Houston Best Electricity Rates, Plans and Energy Providers

Electricity Companies in Houston: Compare electric companies in Houston and shop electricity plans from the best energy providers offering trusted no-gimmick Houston electricity rates for your home. Find the full list of light companies and rates for Houston on Home Energy Club by entering your zip code.

Reviews of Electric Companies in Houston: It’s important to read objective information about  electricity providers before you make the switch. Check out our Electric Companies reviews page to find reviews for top electricity providers. Reading reviews will help you find trustworthy providers offering cheap electricity in Houston

 

Houston Energy Plans & Rates

4 Reliant Energy Trusted Plans & Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Reliant - Basic Power 1212 Months11.2 ¢/kWh
Reliant - Basic Power 3636 Months11.2 ¢/kWh
Reliant - Truly Free Nights 1212 Months14.2 ¢/kWh
Reliant - Truly Free Weekends 1212 Months14.2 ¢/kWh
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Speak with a Reliant Energy operator directly in English or Spanish at 833-339-0416.

Call Reliant (833-339-0416)

3 Cirro Energy No-Gimmick Plans & Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Cirro - Smart Value 12 Online12 Months10.2 ¢/kWh
Cirro - Smart Saver 1515 Months11.4 ¢/kWh
Cirro - Smart Lock Online 2424 Months12.8 ¢/kWh
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Speak with a Cirro Energy operator directly in English or Spanish at 833-392-9778.

Call Cirro (833-392-9778) 

6 New Power Special Discount Rates (unit of Shell Energy)

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
New Power Texas - Power of Credit 1212 Months6.7 ¢/kWh
New Power Texas - Power of Credit 2424 Months6.8 ¢/kWh
New Power Texas - Power of Credit 3636 Months7 ¢/kWh
New Power Texas - Power of One 1212 Months18.6 ¢/kWh
New Power Texas - Power of One 2424 Months18.8 ¢/kWh
New Power Texas - Power of One 3636 Months19 ¢/kWh
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Call New Power to help you choose a plan with an ultra-low special rate at 866-505-0115.

Call New Power for help

2 Green Mountain Energy Plan & Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 12 Preferred12 Months13 ¢/kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 24 Preferred24 Months13.1 ¢/kWh
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Speak with a Green Mountain Energy operator directly in English or Spanish at 833-339-0421.

Call Green Mt (833-339-0421) 

9 Gexa Energy Plans & Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Gexa Saver Deluxe 1212 Months6.9 ¢/kWh
Gexa Saver Supreme 1212 Months7.4 ¢/kWh
Gexa Saver 1212 Months7.9 ¢/kWh
Gexa Saver Select 1212 Months9.5 ¢/kWh
Gexa Saver Value 1212 Months12.5 ¢/kWh
Gexa Saver Freedom 1212 Months12.7 ¢/kWh
Gexa Saver Premium 2424 Months13.2 ¢/kWh
Gexa Saver Premium 1212 Months13.9 ¢/kWh
Gexa Superb Saver 1212 Months15.4 ¢/kWh
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Speak with a Gexa Energy operator directly in English or Spanish at 855-639-8212.

Call Gexa (855-639-8212)

3 Discount Energy Plans & Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Discount Power - SAVER 2424 Months11 ¢/kWh
Discount Power - Wise Buy 2424 Months11.1 ¢/kWh
Discount Power - Value Plus 1212 Months11.6 ¢/kWh
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Speak with Discount Power operator directly in English or Spanish at 

Call Discount Power (833-556-6491)

1 Payless Power No Deposit

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Payless Power - SmarTricity Club Price 12 - Prepaid Plan12 Months14.7 ¢/kWh
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Speak with a Payless Power operator directly in English or Spanish at 833-926-9776.

Call Payless (833-926-9776)

Compare Houston electricity plans vetted to prevent billing surprises

 

Houston Business Electricity Quotes

If you are a Houston company looking for special discount rates on commercial energy plans with the best business electricity providers in Texas, you can conveniently fill out our simple form to request an immediate custom quote for business electricity rates.

