If you've lived in Texas long enough, chances are you've run into an unpleasant experience dealing with a Retail Electricity Provider (REP). It's not surprising with all of the tricky ads, teaser rates, and confusing terms. Energy Ogre understands how ogre-vating it can be to determine which plan gives you the biggest bang for your buck. There are several red flags regarding electricity plans that we can monitor.
The kilowatt-hour. You've probably seen this guy hanging around ever since you started paying your own electricity bills. It's the unit used to define your electricity contract and measure your energy consumption. But what is it exactly?
Chances are you use cruise control in your vehicle, you have your AC system set to a weekly schedule, and you may also have an automatic sprinkler system in your yard. We get it... life's too busy, and it's helpful to have one less thing to worry about.
In fact, we were founded for the sole reason of giving Texans one less thing to worry about -- namely, overpaying for electricity, and wasting time and effort during the shopping process.
Who do I call for a power outage? When the electricity goes out, you want help, and you want it immediately. Texas is famous for its extreme temperatures. When there is a power outage in the summer, dangerous heat can cause serious issues. If the electricity goes out in the winter, the frosty chill outside is just as threatening. Refrigerators are needed for medications. Medical equipment needs power outlets. The lack of proper lighting can be problematic for the disabled and elderly. We need power.
Power to Choose, managed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). Have you used their website? The offers shown are not necessarily endorsed by the PUCT. Any licensed retail electricity provider (REP) operating in Texas can post offers.
On January 1, 2002, the Texas State Legislature decided to deregulate the electricity industry. It opened up the supply of electricity to competition for the first time in state history. Now, more than half of Texans can choose who to buy their electricity from as the list of retail electricity providers grows.