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.
7. Pick your poison. Deeper in the website you see a search box along the left side. Under “Plan Type,” a recommended pick is fixed, but you can also choose a variable or an indexed market rate. (The Watchdog likes fixed since market conditions can grow volatile.) Under “Price,” type in a range from 4 cents to 12 cents. That’s a good spread. Pick a contract length. Fill out the other boxes. Then hit “Refresh Results” on the bottom. Keep trying different combinations to see what the prices are that day. They change often.
Dallas area residents now have the option for choosing their electric provider. However, with all of the different plans that are available, it can be difficult to make the right decision for your particular electricity needs. You may find yourself overwhelmed by the number of options presented to you by all the electric company advertisements or concerned about shady marketing gimmicks.