Ratings and Reviews of Houston Electric Companies

Provider
Local BBB Rating
Year Founded
Reviews
Reliant Energy
A+
2000
Reliant Reviews
Gexa Energy
A+
2010
Gexa Reviews
TriEagle Energy
A+
2002
TriEagle Reviews
Cirro Energy
A-
2001
Cirro Reviews
Pulse Power
Not Rated
2018
Pulse Reviews
Green Mountain Energy
A+
1997
Green Mt. Reviews
Champion Energy
A+
2005
Champion Reviews
Just Energy
Not Rated
1997
Just Reviews
Amigo Energy
Not Rated
2003
Amigo Reviews
Discount Power
A+
2008
Discount Reviews
Chariot Energy
Not Rated
2018
Chariot Reviews
Direct Energy
Not Rated
1986
Direct Reviews
TXU Energy
A+
2002
TXU Reviews
Hello Energy
Not Rated
2016
Hello Reviews
Constellation Energy
A+
1999
Constellation Reviews
Ambit Energy
A+
2006
Ambit Reviews
Stream Energy
A+
2004
Stream Reviews
Lone Star Energy
Not Rated
2018
Lone Star Reviews

 

History: Houston gained its name in 1836, inspired by the Hero of San Jacinto, Sam Houston. Houston was a small town that was home to twelve residents along with a single log cabin. In the early 1900’s, the discovery of oil at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas, turned Houston into a bustling city. On July 4th, 1962, NASA opened what is now known as the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, bringing jobs and economic growth to the city. Currently, Houston is one of the largest cities in the U.S., with a population of over 2.3 million.

Website for the City of Houston, Texas

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Local Houston Businesses that Can Help You Reduce Your Energy Bill

Local A/C service providers that sell and install smart thermostats and energy-efficient A/C systems in Houston:

Local attic insulation companies in Houston with thermal insulation to help you cut energy costs:

Houston businesses where you can find LED light bulbs:

Houston stores that sell certified Energy Star Products:

Window installation companies in Houston that sell energy-efficient windows:

Electricians in Houston that repair special energy-efficient lights and appliances (such as Google Nest):

Business Organizations in Houston

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Dealers in Houston

To find electric vehicle charging stations in Houston, click here!

The automotive industry is quickly evolving, and electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more common. EVs come with quite a few benefits which include lower fuel costs and reduced CO2 emissions, and they typically require less maintenance than conventional vehicles. Some of the top manufacturers of electric vehicles include Tesla, BMW, Nissan, Chevrolet, and Ford. The best-selling EVs from these manufactures include: Tesla Model 3, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt, and the Ford Fusion.

If you would like to lower your fuel costs while also reducing your CO2 footprint, consider visiting one of your local Houston dealerships that sell the EVs listed above:

 

Mfg. & EV Model Find Houston Dealer Top Reviewed Dealership Phone Number Location
Tesla: Tesla Model 3 Locate Tesla (713) 622-3393 Houston Galleria
BMW: BWM i3 Locate Momentum BMW (855) 645-6452 10002 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074
Nissan: Nissan Leaf Locate Sterling McCall Nissan (281) 243-8600 12230 Southwest Fwy, Stafford, TX 77477
Chevrolet: Chevrolet Bolt Locate Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land (281) 969-4132 13115 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Ford: Ford Fusion Locate Joe Myers Ford (713) 766-3600 16634 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77040

How to Lower Your Electricity Bill and Carbon Emissions

Reduce your rate and go green: Find cheap energy companies that suit your needs on Home Energy Club, and choose from some of the best electricity rates and plans in Houston.  Check out discount providers such as TriEagle Energy and Gexa Energy, which are based in Houston. Also, why not consider a 100% renewable energy plan, which you can enroll in for rates that are lower than those of traditional fossil-fuel plans and cut your CO2 footprint?

