9. Check out your favorite. After you find a company with a rate and contract length you like, learn more about it. One way is to do an Internet search of the company. Place the company’s name in various searches beside these search terms: scam, rip-off and complaints. If the company has a troubled history, find out before you sign up. If only a few results come up from disgruntled customers, don’t worry. But if there are several dozen, continue with a quick search of the company’s Better Business Bureau record. And then, most important, return to powertochoose.org and below the name of the company, you’ll see “Complaint Scorecard” and “Complaint History.” Click on those links and learn more about the company.
8. Study the results. For the selection cited above, several dozen companies recently offered rates in that range. Remember that the lowest rates could come from a company with a poor reputation, but more on that later. Contract lengths varied from one to 36 months. Each service plan comes with links to “Terms of Service,” “Facts Sheet,” “Signup” and “Special Terms.” When you click on these, you learn the nitty-gritty details. Many companies have minimums about the amount of power you must use, or you pay more. Carefully look for language about other fees.
In Dallas, 0% of people have switched to a plan that has some renewable energy component to it. Another 0% have switched to a plan that is partially renewable, while 0% have switched to a plan that powers homes completely by renewable electricity. This of course means that 100% of people have remained on a plan powered by traditional sources of electricity such as coal or nuclear power.
Residential and business consumers in deregulated energy markets have the power to choose their energy supplier. SaveOnEnergy.com® gives consumers the opportunity to compare suppliers and find energy plans that satisfy their needs and budget. Whether in a deregulated city in Texas, New York, Ohio or another state, you can shop for electricity or natural gas and find the best plan for you!
Lantern’s founder, Elisa Kaplan, started her energy career in 1994 as a programmer for an energy software firm. She was responsible for creating a library of utility rates that allowed users to recalculate their bills and compare the results to what they were actually charged. This library offered electricity, natural gas and water/sewer rates from the smallest municipalities to the largest investor owned electric companies throughout the United States. The creation of this library resulted in an extraordinary understanding of how companies charge their customers. This evolved into a utility bill auditing service that successfully recovered millions of dollars in overcharges. The deregulation of the Texas electricity market in 2002 enabled additional savings recommendations to her many clients.
Legislation deregulating the energy market for most of the Lone Star State, including Dallas, took effect in January 2002. This means that, while a single utility provider will continue to deliver the electricity, consumers now can compare prices offered by several suppliers. Customers also can choose from different variable-rate and fixed-rate plans. Energy deregulation in Dallas has stimulated competition between providers. This has led to lower rates relative to the national average. Check rates out here.
†Offer is available to Texas residential customers who enroll using the Promotion Code “NIGHTSFREE”. Plan bills a monthly Base Charge, an Energy Charge, and passes through Utility Transmission and Distribution delivery charges. Energy Charges for usage consumed between 9pm and 7am each day is credited back on your bill. The utility charges, including delivery charges for night time hours, are passed through at cost and aggregated on your bill. See Electricity Facts Label for details.
Most Dallas providers offer fixed-rate and variable-rate supply plans. A fixed-rate plan provides price protection for the contract’s duration. A variable-rate plan might change from month to month depending on energy market changes. Both types of plans have pros and cons, so click here for an in-depth explanation of each. Many providers also offer green energy supply plans, a variety of term lengths, rewards programs, automatic bill pay and other customer perks.