How to Use the Website
Welcome to the Power to Choose, a site provided by the Public Utility Commission to equip Texans with the information they need to choose the competitive electricity plan that best suits their unique needs.
To get the most meaningful results from the site, we encourage you to take the following steps on the path to a new plan. Past electric bills and a calculator are handy tools for this process as is the information found by running your computer mouse over the page's icons.
Start Your Search
Enter your home zip code.
Clicking NARROW YOUR SEARCH will speed up your selection process. (If you do, jump to STEP 7). However, you may also click the VIEW RESULTS button on the right and take the following steps.
Before you check plans, first take full advantage of the boxes on the left-hand side of the page to narrow your choices.
Narrow Your Results
Calculate your estimated average monthly usage using your electric bills. Remember that usage follows seasonal patterns with higher consumption in months like August and February.
If you care to, enter the price range per kilowatt hour that you'd like to pursue in your search.
Please enter the anticipated length of a formal agreement into which you'd like to enter.
Next, you may use this feature to filter out those plans that feature minimum usage fees/credits and tiered rates.
Tailor Results Based on Your Needs
This step allows you to choose a fixed rate plan of the sort that can be helpful during times of high wholesale electricity prices, like the height of summer or depth of winter. (Fixed rates are for terms longer than one month while a variable rate's cost can vary from month to month.)
This filter allows you to select whether you want to view Prepaid Plans.
This filter allows you to select whether you want to view plans with pricing that varies by time or day of the week.
One of the more unique aspects of the Power To Choose site, this feature indicates customer satisfaction, based on the percentage of complaints to the PUC.
This feature allows you to designate what percentage of your electricity investment will go to renewable energy sources like solar or wind.
This filter allows you to choose a specific retail electric provider.
Once you have entered all of your criteria, be sure to click REFRESH RESULTS to see a selection of plans that meet your expressed preferences.
Once you have completed all of these steps and found a plan that interests you, it is critical that you click the FACT SHEET link and spend time carefully reading the document to ensure the retail electric provider's terms suit your desired service.