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.
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.
Check your current bill for the last few months to find out your average monthly usage and base your rate search on that usage level. For most Dallas residents, 1,500 kWh is about the average usage. The rates displayed by each provider are calculated based on a combination of energy rate and utility delivery charges. When you shop with ElectricityPlans.com, you can view the Plan Details and Pricing link next to each plan to determine how much you would pay for your electricity based on your actual usage for any given plan.
Living in the Dallas metroplex area and being served by Oncor as your local electric utility means that you have the power to choose from among dozens of competing electricity providers. All of them offer multiple rates, contract lengths and discount offers. In addition, each provider has its own website designed to lead you through the maze of complicated offers, which are often filled with confusing EFL details, overlooked fine print, and introductory rates. As a result, many customers are still confused by legal terms and narrow usage level bill credits frequently used on electricity plans for marketing purposes. As a result, they often end up getting surprised by unexpected fees and missing out on potential savings on their electric bills.
Fixed-rate, long-term (contract) plans provide stability in electricity rates. If market energy costs suddenly trend upward where you live, you can rest assured that you won’t have to pay more out of pocket. However, if you want to switch to a different, lower-cost plan before the end of the contract term, you’ll likely have to pay a cancellation or early termination fee.