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How to Switch Texas Electricity Providers

Written by Allie Ogletree


Edited by Jamie Cesanek


Last Updated: April 4, 2024

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Traditional energy markets require you to receive electricity from your local utility company, limiting you to their rates and customer services. But, thanks to deregulation in Texas, most residents can choose their electricity providers. That means you can switch electric companies if the one you have isn’t working for you.

Whether your contract is up and you want to lock in on the latest and cheapest electric rates or you’re moving and need to choose a new plan, you can compare energy providers and plans all in one place on the Choose Energy marketplace.

That said, there are some important things to know about how to switch electric companies in Texas. So, before you lock in on a new plan, check out these tips to get you off on the right start as you look for a new provider. 

When you’re ready to switch electric companies, enter your ZIP code on our marketplace.

Facts about switching energy providers

Before you switch light companies, understanding the process can help you find your bearings. Here are some quick facts about switching electricity providers in Texas to keep in mind before you begin shopping.

  • Be mindful of early termination fees. 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. ETFs can range anywhere from $100 to $400 on average. Some providers charge you a monthly fee for the remaining months of your contract rather than a lump sum, so check your existing plan’s Electricity Facts Label (EFL) for details. 
  • Know when you can switch. You don’t have to wait until your contract ends to begin the process of switching electricity providers. Many electric companies allow you to secure a rate up to 90 days ahead of time. 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.
  • Don’t cancel your existing service. 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.
  • Anticipate higher renewal rates. 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.
  • Get familiar with your cancelation policy. If you change your mind after signing up for a new plan, you can typically cancel your switch without paying an ETF within three days of receiving your Terms of Service agreement in the mail or online.

How to switch energy providers in Texas

Now that you know what switching electricity providers in Texas could look like for your current plan, it’s time to choose a new provider. Here’s how switching electricity providers in Texas works on the Choose Energy Marketplace.

  • Search our marketplace. Use your ZIP code to find local providers in real time. You can filter your results by electric rates, energy provider, plan type, green energy, and more. 
  • Pick a plan. Once you’ve found the right provider and are ready to change your electric company in Texas, click “Check Availability” and follow the steps on the screen, or call the number on your screen to speak with one of our trained representatives.
  • Sit back and relax. You’re good to go. Your new provider will handle the switch without interrupting your electricity.

About Choose Energy

What 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 Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Enter your ZIP code to find available options in your state.

Why should I choose Choose Energy?

Our free marketplace takes the 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.

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