Congratulations to the light companies in Texas who made our list of the “Best Light Companies in Texas You Can Trust”. You will find trustworthy cheap light companies with the cheapest light rates, including energy providers with no deposit lights (prepaid lights). Compare vetted Texas electric companies and energy plans on our consumer advocacy site.
Best Light Companies in Texas
|Reliant Energy||Reliant Reviews|
|Gexa Energy||Gexa Reviews|
|TriEagle Energy||TriEagle Reviews|
|Cirro Energy||Cirro Reviews|
|Pulse Power||Pulse Reviews|
|Green Mountain Energy||Green Mt. Reviews|
|Champion Energy||Champion Reviews|
|Just Energy||Just Reviews|
|Amigo Energy||Amigo Reviews|
|Discount Power||Discount Reviews|
|Chariot Energy||Chariot Reviews|
|Direct Energy||Direct Reviews|
|TXU Energy||TXU Reviews|
|Hello Energy||Hello Reviews|
|Constellation Energy||Constellation Reviews|
|Ambit Energy||Ambit Reviews|
|Stream Energy||Stream Reviews|
|Lone Star Energy||Lone Star Reviews|
* The order of electric companies above does not reflect a ranking.
How Texas’ Best Light Companies were Chosen
The biggest complaint of Texas light company customers is that their energy plan provided a bill surprise, so we vet each plan to help you avoid gimmick plans which cause bombshell bills. The Texas light companies included in our list that offer trustworthy plans were judged based on the following:
- trustworthiness and transparency
- customer service and complaint resolution
- affordable pricing (considering rates and value based on level of service)
- overall customer satisfaction
Light companies enroll you in residential Texas electricity plans and bill you, while transmission and distribution utilities (TDUs) such as Centerpoint and Houston, and Oncor in Dallas, transmit the energy to your home.
Our Texas Electricity Guides Help you Choose the Best Light Company and Plan
Use our handy guides to help choose the best light company and energy plan for your home. It’s especially important to learn how to read the Electricity Fact Label (EFL), and use the EFL in combination with your home’s usage data, which you’ll find with the help of our Texas Smart Meter Guide.
You’ll also want to learn how to find the cheapest electricity rates in Texas by zip code, as well as get discount energy rates with promo codes and check out reviews for Texas light companies. If you’re interested in clean energy to combat climate change, find out how much CO2 is emitted by regular fossil-sourced plans, and then explore 100% renewable energy plans.
Rates and Plan Details for a Sampling of the Best Light Companies
Below are Texas energy plans offered by a sampling of the light companies on our list. You’ll find plans from all the best light companies by typing your zip code in the box below, which will take you to our energy plans page, where you can view information in English and Spanish. The largest prepaid light company is Reliant Energy, and you can call their number for information on prepaid lights.
Electricity Rates of Best Texas Light Companies (Oncor zone). Enter zip code for your rates.
|Average Monthly Usage|
|Smart Lock 24 Online||14.3¢||12.9¢||11.8¢||24 Months||Fixed||$200||0%|
|Smart Value 12 Online||12.4¢||8.3¢||9.2¢||12 Months||Fixed||$200||0%|
|Gexa Superb Saver 12||18.4¢||14.5¢||7.6¢||12 Months||Fixed||$150.00||100%|
|Gexa Saver Premium 24||14.3¢||13.9¢||8.8¢||24 Months||Fixed||$295.00||100%|
|Gexa Saver 12||17.0¢||7.2¢||11.8¢||12 Months||Fixed||$150.00||100%|
|Gexa Saver Deluxe 12||16.0¢||5.6¢||10.5¢||12 Months||Fixed||$150.00||100%|
|Gexa Saver Supreme 24||16.2¢||7.4¢||11.4¢||24 Months||Fixed||$295.00||100%|
|Gexa Saver Freedom 36||13.6¢||13.2¢||13.1¢||36 Months||Fixed||$295.00||100%|
|Gexa Saver Freedom 12||12.8¢||12.4¢||12.3¢||12 Months||Fixed||$150.00||100%|
|Gexa Saver Premium 12||13.8¢||13.4¢||8.3¢||12 Months||Fixed||$150.00||100%|
|Gexa Saver Supreme 12||15.6¢||6.8¢||10.9¢||12 Months||Fixed||$150.00||100%|
|Just Energy Web Plan - 24||10.9¢||10.9¢||10.9¢||24 Months||Fixed||$175||0%|
|Just Energy Web Plan - 12||11.1¢||11.1¢||11.1¢||12 Months||Fixed||$175||0%|
|PULSE POWER PLANS|
|Texas Saver 12||16.1¢||6.2¢||10.8¢||12 Months||BillCredit||$125||19%|
