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Couple saving money on electricityWant to save up to 50% on electricity without gimmicks, hours of searching, or expensive brokers?

TPG’s proven RateGrinder tool finds the best electric plan for you, instantly.

  • More powerful than PowerToChoose
  • More savings than subscription services
  • Transparent, unbiased results

Try it below  You won’t find a better rate 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 with your preferred RetailerYou control your personal info
RateAlert monitors for even
better savings opportunitiesNever overpay again

 

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

Find Your Best Plan NOW ↴

Follow the  6 Steps  in blue below. Step #2 is the KEY to big savings! See the results, then buy it if we saved you time/money.  (More help)

Suggestions for RateGrinder?  Please let us know.
Love details? Download it to save, inspect calcs & more!

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Your purchase supports Texas’s most effective electricity shopping tool. If we saved you hours or $100’s on a new contract, please click “Buy Now” below to share $5 or $10.

(Or if we didn’t find your best options, let us know & we’ll happily refund your last purchase.)

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And don’t forget to let our free RateAlert service monitor your new plan’s expiration AND alert you to any new switch-and-save opportunities. Never worry about overpaying again!

 

What Others Say

“Thanks so much for RateGrinder; saved me lots of time and headaches!”
– Debbie A.
Houston, TX
“When I plugged my data into Rate Grinder, it came up with exactly the plans that I had spent hours and hours number crunching”
– Tony L.
Houston, TX
“For years I have been frustrated with Power to Choose. There is no way I could sort through all of the options, much less get an idea of what my true energy cost would be. As a result I’ve overpaid for a variable rate plan because I felt I could not make an informed decision. Texas Power Guide does all the work for you! Thanks so much for putting this product out there. I wish I had found it years ago.”
– Jonathan C.
Fort Worth, TX

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 enter monthly usages
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 pick 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!
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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.

Beyond The Math

There’s more to electricity shopping than prices, so we strive to educate consumers and bust popular misconceptions. Check out our “Tips” and Blog for insights you won’t find elsewhere, including:

  • Should I pay extra for “renewable energy”? [No]
  • Which electricity retailers are corporate siblings? [See this chart]
  • Is there a best time of year to renew my annual contract? [Perhaps not, but we’re still researching this one…]