Reduce your usage to cut your bill: You can also reduce your monthly energy bill by following any of these 10 easy steps to lower your electricity cost.

Who to Call if You Have a Power Outage in Houston

If you’re experiencing a Houston power outage, it’s important to know who to call. The power in your home is transmitted by your local Transmission and Delivery Service Provider (TDSP or TDU), not directly from your Retail Electricity Provider (REP). Houston’s local TDU is Centerpoint Energy, so click here to report an outage.

Electric Companies in Houston

Home Energy Club collects reviews and customer satisfaction data on over 40 electricity companies servicing Houston from a combination of independent review sites, the State of Texas Public Utility Commission Complaints Stats, the Better Business Bureau and other sources. HEC combines third party information with its Home Energy Club/Amazon customer rating survey results to determine a rating for the energy providers listed in the first table below. The ratings can be found on the HEC electric company reviews page and Texas energy providers’ pages. You’ll find reviews, phone numbers and energy rate links for all providers in both tables. You can search for “electric companies near me” by entering your zip code on this page.

Rates and Reviews for HEC-rated Electric Companies in Houston

Provider Phone Number Reviews Energy Rates
Amigo Energy 888-469-2644 Amigo Energy Houston Reviews Amigo Energy Houston Rates
Chariot Energy 844-978-6797 Chariot Energy Houston Reviews Chariot Energy Houston Rates
Cirro Energy 833-392-9778 Cirro Energy Houston Reviews Cirro Energy Houston Rates
Discount Power 833-556-6491 Discount Power Houston Reviews Discount Power Houston Rates
Entrust Energy 800-871-8100 Entrust Energy Houston Reviews Entrust Energy Houston Rates
Express Energy 844-361-2080 Express Energy Houston Reviews Express Energy Houston Rates
4Change Energy 855-784-2426 4Change Energy Houston Reviews 4Change Energy Houston Rates
Frontier Energy 281-914-4976 Frontier Energy Houston Reviews Frontier Energy Houston Rates
Gexa Energy 855-639-8212 Gexa Energy Houston Reviews Gexa Energy Houston Rates
Green Mountain Energy 833-339-0421 Green Mt. Energy Houston Reviews Green Mt. Energy Houston Rates
NRG Energy 713 537-3000 NRG Energy Houston Reviews NRG Energy Houston Rates
Just Energy 833-871-5317 Just Energy Houston Reviews Just Energy Houston Rates
Payless Energy 866-702-5033 Payless Energy Houston Reviews Payless Energy Houston Rates
Pulse Power 888-853-4219 Pulse Power Houston Reviews Pulse Power Houston Rates
Reliant Energy 833-339-0416 Reliant Energy Houston Reviews Reliant Energy Houston Rates
Tara Energy 713-830-1019 Tara Energy Houston Reviews Tara Energy Houston Rates
TriEagle Energy 888-380-4813 TriEagle Energy Houston Reviews TriEagle Energy Houston Rates
Stream Energy 866-447-8732 Stream Energy Houston Reviews Stream Energy Houston Rates
TXU Energy 855-545-5206 TXU Energy Houston Reviews TXU Energy Houston Rates
Xoom Energy 888-997-8979 Xoom Energy Houston Reviews Xoom Energy Houston Rates

 