|Texas Saver 36||16.6¢||6.7¢||11.3¢||36 Months||BillCredit||$125||19%|
|Texas Fixed 36||10.8¢||10.3¢||10¢||36 Months||Fixed||$20||19%|
|Texas Fixed 12||11.1¢||10.6¢||10.3¢||12 Months||Fixed||$20||19%|
|Texas Green 12||11.3¢||10.8¢||10.5¢||12 Months||Fixed||$20||100%|
|Texas Green 36||11.1¢||10.6¢||10.3¢||36 Months||Fixed||$20||100%|
|Truly Free 7 Days 12||14.5¢||14.1¢||13.9¢||12 Months||Fixed||$150||0%|
|Truly Free Weekends 12||14.5¢||14.1¢||13.9¢||12 Months||Fixed||$150||0%|
|Truly Free Nights 12||16¢||14.6¢||13.9¢||12 Months||Fixed||$150||0%|
|Secure Advantage 12||14.1¢||11.7¢||11.5¢||12 Months||Fixed||$150||5%|
|SMART Energy 36||11.6¢||11.1¢||10.8¢||36 Months||Fixed||$20.00||6%|
|Eagle 36||11.2¢||10.7¢||10.4¢||36 Months||Fixed||$20.00||6%|
|Eagle 24||11.2¢||10.7¢||10.4¢||24 Months||Fixed||$20.00||6%|
|SMART Energy 24||11.8¢||11.3¢||11¢||24 Months||Fixed||$20.00||6%|
|Eagle 12||11.6¢||11.1¢||10.8¢||12 Months||Fixed||$20.00||6%|
|Green Eagle 24||11.5¢||11¢||10.7¢||24 Months||Fixed||$20.00||100%|
|Green Eagle 36||11.6¢||11.1¢||10.8¢||36 Months||Fixed||$20.00||100%|
|Green Eagle 12||11.9¢||11.4¢||11.1¢||12 Months||Fixed||$20.00||100%|
Here’s the link to the best electricity rate chart in Texas, where you can make side by side comparisons.
Light Companies Frequently Asked Questions
What light company has the cheapest electricity rates in Texas?
Light companies on HomeEnergyClub.com featuring the cheapest electricity rates in Texas currently include:
- Gexa Energy (855-639-8212): ultra-low rates with bill credit and 60-day “Happiness Guarantee”
- Pulse Power (888-853-4219): ultra-low rates with bill credit and 90-day “Perfect Plan Guarantee”
- Cirro Energy (833-392-9778): low to mid-range pricing, Reliant Energy affiliate
- TriEagle Energy (888-380-4813): consistently low to mid-range pricing, no-gimmick plans, TXU Energy affiliate
The ultra cheap rate plans from Gexa Energy and Pulse Power tend to include bill credits that benefit homes within certain usage level ranges, and it’s important that you review the Electricity Facts Label to confirm that any bill credit plan matches your home’s energy usage levels. You’ll find our helpful How to Read an Electricity Facts Label guide to help you choose the correct plan.
Plans from TriEagle Energy tend to have rates which are low to mid-range, and the plans have more straightforward rate structures that produce more predictable bills across all usage levels. You’ll find information on dozens of Texas electric companies on Home Energy Club, and the light companies that are cheapest at any given time may change throughout the year.
Who is the best light company in Texas?
The current top 12 light companies that made our HomeEnergyClub.com list for the best light companies in Texas, include: Gexa Energy, Pulse Power, Cirro Energy, Reliant Energy, Green Mountain Energy, TriEagle Energy, Entrust Energy, Chariot Energy, TXU Energy, 4Change Energy, Champion Energy and Amigo Energy.
The companies selected are all reputable light companies (also called electric companies and energy providers), and they have good customer ratings for:
- Trustworthiness and transparency
- Customer service and complaint resolution
- Affordable pricing (considering rates and value based on level of service)
- Billing quality
Some of the brands Home Energy Club’s list were not included in the past, but have turned around their companies and have improved in our evaluations.
What is a good rate per kWh from light companies in Texas?
Due to the crash in commodity prices, current Texas kWh rates from light companies are not just “good”, they are exceptional. Rates began falling to extremely low levels in 2020 due to the decline in power generation source-fuel costs.
At HomeEnergyClub.com, you’ll find rates in the 5-cent and 6-cent range in the Houston and Dallas markets from top light companies (also called electric companies and electricity providers). It is a good time to consider locking in low rates for terms ranging up to 60 months. The most popular multi-year term is 36 months. Note that the average price for electricity in Texas in 2019 was over 11 cents per kWh, and rates will rise again as commodity prices recover.
