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

{total} Gexa Energy Plans & Rates

Plan NamePlan LengthRate
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Speak with Gexa for cheap rates with a 60-Day “Happiness Guarantee” at 855-639-8212 (mention code “GexaTX” for discount).

Call Gexa (855-639-8212)

{total} Frontier Energy Plans & Rates

Plan NamePlan LengthRate
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Speak with a Frontier Utilities operator directly for easy enrollment by phone at 855-782-8379.

Call Frontier (855-782-8379)

{total} Reliant Energy Plans & Rates

Plan NamePlan LengthRate
  • 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)

{total} Payless Power No Deposit

Plan NamePlan LengthRate
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Speak with Payless Power about their competitive “No Deposit” prepaid electricity plans at 833-926-9776.

Call Payless (833-926-9776)

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.

Reviews of Houston Electric Companies

Year Founded
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


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

Google Map to Houston City Hall

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. Below is the current Houston weather and forecast.

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. There are important benefits to owning an electric vehicle, 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 below. Read about electric vehicle dealers in Houston, and find information on others at the links below.


Mfg. & EV ModelFind Houston DealerTop Reviewed DealershipPhone NumberLocation
Tesla: Tesla Model 3LocateTesla(713) 622-3393Houston Galleria
BMW: BWM i3LocateMomentum BMW(855) 645-645210002 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074
Nissan: Nissan LeafLocateSterling McCall Nissan(281) 243-860012230 Southwest Fwy, Stafford, TX 77477
Chevrolet: Chevrolet BoltLocateClassic Chevrolet Sugar Land(281) 969-413213115 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Ford: Ford FusionLocateJoe Myers Ford(713) 766-360016634 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.

Standby Generator Guide: Safely Power your Home during Outages

Read the sections of our Standby Generator Guide below to learn why natural gas and propane generators can provide reliable electricity to your home during power outages in the Houston metropolitan area.  They are a safe alternative to portable gasoline generators and can power your entire home while Centerpoint corrects your electricity outage.

Standby generators automatically activate when outages begin, thus keeping your heating and cooling units, refrigerator, and appliances and devices running. The generators also help prevent costly buildups of mold and mildew, as well as plumbing problems that can occur, helping to justify the investment.

It’s critical to select a certified dealer who can size your standby generator, and has factory-trained technicians to install the unit and provide service after the sale. Our guide includes information on our top recommended Houston-area dealer-installer, and the six questions you’ll need to answer to receive a price quote.

Here are our six Standby Generator Guide sections:

Benefits of Standby Generators

How to Select the Best Generator and Dealer in Houston

The Differences between Standby Generators and Portable Gasoline Generators

Sizing a Home Standby Generator

Installation of Standby Generators

How a Natural Gas Standby Generator Works

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

Phone Number 
Energy Rates
Amigo Energy
Amigo Energy Houston Reviews
Amigo Energy Houston Rates
Champion Energy
Champion Energy Houston Reviews
Champion Energy Houston Rates
Chariot Energy 
Chariot Energy Houston Reviews
Chariot Energy Houston Rates
Cirro Energy
Cirro Energy Houston Reviews
Cirro Energy Houston Rates
Constellation Energy
Constellation Energy Houston Reviews
Constellation Energy Houston Rates
Direct Energy
Direct Energy Houston Reviews
Direct Energy Houston Rates
Discount Power
Discount Power Houston Reviews
Discount Power Houston Rates
Energy Texas
Energy Texas Houston Reviews
Energy Texas Houston Rates
Express Energy
Express Energy Houston Reviews
Express Energy Houston Rates
4Change Energy
4Change Energy Houston Reviews
4Change Energy Houston Rates
Flagship Energy
Flagship Energy Houston Reviews
Flagship Energy Houston Rates
Frontier Utilities
Frontier Utilities Houston Reviews
Frontier Utilities Houston Rates
Gexa Energy
Gexa Energy Houston Reviews
Gexa Energy Houston Rates
Green Mountain Energy
Green Mt. Energy Houston Reviews
Green Mt. Energy Houston Rates
New Power
New Power Houston Reviews
New Power Houston Rates
NRG Energy
713 537-3000
NRG Energy Houston Reviews
NRG Energy Houston Rates
Just Energy
Just Energy Houston Reviews
Just Energy Houston Rates
Payless Power
Payless Power Houston Reviews
Payless Power Houston Rates
Pulse Power
Pulse Power Houston Reviews
Pulse Power Houston Rates
Reliant Energy
Reliant Energy Houston Reviews
Reliant Energy Houston Rates
Rhythm Energy
Rhythm Energy Houston Reviews
Rhythm Energy Houston Rates
Tara Energy
Tara Energy Houston Reviews
Tara Energy Houston Rates
TriEagle Energy
TriEagle Energy Houston Reviews
TriEagle Energy Houston Rates
TXU Energy
TXU Energy Houston Reviews
TXU Energy Houston Rates
Veteran Energy
Veteran Energy Houston Reviews
Veteran Energy Houston Rates

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 guarantee on plans from electric companies such as Gexa Energy, which allows 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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You will find a widget on Home Energy Club which fetches your home’s energy usage data from Smart Meter Texas (SMT) and runs calculations of the rate structures of energy plans to help you conveniently estimate the cost of energy plans you are considering, based on your prior 12 months of energy usage as reported by SMT.

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