixed Price Plan
11.3 Fixed 12
$25 X remaining months
YEP
12 Month Fixed Rate Guaranteed E-Plan
11.3 Fixed 12
$175.00
YEP
"Online Enrollment Only" Green Earth 100% Renewable E-Plan with Fixed Term
11.4 Fixed 12
$175.00
Tara Energy
Paperless e-Plan Fixed - 12 Months
11.5 Fixed 12
$250.00
StarTex Power
12 Month Texas Wind Power Fixed Rate Product
11.5 Fixed 12
$150.00
Champion Energy Services
Green Power-12
11.5 Fixed 12
$150.00
Gexa Energy
Gexa Green 12
11.5 Fixed 12
$150.00
YEP
Green Earth 100% Renewable E-Plan with 12 Month Fixed Term
11.7 Fixed 12
$175.00
Bounce Energy
Blue Sky Fixed 12Get Lucky with Bounce Energy Rewards and find your pot of gold at the end of your contract term with a $75 bill credit!
11.7 Fixed 12
$200.00
Reliant Energy
Secure -12 with 20% Wind ePlan
11.9 Fixed 12
$150.00
APNA Energy
APNA Super Saver 12
11.9 Fixed 12
$200.00
Frontier Utilities
Frontier Simplicity Online Your Way 12
11.9 Fixed 12
$199.00
Direct Energy
Price Protection Plan 12
11.9 Fixed 12
$200.00
Stream Energy
One-Year Fixed Rate
11.9 Fixed 12
$250.00
Ambit Energy
Lone Star Select-1 Year Term
12.0 Fixed 12
$199.00
MXenergy
Residential Fixed
12.0 Fixed 12
$150.00
Amigo Energy
GoGreen 100% Renewable Energy - Fight global warming with Texas wind power
12.1 Fixed 12
$150.00
Stream Energy
Green & Clean Plan (Fixed Rate)
12.1 Fixed 12
$250.00
First Choice Power
Simply Better Web Advantage Green
12.3 Fixed 12
$150.00
Gateway Power Services
12 month Fixed-Rate Plan + $50 Visa Prepaid Card. Use Sign Up link below and redeem code PWR2C.
12.4 Fixed 1212.50 per month remaining
Direct Energy
Pure Texas Wind Plan
12.4 Fixed 12
$200.00
Ambit Energy
Ambit Certified Green-1 Year Term
12.6 Fixed 12
$199.00
TXU Energy
TXU Energy Resident's Choice - Web Exclusive
12.7 Fixed 12
$150.00
Tara Energy
Save & Care Green Fixed - 12 Months
12.7 Fixed 12
$250.00
Green Mountain Energy Company
Pollution Free- Reliable Rate + $50 Gift Card for Online Enrollment- See Special Terms for details.
13.3 Fixed 12
$200.00
TXU Energy
TXU Energy Texas Choice 12 - with Cash Back Loyalty Rewards!
13.5 Fixed 12
$100.00
Texpo Energy
Texpo One Year Savings Plan
13.5 Fixed 12
$175.00
Frontier Utilities
Renew Frontier Clean and Green 12
13.7 Fixed 12
$199.00
Spark Energy
12 Month Spark 100% Renewable Advantage
13.8 Fixed 12
$300.00
Texpo Energy
Clear Blue Skies 100% Renewable 12 Month Plan
13.9 Fixed 12
$175.00

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