Directions to the best Houston electricity rates

Most things in Texas are bigger, but energy choice helps ensure that electricity rates shouldn’t be.

Written By: Arthur Murray
Updated: June 28, 2020

Atlas can guide you to great Houston energy rates

When it comes to energy, Houston is a big deal, calling itself the Energy Capital of the World. But there’s no reason why electricity rates in Houston should be the biggest in the world – or even the highest in Texas. Atlas can show you the way to the best prices for energy to suit the way you and your family use it.

That’s right. Even among people who live and work in Houston, electricity rates can be confusing. Texas energy plans include tiered pricing, bill credits for specific usage levels, free nights, transmission charges, taxes, and more. Getting a precise read on what your electricity bill will be month-to-month isn’t easy. Case in point: It’s very possible you’ll pay more for paying 999 kilowatt hours (kWh) in a month than for using 1,000 kWh.

What are the best electricity rates in Houston?

That’s a great question, and the answer is: It depends. It depends on how much electricity you use, not just in one month but over many months. The average Texas electricity rate in 2019 was 11.81 cents/kWh, and the average Texan uses an average of 1,155 kilowatt hours of electricity a month.

Sounds simple enough, right? Here’s the problem: Texans use twice as much energy in August as they do in April. That means the plan that’s right for spring can mean huge bills in summer

That’s particularly true if your plan is tied to wholesale electricity rates. Customers should remember back to August 2019 when a summer heat wave tied to concerns over generation capacity in Texas led to rates as high as $9/kWh. Tilt the package too much toward summer usage and you can spend way too much in spring.

That’s why it’s difficult to know which rate to select.

With Atlas, you can be sure you’re avoiding these issues and only considering plans that will work in many scenarios over the course of your contract. When you sign up for a free Atlas account, we’ll continue to track your plan and let you know if we find something better for you.

How can Atlas help? And what is Atlas?

Atlas does the math, and we’ve got connections with some of the best Texas retail energy providerssuch as Constellation, TriEagle, and TXU. We’re a different kind of Texas electricity marketplace because we optimize our buying experience to benefit you, without demanding compensation from you.

Our algorithm studies all the plans from the top providers, crunches the numbers, and finds the Houston electricity rates that balances your use throughout the year. And when we get paid, it’s by the provider, not the consumer.

Why? Our goal isn’t to set you up with one great Houston energy plan – it’s to find you many great plans. We want to be your go-to for this complicated process.

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