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What is Atlas?

Our purpose is to work for you in navigating the often-confusing waters that surround choosing a Texas energy provider.

Written By: Arthur Murray
Updated: June 28, 2020

How does Atlas work

Our mission at Atlas is clear: We put the customer first, using our insider knowledge of often complicated industries to unlock better value. Atlas works by using cutting-edge technology – and complete transparency with customers – to guide users to the best energy plan for them.

Choosing a retail electricity provider in Texas is complicated. Most providers display electricity rates at three levels, based on the number of kilowatt hours (kWh) a household consumes. Those levels are 500 kWh, 1,000 kWh, and 2,000 kWh. But no one uses energy at exactly those levels, and going over – or even under – one of those amounts can cost a consumer dearly.

Problem No. 2, usage in Texas varies widely from month to month.

Doing the math on Texas electricity rates

    Consider the following:
  • Average monthly usage: 1,155 kilowatt hours. The average monthly residential electricity rate in 2019 was 11.87 cents/kWh – meaning the average annual bill was $1,645.
  • Lowest average monthly usage: 776 kWh in April. Five other months also come in below 1,000 kWh.
  • Highest average monthly usage: 1,644 kilowatt hours in August – again, five other months also top 1,000 kWh.

Another complicating factor is that some providers often offer bill credits for using more than 1,000 kWh in a billing cycle. Others offer credits for using more than 1,200.

So should consumers pick a plan with low rates, even though their usage may bump them to a different, higher rate for half the year? Or research every plan to see where bill credits factor in? Or choose one offering free electricity under certain conditions but higher overall rates? That’s where Atlas comes in.

How is Atlas different from other marketplaces?

Other energy marketplaces do little more than show rates, usually at the 1,000 kWh level. Atlas provides direction – our custom algorithm uses information you provide about your home, your household, your energy usage, and more – to navigate the expensive detours and roadblocks you’d otherwise find on the path to a great Texas energy plan.

The more information you give us, the more precise we can be in recommending the plan that meets your needs. And we do it in minutes. Best of all, we do it at no charge to you.

Why should I trust Atlas?

Atlas is the new kid on the block, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t trust Atlas. As we said above, we’re different. We’ll outline the reasons we’re recommending a plan for you, because we know we have to earn your trust. Atlas makes it clear to the retail electricity providers we feature that we’re working for you – not for them.

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How do I get started?

Getting started with Atlas is easy. Simply enter your address above, and we’ll begin finding the best plan for your household. Remember, the lowest rates don’t always mean the lowest bills. But Atlas will do the math using the details you provide to find great value for you.