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

6 New Power Plans & Rates (Shell Energy)

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
New Power Texas - Power of Credit 3636 Months15.2 ¢/kWh
New Power Texas - Power of Credit 2424 Months15.6 ¢/kWh
New Power Texas - Power of Credit 1212 Months17.5 ¢/kWh
New Power Texas - Power of One 2424 Months24.8 ¢/kWh
New Power Texas - Power of One 3636 Months25 ¢/kWh
New Power Texas - Power of One 1212 Months27.5 ¢/kWh
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Enter your zip to enroll online or call New Power directly to help you choose a plan at 866-505-0115.

Call New Power (866-505-0115)

10 Gexa Energy Plans & Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Gexa Saver Deluxe 2424 Months14.0 ¢/kWh
Gexa Saver 1212 Months15.6 ¢/kWh
Gexa Saver Deluxe 1212 Months15.6 ¢/kWh
Gexa Energy Saver 3636 Months17.9 ¢/kWh
Gexa Saver Freedom 3636 Months18.9 ¢/kWh
Gexa Energy Saver 2424 Months18.9 ¢/kWh
Gexa Saver Value 1212 Months20.0 ¢/kWh
Gexa Saver Premium 1212 Months22.7 ¢/kWh
Gexa Superb Saver 2424 Months22.8 ¢/kWh
Gexa Superb Saver 1212 Months23.8 ¢/kWh
  • 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)

5 Cirro Energy Plans & Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Cirro - Smart Lock Saver 3636 Months20.2 ¢/kWh
Cirro - Smart Lock 24 Online24 Months22.2 ¢/kWh
Cirro - Smart Value 12 Online12 Months22.7 ¢/kWh
Cirro - Smart Secure 1212 Months23.9 ¢/kWh
Cirro - Smart Saver 1515 Months24.2 ¢/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)

12 Pulse Power Plans & Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Pulse Power - Free Energy Nights 3636 Months16.5 ¢/kWh
Pulse Power - Free Energy Weekends 3636 Months16.5 ¢/kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Fixed 3636 Months17.3 ¢/kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Green 3636 Months17.8 ¢/kWh
Pulse Power - Free Energy Nights 2424 Months18.2 ¢/kWh
Pulse Power - Free Energy Weekends 2424 Months18.3 ¢/kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Fixed 2424 Months19 ¢/kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Green 2424 Months19.5 ¢/kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Fixed 1212 Months21.4 ¢/kWh
Pulse Power - Free Energy Nights 1212 Months21.8 ¢/kWh
Pulse Power - Free Energy Weekends 1212 Months21.8 ¢/kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Green 1212 Months21.9 ¢/kWh
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Speak with a Pulse Power operator directly in English or Spanish at 888-853-4219.

Call Pulse (888-853-4219)

5 Reliant Energy Plans & Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Reliant - Basic Power 3636 Months23.2 ¢/kWh
Reliant - Basic Power 2424 Months24.2 ¢/kWh
Reliant - Conservation 2424 Months24.9 ¢/kWh
Reliant - Conservation 1212 Months25.9 ¢/kWh
Reliant - Basic Power 1212 Months26.2 ¢/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)

12 TriEagle Energy Plans & Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
TriEagle - Sure Value 3636 Months18.5 ¢/kWh
TriEagle - Sure Value 2424 Months19.4 ¢/kWh
TriEagle - Eagle 3636 Months20.2 ¢/kWh
TriEagle - Savvy Value 3636 Months20.2 ¢/kWh
TriEagle - Green Eagle 3636 Months20.8 ¢/kWh
TriEagle - Sure Value 1212 Months21.1 ¢/kWh
TriEagle - Eagle 2424 Months21.2 ¢/kWh
TriEagle - Savvy Value 2424 Months21.2 ¢/kWh
TriEagle - Green Eagle 2424 Months21.7 ¢/kWh
TriEagle - Eagle 1212 Months22.8 ¢/kWh
TriEagle - Savvy Value 1212 Months22.9 ¢/kWh
TriEagle - Green Eagle 1212 Months23.3 ¢/kWh
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Enter your zip to enroll online or call TriEagle Energy directly to help you choose a plan at 888-996-4602.

Call TriEagle (888-996-4602)

2 Green Mountain Energy Plan & Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 24 Preferred24 Months25.2 ¢/kWh
Green Mountain - Go Local Solar 12 Preferred12 Months26.2 ¢/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 Mtn (833-339-0421)

3 Discount Energy Plans & Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Discount Power - Value Plus 3636 Months20.2 ¢/kWh
Discount Power - Value Plus 2424 Months21.2 ¢/kWh
Discount Power - Value Plus 1212 Months24.2 ¢/kWh
  • These rates are for Oncor service areas.
  • Pricing shown is based on an exact usage of 1000 kWh.

Enter your zip to enroll online or call Discount Power directly to help you choose a plan at 833-556-6491.

Call Discount Power (833-556-6491)

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

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 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.