Rates and Reviews for Non-HEC Rated Electric Companies in Houston

Provider Phone Number Reviews Energy Rates
Ambit Energy 877-282-6248 Ambit Energy Houston Reviews Ambit Energy Houston Rates
Acacia Energy 866-302-3233 Acacia Energy Houston Reviews Acacia Energy Houston Rates
Bounce Energy 888-305-3828 Bounce Energy Houston Reviews Bounce Energy Houston Rates
Brilliant Energy 713-789-8800 Brilliant Energy Houston Reviews Brilliant Energy Houston Rates
Constellation Energy 866-917-8271 Constellation Energy Houston Reviews Constellation Energy Houston Rates
Direct Energy 855-461-9824 Direct Energy Houston Reviews Direct Energy Houston Rates
First Choice Power 866-469-2464 First Choice Power Houston Reviews First Choice Power Houston Rates
Griddy Energy 800-993-6207 Griddy Energy Houston Reviews Griddy Energy Houston Rates
Infinite Energy 877-604-3489 Infinite Energy Houston Reviews Infinite Energy Houston Rates
Our Energy 888-545-4687 Our Energy Houston Reviews Our Energy Houston Rates
Pennywise Power 833-556-6491 Pennywise Power Houston Reviews Pennywise Power Houston Rates
Penstar Power 800-687-5700 Penstar Power Houston Reviews Penstar Power Houston Rates
Pogo Energy 888-764-6669 Pogo Energy Houston Reviews Pogo Energy Houston Rates
Southwest Power & Light 866-941-7975 Southwest Power & Light Houston Reviews Southwest Power & Light Houston Rates
Startex Energy 866-917-8271 Startex Energy Houston Reviews Startex Energy Houston Rates
Texans Energy 855-508-3926 Texans Energy Houston Reviews Texans Energy Houston Rates
Think Energy 888-923-3633 Think Energy Houston Reviews Think Energy Houston Rates
V247 Power 855-888-9888 V247 Power Houston Reviews V247 Power Houston Rates
Veteran Energy 800-578-7070 Veteran Energy Houston Reviews Veteran Energy Houston Rates
Volt Energy 281-369-5900 Volt Energy Houston Reviews Volt Energy Houston Rates
Yep Energy 866-937-5937 Yep Energy Houston Reviews Yep Energy Houston Rates
Windrose Energy 800-483-1836 Windrose Energy Houston Reviews Windrose Energy Houston Rates

Best Texas Electricity Rate Chart

Average Monthly Usage
PROVIDERS/PLANS 500
kWh
1000
kWh
2000
kWh
Contract
Term
Rate
Type
Cancel
Fee
Renewable
Content
CIRRO PLANS
Smart Value 12 Online 13.6¢ 10.2¢ 11.4¢ 12 Months Fixed $150 12%
Smart Lock Online 24 14.2¢ 12.8¢ 11.6¢ 24 Months Fixed $200 12%
GEXA PLANS
Gexa Saver Premium 24 13.6¢ 13.2¢ 8.0¢ 24 Months Fixed $295.00 100%
Gexa Saver Select 12 15.9¢ 9.5¢ 11.3¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
Gexa Saver Premium 12 14.3¢ 13.9¢ 8.7¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
Gexa Saver 12 17.8¢ 7.9¢ 12.4¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
Gexa Saver Supreme 12 16.3¢ 7.4¢ 11.4¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
Gexa Superb Saver 12 19.3¢ 15.4¢ 8.4¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
Gexa Saver Value 12 10.9¢ 12.5¢ 17.3¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
Gexa Saver Freedom 12 13.1¢ 12.7¢ 12.5¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
Gexa Saver Deluxe 12 17.4¢ 6.9¢ 11.7¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
JUST PLANS
Just Energy Web Plan - 24 12.5¢ 12.5¢ 12.5¢ 24 Months Fixed $175 %
PULSE POWER PLANS
Texas Fixed 36 11.5¢ 11¢ 10.7¢ 36 Months Fixed $20 20%
Texas Saver 36 17¢ 11.6¢ 36 Months Bill Credit $125 20%
Texas Saver 12 16.7¢ 6.7¢ 11.3¢ 12 Months Bill Credit $125 20%
Texas Saver 24 16.8¢ 6.8¢ 11.4¢ 24 Months Bill Credit $125 20%
Texas Fixed 24 11.8¢ 11.3¢ 11¢ 24 Months Fixed $20 20%
Texas Fixed 12 12¢ 11.5¢ 11.2¢ 12 Months Fixed $20 20%
Texas Green 36 12¢ 11.5¢ 11.2¢ 36 Months Fixed $20 100%
Texas Green 12 12.5¢ 12¢ 11.7¢ 12 Months Fixed $20 100%
Texas Green 24 12.3¢ 11.8¢ 11.5¢ 24 Months Fixed $20 100%
RELIANT PLANS
Basic Power 36 13.6¢ 11.2¢ 10.9¢ 36 Months Fixed $295 %
Truly Free Nights 12 14.7¢ 14.2¢ 14¢ 12 Months Indexed $150 12%
Truly Free Weekends 12 14.7¢ 14.2¢ 14¢ 12 Months Indexed $150 12%
Basic Power 12 13.6¢ 11.2¢ 10.9¢ 12 Months Fixed $150 12%
TRI-EAGLE PLANS
Eagle 12 12.2¢ 11.7¢ 11.4¢ 12 Months Fixed $20.00 6%
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Houston Electricity Frequently Asked Questions

