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With a population of more than 2.3 million people, Houston is a fast-paced urban metropolis with a humid climate that requires advanced, efficient and affordable energy for residential and commercial use. As America’s fourth biggest city and the population growing rapidly, the need for affordable energy rates in Houston is increasing.

Some reports indicate residential electricity use is soaring with more Texans staying home. Bills likely will soar as well. That means it could be a great time to shop for new energy plans with lower Houston electricity rates. Enter your ZIP code to see what’s available in your area. Remember, most Texans can switch electricity plans without a visit from a technician.

Houston electricity rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Express Energy - Flash 12 - with Auto Pay 12 months $0.062 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Best Value 12 12 months $0.063 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Deluxe 12 12 months $0.063 / kWh
4Change Energy - Maxx Saver 12 12 months $0.069 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Saver 12 12 months $0.069 / kWh
Constellation - 12 Month Flat Tier Product 12 months $0.080 / kWh
Cirro - Smart Value 12 Online 12 months $0.088 / kWh
Just Energy - Base Saver III 12 months $0.089 / kWh
Discount Power - Value Plus 12 12 months $0.108 / kWh
TXU Energy - Smart Edge 12 12 months $0.109 / kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 36 Preferred 36 months $0.114 / kWh
First Choice Power - You Got This 36 36 months $0.114 / kWh
Direct Energy - Live Brighter 36 36 months $0.117 / kWh
Reliant - Secure Advantage 18 18 months $0.118 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Golden Eagle 36 months $0.120 / kWh
Iberdrola Texas - Wind By TX 36 36 months $0.126 / kWh
Chariot Energy - Green Saver 36 36 months $0.133 / kWh
Payless Power - SmarTricity Premier 12 - Prepaid Plan 1 month $0.145 / kWh

Please note: All rates above are accurate as of 9/25/2020, 1:58:28 PM CDT for ZIP Code 77002. Rates may have changed since this date/time. For the most up to date rates in your area, please enter your zip code above.

Energy deregulation in Houston

Texas deregulated a majority of its electricity market in 2002, and it has changed a lot for both consumers and energy companies. The latest statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show a positive picture:

 

  • Texas residential electricity rates are 10 percent lower than the national average.
  • Texas commercial electricity rates are nearly 23 percent lower than the national average.
  • Texas industrial electricity rates are nearly 16 percent lower than the national average.
  • Texas generates the most electricity of any state from wind.
  • Texas generates the fifth-highest amount of electricity from solar energy.

With deregulation came a new system where utility companies are no longer a monopoly. Instead, residents and businesses buy their electricity from independent suppliers, called retail electric providers or REPs, who offer plans and options to fit every lifestyle. With the free Choose Energy marketplace, you can review and compare energy plans available in your area. Simply enter your ZIP code to get started, or see a few resources first:

Houston utility companies & energy providers

The utility service area in Houston is managed by CenterPoint Energy, which offers natural gas in six states and delivers electricity to all of Houston. CenterPoint is also responsible for maintaining the area’s power lines and is who you call if you experience a power outage.

While consumers can’t choose their utility service, they can select from several Houston energy providers. With so many choices, finding the right provider and plan can feel overwhelming. Choose Energy has partnered with some of the best to make that decision a little easier, particularly if you’re searching for cheap electricity. Customers have selections among trusted providers such as Reliant Energy, 4Change Energy, and TriEagle Energy. Enter your ZIP code for a full list of providers in your neighborhood.

Houston renewable energy

The Lone Star State is a leader in renewable energy worldwide. In fact, Texas places first in the nation for wind-generated power and fifth for solar energy. This means Houston residents and businesses can take advantage of their state’s reputation with a green energy plan.

Many providers on the market offer renewable options in addition to traditional energy plans, though a few companies, such as Green Mountain Energy, specialize in 100 percent green electricity. Enter your ZIP code above to see options in your area and compare renewable plans that will fit your needs.

Updated: 7/29/2020