When designing your security system, start with one of our three standard packages and add on equipment as you see fit. Basic packages start with door and window sensors, motion detectors and our touch-screen controller. The controller's signal cannot be cut, even if the panel is damaged, and its always-on cellular connection keeps the software up-to-date without you having to do a thing. From there, you can add on more security gear, including a doorbell camera you can monitor from your phone, a smart thermostat, smart lights you can program to turn on and off, a carbon monoxide detector or any number of features and locks to make your home as secure as you want it to be. 
Final switch tips. When you make your final selection, don’t call your current electricity provider to cancel. Sign up with the new company only. Try to sign up at least five to seven days before your plan expires so the overlap between the two billing cycles is negligible. Some people switch too late and pay higher prices during the transition. If you have a smart meter, the state rule is you must be switched within 48 hours. But five to seven days is safer.

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.
Electricity rates in Texas are not fixed. Your rate can vary greatly depending on your usage and your electric plan. Some plans have relatively flat rates, while others can be all over the place. This means that you could end up paying 7¢ for 999 kWhs and 8.5¢ for 1001 kWhs. That would be a 16% increase because you microwaved a few potatoes. Learn more on the different plan types here.
Electricity rates in Texas are not fixed. Your rate can vary greatly depending on your usage and your electric plan. Some plans have relatively flat rates, while others can be all over the place. This means that you could end up paying 7¢ for 999 kWhs and 8.5¢ for 1001 kWhs. That would be a 16% increase because you microwaved a few potatoes. Learn more on the different plan types here.
*Offer valid for new residential customers in Texas only. Provisioned smart meter required. Free power begins on Fridays at 6:00 PM and ends Sunday at 11:59 PM. To utilize all features of the Echo Dot, you will need an 'always on' Wi-Fi internet service. If you cancel your plan early there's a fee of $135. You cannot return your Echo Dot to avoid the early cancellation fee. Terms and Conditions apply. All Amazon trademarks and copyrights are property of Amazon.com or its affiliates. The Echo Dot is provided by Direct Energy, Amazon is not a sponsor of this energy plan offer.
In Texas, a transmission and distribution service provider (TDSP) is different from a retail electric provider (REP). While you can compare electricity rates through REPs, your TDSP is determined by where you live so you don't get to choose or change it. Oncor handles almost 120,000 miles of power lines and delivers electricity to homes and businesses. Also, the company assists about 10 million energy users in Texas.
If paying the deposit is an issue, you might want to consider a prepaid electric plan.  Smart meter technology allows you to receive electronic notification on your account balance.  This is a huge improvement over the old prepaid electric plans that required monthly true-ups.  Because these electricity plans require zero deposit, they are a great way to get competitive rates while keeping some cash in your pocket.
Homeowners: There is so much more to comparing offers than looking at the average cost per kilowatt hour when exactly 500, 1,000 or 2,000 is used. The Public Utility Commission of Texas requires electric companies to provide these averages in their Electricity Facts Labels, but there are ways to manipulate the results to cause an offer to rank better on powertochoose than when the actual rate is applied to your actual usage. Lantern takes the time to request your usage history, then runs the numbers to find the rate that’s best for YOU and YOUR electricity use!
Unlike with long-term plans, monthly, variable rate (no-contract) plans have no cancellation fees. You won’t have to pay a penalty if you decide to take your business elsewhere because you found a better deal. Plus, you won’t be left paying more than you should if the market rate for energy trends down. However, if the market prices rise, you’ll have to pay more than those who are in-contract.
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