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How to Switch Texas Electricity Providers

Ensure a seamless transition by following a few key tips.

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In traditional, regulated energy markets, you’re stuck with your utility company, rates, and service. But, thanks to deregulation in Texas, you have the power to choose your electricity provider. That means you can switch electric companies anytime. Whether your contract is up or you’re unhappy with your current service, you can explore new plans, rates, and providers on the Choose Energy marketplace.

That said, there are some important things to know about switching electricity providers in Texas. Before you start shopping, it’s helpful to learn about fees, timelines, and tricks to make your switch as seamless as possible. Read on to learn more, and enter your ZIP code on our marketplace when you’re ready to make the switch.

Facts about switching energy providers

Before you switch electric companies, understanding the process is helpful. There are several highlights you should know before you begin shopping.

  • When switching from a fixed-rate plan, you may have to pay an early termination fee (ETF) if your current contract hasn’t expired yet.
  • You don’t have to wait until your contract ends to begin the process of switching electricity providers. You can still secure a rate up to 90 days ahead of time with many electric companies.
  • If you have a fixed-rate plan, you may be able to switch providers up to 14 days before your contract ends with no ETF.
  • You don’t need to cancel service with your current electric supplier before switching to a new one. Your new provider will manage a seamless switch with your utility company. Disconnecting service with your current provider can actually cause a lapse of service.
  • Most renewal rates are higher than new customer introductory rates. That’s why many people switch energy providers after their contract ends. If your current company offers a lower renewal rate than what you find online, read your plan’s Electricity Facts Label (EFL). It will help you determine if the plan is valid and whether it has any hidden fees.
  • If you change your mind after signing up for a new plan, you can cancel your switch without paying an ETF within three days of receiving your Terms of Service agreement in the mail or online.

About Choose Energy

Who is Choose Energy?

We are a free, independent marketplace committed to educating visitors about energy deregulation and helping them find an energy plan that fits their needs. Our online marketplace makes it simple to find accurate rates, compare plans, and switch electric companies in several minutes. We work with trusted providers like TXU Energy, Frontier Utilities, and Reliant Energy.

Where does Choose Energy operate?

Choose Energy serves customers in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Enter your ZIP code in the search box on your screen to find available options in your area.

Why should I choose Choose Energy?

We take the mystery and hassle out of shopping around and switching electricity providers in Texas and other states. All you need to do is enter your ZIP code to start comparing plans. You can filter your search results to fit exactly what you’re looking for

By choosing a plan from our selection of vetted and trusted suppliers, you can find reliable and uninterrupted energy service. Even after you’ve switched energy providers, Choose Energy keeps working for you. We’ll keep track of when your contract expires and let you know when it’s time to start shopping for a new plan again.