Quickstart Guide – How to Get Cheaper Electricity Bills

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Navigating the Texas Deregulated Electricity Market

At Honest Gorilla, we aim to help you find the cheapest electricity deal and save you money. To help guide you through the switching process, we’ve created a series of helpful guides designed to make switching providers (or signing up for the first time) as easy as possible.

Welcome to the first guide in our series on the energy switching process. This guide provides an overview on the comparison and switching process, within links to more in-depth guides that will assist you along the way.

At the end of this article, you’ll find a list of other guides on how to get cheaper electricity bills. After all, who wants to spend more on electricity than you really have to!

Step 1 – Compare Electricity Prices

To start your comparison, you’ll need to do two (2) things:

  • Have a recent electricity bill on hand
  • Head to our electricity comparison page by entering your ZIP Code

Once you’re on the comparison page, it’s time to start to your journey towards discovering cheaper electricity bills. Here’s what you can expect:

1. Determine Your Average Monthly Usage
  • Select whether you use an average of 500, 1000 or 2000 kWh based on your home size
  • If you have your past 12 months usage history, you can enter each month’s value by selecting ‘Energy Usage’ History. The system will automatically calculate your average monthly usage based on your actual data.
2. Choose the Type of Plan
  • Select whether you’re looking for fixed-rate, variable-rate, prepaid or renewable energy.
  • Choose between 1 and 36 month terms, or simply select ‘Show All’ and Honest Gorilla will compare all available plans.
3. Compare Prices
  • As you make each selection, Honest Gorilla will revise the results it shows to you. If you’re browsing on a mobile device, be sure to click ‘Save Changes’ each time you change any one of the filters.
  • Review the list of available deals based on the information you provided and discover potential savings.
  • All results are presented in order of price, from low to high.
  • When you select a plan, Honest Gorilla will calculate and graph the results. That way you can see an estimate of how much you can expect to pay each month for energy charges (not including taxes and fees). This is a feature unique to Honest Gorilla.

Check out our detailed guide on how to compare electricity prices for a thorough outline of the comparison process.

Step 2 – Make the Switch and Sign up

Once you’ve chosen the right deal, you can sign up for your new electricity plan. To do this, you must:

1. Provide service address and billing address
  • Enter your service address where you will be needing electricity.
  • Once it is determined that your address is serviceable, you will receive your ESIID.
  • Specify whether your billing address is the same as your service address or different.
2. Determine your service connection type
  • Depending whether you are an existing resident or new to your home, you will want to specify if you would like to request switching providers or new service
  • If you have a specific date you’d like to have your service turned on or switched, you can choose the day
3. Enter Personal Information
  • Fill in your name, contact information, personal identification information and other necessary details.
  • A soft credit check will be run on all applicants and may be required to pay an interest-bearing security deposit if eligible.
4. Confirm and submit
  • Answer any final questions, agree to the terms and conditions of the electricity provider and plan you have chosen, and place your order.

Our step-by-step guide on how to switch electricity providers in Texas will provide further information if you need assistance at any point.

Step 3 – If You Change Your Mind

If you change your mind within three (3) days of your submitting your enrollment, don’t worry. You can cancel free of charge during this cooling-off period.

Keep in mind that if you decide to cancel after this timeframe or switch will still in contract with your existing provider, you must be subject to an early termination fee. This can be a flat monthly fee (around $15 -$20) or $200 – $400 based on your contract type.

Learn more about electricity cancellation fees in our detailed article.

In addition to our guides on how to compare electricity prices, how to switch electric providers, we offer a range of other helpful guides on how to get cheaper electricity bills.

Prepaid or No Deposit Electricity: Learn how you can avoid paying a hefty security deposit and still get power turned on within the hour.

Federal Tax Credits: See how you can be incentivized to go green and save green.

Considerations for Switching: Aside from price alone, there are other facts to consider. Here are 7 things to think about when switching electric providers.

Frequently Asked Questions: Review our list of commonly asked questions.

You can view our full range of energy articles on our blogs page.

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