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Texas electricity shopping is notoriously tricky. Most households overpay by 40% (~$500/year) due to expired plans and deceptive rate gimmicks. Even the PUC’s PowerToChoose.org site is fatally flawed.

Shoppers deserve a better solution  one that doesn’t require spreadsheets, hours of fine print, or expensive brokers. So that’s what we built.

Our RateGrinder tool helps you quickly compare your cheapest electricity options. Not just for certain higher-priced plans. Not behind a paywall. And not on vague “it’s complex, so just trust us” terms. Only TPG publishes every detail of our method, so you can trust our results.

Let RateGrinder find (or doublecheck) your best option now. You won’t find cheaper plans easier anywhere else.

How It Works

We distill the best plans from PowerToChoose and elsewhere into our RateGrinder dailySave your time & effort
You enter your monthly electricity usageKnow your usages or expect to pay extra!
RateGrinder does the proper math and instantly lists your best optionsVerifiable, unbiased results
You sign up directly with
the Retailer of your choiceYou control your personal info
RateAlert monitors your plan
for new savings opportunitiesNever overpay again

 

For more details, see How To Shop for Electricity in Texas.

Find Your Best Plan

Just follow the  6 Steps  in blue below, or scroll down for help. Explore the tool for free, then buy it only if we saved you money.

Have suggestions for RateGrinder?  Please let us know.
Want more details? Download it to save, print, inspect calcs & more!

Pluggy the piggy bankBuy It

TPG relies on your support — on the honor system — to bring you the most unbiased, transparent, and effective electric plan help in Texas. If we saved you time and money on a new contract, please click “Buy Now” below.

Then put us to work for you every day, automatically! Our free RateAlert service reminds you of your new plan’s expiration AND alerts you if switching to a new plan before then could save you even more money. Use RateAlert and leave the worry and effort to us!

TPG guarantees we’ll find your best plan options. If we didn’t, let us know & we’ll happily refund your last purchase.

RateGrinder calculator:


Detailed Instructions

Follow the steps below.  (If you downloaded RateGrinder to your PC or laptop, you might have to enable ‘editing’ first.)

Step Instructions
1 Enter your ZIP Code and any filtering preferences in the yellow cells.  RateGrinder enter filters
2 Enter your monthly electricity usage from either:

  • Your past electric bills, or
  • The free SmartMeterTexas.com site:
    • Create or Login to your account
    • Navigate to the “Usage” tab, then “My Usage” screen
    • Under “Report Option” \ “Report Type”, select “Monthly Usage”
    • Copy your 12 monthly “Actual kWh” numbers from the bottom table

The more usage data you enter, the more accurate your results will be.
If you only want a 3 – 9 month plan, enter zeros for the unused months.

 RateGrinder add usage by month
3 Highlight key Electricity Facts Label (EFL) details and graph your predicted rates by entering ‘1’ (or another plan’s rank from the ‘Results’ table) into the colored cell.  RateGrinder select plan to graph
4 Choose a plan by the Annual Cost1 and (optionally) company rating, then sign up online via its “Sign Up” link. By law, your new provider will completely manage the switch. You don’t need to inform your old provider, and there’s no risk of electricity loss. When signing up, make sure your final EFL’s  name, date, and version # match those shown in RateGrinder, as some EFL offers change DAILY.  RateGrinder find lowest cost
5 If using RateGrinder saved you time and money in choosing your electricity plan, please click the “Buy Now” button to support TPG with $10 per new contract you sign. Or help us spread the word to a friend and save $5!
RateGrinder calculator:  


6 Sign up for RateAlert or set your own reminder to come back and shop for your next plan when the new one ends. You can switch within 14 days of your contract’s end date without incurring termination fees. DON’T FORGET, or you’ll give up much of your savings to an expensive month-to-month default plan.

1 Calculated cost includes recurring energy and TDU charges, but not minor PUC fees, taxes, etc. RateGrinder summarizes non-recurring REP fees (for services like paper billing and non-automated payment) on the bottom-right table. See ‘Charges and Fees’ for more details.

Notes

Some plans change daily, so if you’re working off a previous day’s downloaded file, you’ll see a link at the top to bring you back here for the latest release.

When downloaded, RateGrinder works with Microsoft® Excel® 2007 or newer, and possibly on older versions with some limitations. If you find an incompatibility, data error, or omission, please let us know at feedback@texaspowerguide.com.