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How to Choose an Electric Company in Texas

By Jamie Richardson | July 7, 2020

As a first-time homeowner, it's important to choose the right utility providers, starting with electricity. Texas is home to countless electric companies that make the same offers: affordable rates and flexible energy plans.

It's a good thing that consumers get to have more options when it comes to choosing the right company to supply their energy needs. But one thing's for sure, they still need to make wise decisions when they shop around for energy plans that are right for them.

If you have just moved to Texas recently, you will want to choose an electricity company that you can work with in the long run. Here are some tips you can use in your search for the right energy provider:

1. Ask for recommendations

The most obvious way you can get started on your search for the right electric company is to ask the locals. Since you are new in town, you should ask for suggestions on how you can make the most out of your stay in the state. You can begin by asking your real estate agent for energy companies servicing your area. You can also reach out to neighbors who can give you ideas about energy providers that offer bill credits and help consumers lower their bills. It's important to get as much local information as possible so you can come up with a list of possible candidates. 

2. Make comparisons

After shortlisting possible energy providers in your area, you may have to get information about the energy plans they offer to residential owners. One way to do this is to call up these companies and request details about their rates. The key here is to compare similar electricity plans and choose which one gives the most value for your needs. Cheaper isn't always better, so be very meticulous when comparing offers from different companies.

3. Consider clean energy

If your criteria for choosing an electric provider includes provisions for clean energy, it's surprisingly easy to find an electricity provider in Texas that provides solar power to households. If you can find such a company servicing your county or area, you might want to ask other electric companies if they offer clean energy options for your home. 

4. Vouch for transparency

Aside from providing clean energy, it’s also important to make sure an electric company has a good track record in terms of customer service, environmental protection, fair business practices, and other things that could be swept under the rug. Some companies try to get away with violating state and federal laws, so it’s obvious you wouldn’t want to get your electricity from them. Don’t just focus on the information that’s on the company website or brochure. You can look up the company online to see if it has been the subject of controversies and disputes.

The Lone Star State is definitely the perfect place for anyone who wants to scale down. So it’s  best if you can find an energy provider that not only provides the best rates, but also caters to your needs as you make Texas your new home!

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Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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