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Learn More About Deregulation and Your Power to Choose
Before you make a decision about your energy supply company, there are a few concepts that are important to understand. First, understanding energy deregulation will help you see why you might benefit from a new energy provider. Second, you may have alternative energy plans available in your area. Don’t settle for a plan before you know your options. Our resource center is here to help.
What is energy deregulation?
Deregulation is a law that separates the supply and delivery portions of energy. In Texas, electricity is deregulated. Utility companies still deliver your electricity, but retail electric providers offer energy supply plans. Retail electric providers are all competing for your business, so they charge competitive rates and offer unique plans. Some companies may offer a long-term contract with a fixed rate, while others may offer a month-to-month contract with a variable rate. Think about what is important to you in an energy provider.
If you live in one of these service areas, you have the power to choose your electricity supplier:
- CenterPoint Energy
- AEP Central
- AEP North
Practice energy saving tips
Regardless of your energy rate, you can practice energy saving tips to reduce your usage and help protect the planet. You can save energy with simple practices such as turning the lights off when you leave your home. If you’re shopping for new appliances, be sure to check for the ENERGY STAR® logo. ENERGY STAR® appliances are certified to use less energy than standard appliances. During the hot summers in Texas, you can also save energy by increasing the temperature in your home by a few degrees. For more ideas, visit our Energy Saving Tips page.
Is a green energy product right for you?
Looking for an alternative energy plan? Green energy product options use renewable energy credits to purchase renewable energy, on your behalf, to flow into the electricity grid. Renewable resources may include wind power, solar power, hydro power and other energy sources that can be replenished. Other energy supply plans use mostly nonrenewable resources, such as coal and natural gas. Choosing green energy product options can help shrink your carbon footprint and decrease damage to our environment.