How to switch light companies?
Switching light companies is easy and fast in Texas. First, learn details about over 40 light companies (also called electric companies and energy providers) servicing your area on HomeEnergyClub.com, and compare their electricity plans and rates. When you enroll in a new plan on your computer, tablet or phone, you will automatically be switched away to your new light company, and you do not have to notify the old one.
However, make sure that you are aware of any cancellation fees (called early termination fees, or ETFs) that you’ll be responsible for in the event that you terminate your contract before its end date. You can confirm termination fees by reviewing the Electricity Facts Label associated with your plan.
How to compare light companies?
You’ll find special low discount rates on light company plans from top brands by entering your zip code on HomeEnergyClub.com. You can compare light company plans side by side on the home page (click “Compare Plans” in the filter section). In many cases, the rates on our comparison site are lower than the ones you’ll find on the electric company websites for the same brand, term length and kWh usage level, due to our significant bargaining power. And there’s never a membership fee when you shop on Home Energy Club. Also, we vet each plan to cut the ones with tricky gimmicks which cause bill surprises.
When you review the details of the light company plans, be sure to read the Electricity Facts Label associated any plan you’re considering, to confirm that you are choosing a plan that matches the energy usage patterns of your home. Selecting the right plan for your home will help to prevent bill surprises. HomeEnergyClub.com provides easy-to-understand learning guides on its home page, including How to Read an Electricity Facts Label, and the Savvy Shopper’s 10-minute Guide to Choosing the Best Energy Plan in Texas.
Where to find cheap light companies near me?
About 85% of Texas residents live in de-regulated energy areas where you can enroll in your choice of cheap light company plans. To instantly view a list of cheap light company rates near you from trusted energy providers, simply enter your zip code at HomeEnergyClub.com.
The Club never charges a membership fee, and we use our bargaining power to offer rates from the top name brand light companies that are usually lower than the rates you’ll find on the light company websites for the same brand and term length. Home Energy Club also vets each plan to eliminate the ones with tricky gimmicks in order to help you avoid bill surprises. We are paid a small fee from energy suppliers for allowing them to display plans on our website, but we do not sell special treatment; we work for you, and it’s critical that we provide objective information.
Where to find light companies with no deposit or down payment?
Every major light company on HomeEnergyClub.com will provide no deposit electricity if you meet their credit score specifications and other credit criteria. If your credit score is not high enough to receive no-deposit electricity, some electric companies offer no-deposit prepaid plans with no credit checks, in which customers create an account and fund an initial account balance, then pay as they go. We recommend Payless Power for prepaid plans.
Also, electric companies provide deposit waivers due to government regulations and/or their policies, if you qualify based on the following documents:
- Letter of Credit: your most recent light company would need to send a “letter of credit” confirming your last 12 months of payments, and only one late payment is allowable.
- Low Income: you provide a letter from a government entity to prove your low income status.
- Military Veteran: military ID for active duty and reservists.
- Age 65 or older: state-issued ID card, driver’s license or passport.
- Medical Indigent: letter from a government agency certifying you are medically indigent.
- Victim of Family Violence: certification letter from the Texas Council on Family Violence or relevant government agency.
Where to find light companies with free nights and weekends?
Electricity plans offering free nights and weekends (and other time of use, or “TOU” plans), are offered by numerous light companies on HomeEnergyClub.com. These plans can potentially save you money, but only if the plan’s definition of “free” time periods is not too narrow, and if your home’s energy usage patterns match such a plan’s rate structure.
You can lower your electricity cost by choosing the cheapest time of day to use electricity for running a clothes dryer and dishwasher, charging your electric car and other energy-intensive activities. Carefully read the Electricity Facts Label to determine whether you will benefit from such a plan, because to offset the free weekend and free night hours, electric companies charge much higher rates for non-free hours, which can result in high energy bills if you have a high percentage of use during “paid” periods.
Where to find prepaid light companies?
You’ll find numerous reputable prepaid light companies at HomeEnergyClub.com, such as Reliant Energy and Payless Power. Go to the footer and click on “Prepaid Electricity”. Also, in the menu at the top of the home page, click on “Texas Electric Companies” to learn in-depth information on over 40 light companies in Texas.
Where to find light companies for low income customers?
Light companies that have a focus on low income families tend to have electricity plans with relatively low rates for apartments and small homes. Also, companies with prepaid energy plans tend to have a larger percentage of lower income customers.
On HomeEnergyClub.com, after entering your zip code, select “Apartments” or “Small Homes”, and compare electricity plans and rates that are the cheapest in your area from the top brand providers. Currently, TriEagle Energy and Pulse Power have the most competitive rates for apartments, and both are excellent light companies.