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

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
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
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
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
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
Think Energy
888-923-3633
Think Energy Houston Reviews
Think Energy 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
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
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2000
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Contract
Term
Rate
Type
Cancel
Fee
Renewable
Content
CIRRO PLANS
Smart Lock Saver 36 20.6¢ 20.2¢ 19.9¢ 36 Months Fixed $395 15%
Smart Lock 24 Online 23.6¢ 22.2¢ 20.9¢ 24 Months Fixed $295 15%
Smart Value 12 Online 26.1¢ 22.7¢ 23.9¢ 12 Months Fixed $150 12%
Smart Secure 12 23.9¢ 23.9¢ 23.9¢ 12 Months Fixed $150 15%
GEXA PLANS
Gexa Energy Saver 36 18.4¢ 17.9¢ 17.7¢ 36 Months Fixed $295.00 100%
Gexa Saver Deluxe 12 26.1¢ 15.6¢ 20.4¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
Gexa Energy Saver 24 19.4¢ 18.9¢ 18.7¢ 24 Months Fixed $295.00 100%
Gexa Saver Freedom 36 19.4¢ 18.9¢ 18.7¢ 36 Months Fixed $295.00 100%
Gexa Superb Saver 24 26.7¢ 22.8¢ 15.8¢ 24 Months Fixed $295.00 100%
Gexa Saver Deluxe 24 24.5¢ 14.0¢ 18.8¢ 24 Months Fixed $295.00 100%
Gexa Saver 12 25.6¢ 15.6¢ 20.2¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
Gexa Saver Premium 12 23.1¢ 22.7¢ 17.5¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
Gexa Superb Saver 12 27.7¢ 23.8¢ 16.8¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
Gexa Saver Value 12 18.4¢ 20.0¢ 24.8¢ 12 Months Fixed $150.00 100%
JUST PLANS
Just Energy Web Plan - 24 18.9¢ 18.9¢ 18.9¢ 24 Months Fixed $175 12%
Just Energy Web Plan - 12 21.5¢ 21.5¢ 21.5¢ 12 Months Fixed $175 12%
Base Saver III - 12 24.3¢ 16.3¢ 19.9¢ 12 Months Fixed $175 12%
PULSE POWER PLANS
Texas Fixed 36 17.8¢ 17.3¢ 17¢ 36 Months Fixed $20 20%
Free Energy Nights 24 18.7¢ 18.2¢ 18¢ 24 Months TimeOfUse $125 20%
Free Energy Weekends 12 22.3¢ 21.8¢ 21.6¢ 12 Months TimeOfUse $125 20%
Free Energy Weekends 24 18.7¢ 18.3¢ 18.1¢ 24 Months TimeOfUse $125 20%
Free Energy Nights 36 16.9¢ 16.5¢ 16.3¢ 36 Months TimeOfUse $125 20%
Free Energy Weekends 36 17¢ 16.5¢ 16.3¢ 36 Months TimeOfUse $125 20%
Texas Fixed 24 19.5¢ 19¢ 18.7¢ 24 Months Fixed $20 20%
Texas Fixed 12 21.9¢ 21.4¢ 21.1¢ 12 Months Fixed $20 20%
Free Energy Nights 12 22.2¢ 21.8¢ 21.5¢ 12 Months TimeOfUse $125 20%
Texas Green 24 20¢ 19.5¢ 19.2¢ 24 Months Fixed $20 100%
Texas Green 36 18.3¢ 17.8¢ 17.5¢ 36 Months Fixed $20 100%
Texas Green 12 22.4¢ 21.9¢ 21.6¢ 12 Months Fixed $20 100%
RELIANT PLANS
Conservation 24 25.9¢ 24.9¢ 25.4¢ 24 Months Fixed $295 15%
Basic Power 24 26.6¢ 24.2¢ 23.9¢ 24 Months Fixed $295 12%
Basic Power 36 25.6¢ 23.2¢ 22.9¢ 36 Months Fixed $395 15%
Conservation 12 26.9¢ 25.9¢ 26.4¢ 12 Months Fixed $150 12%
Basic Power 12 28.6¢ 26.2¢ 25.9¢ 12 Months Fixed $150 12%
TRI-EAGLE PLANS
Eagle 24 21.7¢ 21.2¢ 20.9¢ 24 Months Fixed $20.00 6%
Eagle 36 20.7¢ 20.2¢ 19.9¢ 36 Months Fixed $20.00 6%
Savvy Value 24 21.7¢ 21.2¢ 19.4¢ 24 Months Fixed $20.00 6%
Sure Value 24 22.9¢ 19.4¢ 20.6¢ 24 Months Fixed $20.00 6%
Savvy Value 36 20.7¢ 20.2¢ 18.4¢ 36 Months Fixed $20.00 6%
Sure Value 36 22¢ 18.5¢ 19.7¢ 36 Months Fixed $20.00 6%
Sure Value 12 24.6¢ 21.1¢ 22.3¢ 12 Months Fixed $20.00 6%
Eagle 12 23.3¢ 22.8¢ 22.5¢ 12 Months Fixed $20.00 6%
Savvy Value 12 23.4¢ 22.9¢ 21.1¢ 12 Months Fixed $20.00 6%
Green Eagle 36 21.3¢ 20.8¢ 20.5¢ 36 Months Fixed $20.00 100%
Green Eagle 12 23.8¢ 23.3¢ 23¢ 12 Months Fixed $20.00 100%
Green Eagle 24 22.2¢ 21.7¢ 21.4¢ 24 Months Fixed $20.00 100%
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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.