Who has the cheapest electricity rates in Houston?

The energy providers offering the cheapest electricity rates and plans in Houston are featured on HomeEnergyClub.com, which vets each plan to help you avoid bill surprises. The top four with the cheapest rates in Houston are currently:

Compare dozens of electric companies on Home Energy Club, the one-stop shop for vetted energy plans (using TrustPlan™), special discount rates, reviews and ratings, complaint statistics and Houston information. Enter your zip code on the site and instantly view rates for your area. The comparison site uses its bargaining power with providers to offer special low rates, and there are never any membership fees.

What are best electric companies (light companies) in Houston?

At HomeEnergyClub.com, the current Top 12 Best Electric Companies in Houston are:

See reviews and ratings for 40+ residential electric companies in Texas, based on objective sources of information such as the Better Business Bureau, Public Utilities Commission, and major review sites such as Google and Yelp. Home Energy Club looks for the following qualities when determining rankings for the best electric companies in Houston:

  • Pricing, valued according to rates and the level of service provided
  • Transparency and trustworthiness
  • Customer service and complaint resolution
  • Quality of practices in billing

What is a good rate per kWh in Houston?

The best per kWh rates in Houston recently dropped as low as to 5 cents and 6 cents on HomeEnergyClub.com, but seasonal fluctuations are normal and rates will rise as commodity prices recover. At this time, it would be wise to consider enrolling in a 24-month, 36-month, or 60-month energy plan to lock in these unusually low rates, which came about due to a crash in commodity prices. As commodity prices recover, the costs of power generation will rise and residential rates will follow. In recent years, the average price of residential electricity in Texas was about 11 cents/kWh.

Who is the best alternative in Houston to Power to Choose? 

HomeEnergyClub.com is the best alternative to Power to Choose because, in addition to using its significant bargaining power with providers to offer special discount pricing, the comparison site moves each plan through a manual vetting process called TrustPlan™ to eliminate plans with tricky gimmicks that cause bill surprises. Power to Choose, a government website, does not vet plans or use a viable quality control process, and state government leaders have considered shutting the site down due to large numbers of consumer complaints over many years.

Where can I compare electricity companies in Houston?

HomeEnergyClub.com is a top-rated site (4.9 out of 5 stars on Google) where electric companies and plans in Houston are compared side-by-side with objective information. The free service vets each energy plan using its TrustPlan™ process to help you avoid bill surprises. Here’s how it works:

  • Enter your zip code for Houston electricity rate comparisons
  • You can take advantage of special low discount energy rates (often lower than those found on the providers’ own sites), due to the site’s bargaining power with electric companies
  • Through the TrustPlan™ vetting process, plans that have deceptive gimmicks are eliminated
  • The site advocates for the consumer, provides objective information and never sells preferred treatment to energy companies
  • Simple-to-use, well-written guides are provided to assist you in choosing the best energy plan for your home
  • You can count on never paying a club membership fee because providers pay the site a small fee for a listing, but it is built into the special discount rates you receive

Home Energy Club makes it convenient for you to choose the best energy plan for your home with thousands of verified ratings, reviews, and complaint statistics from such objective sources as the State of Texas, the BBB, and major independent review sites.

