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Old 06-15-2015, 09:48 AM
 
Location: State College, PA
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I'll be moving to Dallas in July and for the first time, I'm figuring out all of the utilities myself. I've got Internet, renter's insurance, and even the U-haul worked out to make my move smooth. The last thing I need to figure out is my electricity provider. My leasing agent gave me a website to look at, Power To Choose | Home, and I don't even know where to begin. I read up on cramming and slamming and some of the other illegal things companies do, and it looks like each company has its fair share of complaints.

My leasing agent recommended Green Mountain Energy. I'm not sure if it's because my apartment complex has a deal with them or if he's just really pro-green, but when I looked at reviews on powertochoose, I found that they have a lot of complaints. Is there any reason why I shouldn't go with just the cheapest option available to me? What do I need to be wary of when choosing an electric provider for the first time? Does someone have an electric company that they might recommend for a single consumer?
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Riding the light...
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Texas has de-regulated your electricity, giving you a choice. That is, in making your choice, regard it more as choosing a billing company. The electricity transport for most of the area is Oncor. Regardless of the 'electric' company you choose, the bill will include a 'TDU' for transport, or really the infrastructure. The company you choose will be the one you call when the juice goes off. It won't be their fault, they're just the customer service intermediary.

Each company may provide some alternate sources of energy, some year end prize, some tease to get your attention. Choose a handful of those you consider to be favorable, make your choice from that. I use TXU's 'Market Edge', no contract and is tied to the cost of natural gas. I can switch anytime I choose but then I'd have to make another choice and would belocked into a contract.

It's like a shot in the dark so watch out what you aim for.
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:42 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Recently switched to a dirt-cheap 5 month contract for the summer. I'll be rolling the dice in October to see what's available when this plan expires!
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