To enroll with an electric company, your credit history will be reviewed. Be sure to have your driver’s license number or social security number handy when completing your enrollment on the electricity provider’s secure site.  Electricity companies have different credit requirements and change them periodically.  At most, the electricity provider may request a deposit equal to two months of estimated billing.
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.
First Choice Power has been certified as a retail electricity provider in Texas since 2001. Offering many types of plans, First Choice Power also makes a point of supporting the communities it is a part of. Across Texas, First Choice Power invests in hunger relief programs and offers grants to local organizations making a difference in their communities.
Security by Reliant isn’t your everyday alarm system.2 This all-in-one security system provides 24/7 live security monitoring services, complete with tamper-proof devices such as image sensors, cameras, wireless door locks, smart plugs and more. You can customize the equipment included with your system and enjoy remote access to your security system3 via the Reliant Connect app.
Check to see if there are any special offers available. Some electricity companies offer you a special discount if you sign up for a long-term contract or continually pay your bill on time. Some companies also offer freebies (e.g. high-tech thermostats, restaurant gift cards, sports team apparel) for customers who enroll in particular plans. You should never choose a plan based on these things, because such gimmicks are rarely worth it – they don’t save you money. This is also true of plans that offer free nights or weekends, because you won’t receive the best electric rates throughout the rest of the week.
There are over 50 retail electric providers competing for your home and business in the Texas electricity market. Whether you are located in Houston or Dallas, Cypress, Spring or Tomball, or ANY of the deregulated areas throughout Texas, Lantern evaluates hundreds of offers to find the lowest cost available for your home and business. Our report is free and if you accept our recommendation, the power company of your choice will pay us a finder’s fee!

Once you’ve signed up with your new energy supplier, you'll still communicate with your Dallas utility, or transmission/distribution service provider, on occasion. Oncor serves the Dallas area and responds to emergencies regarding damaged wires and power outages. Visit the Oncor website for outage updates, severe weather warnings and power interruptions in Dallas.
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