Who vets Houston electricity plans to eliminate gimmicks?

The staff at HomeEnergyClub.com manually vets each energy plan to prevent gimmicky electricity plans which cause bill surprises from being listed on the comparison site. The process is called TrustPlan™ and is based on the company’s extensive experience and analytics since 2011. Here are other features on the site that help you to choose the correct plan:

  • You’ll find a filter on the home page that allows you to exclude the energy plans that have less predictable billing
  • Use the site’s “Compare Plans” feature in the filter section to compare plans side by side, including rates, cancellation fees and other key information
  • 60-day and 90-day guarantees on plans from electric companies such as Gexa Energy and Pulse Power, which allow you to switch to another of their plans in case you choose one that’s not a fit for your home.
  • Plan benefits and warnings are noted in the “Plan Details” section associated with each plan
  • Handy guides which show you how to choose the best plan for your home

Energy bill surprises can also occur for many reasons other than plan gimmicks, such as electricity usage spikes in summer months, but Home Energy Club strives to reduce the chances that Houstonians will experience an energy bill shock.

Where to find objective electric company reviews and ratings in Houston?

It is recommended that you do not rely on the reviews developed by websites that sell electricity due to potential bias. Home Energy Club uses the following independent, objective sources for ratings, reviews, and complaint statistics:

  • The Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • The Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Google Reviews
  • Yelp Reviews
  • Home Energy Club/Amazon surveys of Amazon’s customer base

View reviews and ratings of Houston electric companies from objective sources at HomeEnergyClub.com.

Why is my Houston energy bill so high?

HomeEnergyClub.com helps you avoid electricity bill shocks in Houston by vetting each energy plan to help you avoid tricky gimmick plans. But there are other reasons you may receive surprisingly high electric bills, such as:

  • Expiration of a fixed-price plan. You’ve been on a fixed price energy plan but didn’t realize it had expired. A common process among energy providers is to bill customers at their highest rate when they fail to renew their current plan or don’t switch to a new plan with the provider before the date of their plan’s expiration.
  • The energy supplier has increased their rates. If you are on a variable rate plan, your electricity rates can be raised by the energy company at any time. Beware of plans offering “wholesale prices” because this terminology often accompanies variable rate plans, which are associated with staggering bill surprises.
  • Your energy use does not match the energy plan you chose. A common reason for awful bill surprises is when consumers using about 500 kWh in an apartment sign up for a plan intended for a large home that uses 2,000 kWh or more. Make certain that the energy plan you choose is a correct match for your home’s energy usage by reviewing the Electricity Facts Label (read our guide).
  • Other factors that can increase your energy costs include triple-digit temperatures in summer and a lack of energy efficiency of the home.

Where to find electric vehicle charging stations in Houston?

On the Houston page at HomeEnergyClub.com, you will find location information for electric vehicle charging stations in Houston. Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more common as the automotive industry continues to evolve. To reduce your CO2 emissions, you may want to consider an EV for your next car. You may be surprised at the size of your current carbon footprint.

Is Reliant Truly Free Nights and Weekends (or days) worth it?

Your home’s pattern of electricity usage determines whether or not the Reliant plan with free nighttime use of electricity is worth it for you. For instance, the cost is quite high for energy used during the hours that are not free. High-consumption activities should be saved for the free hours. If most of your electricity is used during hours when it is free, the free nights and weekends plan (or whichever time of use plan you’ve chosen) may very well be a good choice for you. Go to HomeEnergyClub.com to learn about energy plans with free hours of use.

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