Choose Energy Helps Consumers Lower Winter Texas Electric Bills

By: Jerry Dyess

The fall season is a great time for small business and residential customers can use this free online marketplace to take charge of their Texas electricity spending.

As we are heading into the winter months after high summer electric bills - electricity customers in deregulated areas of Texas have something to be excited about.

The launch of the true energy savings portal, www.ChooseEnergy.com, has given thousands of Texas consumers more information and capabilities than they have ever had to manage their Texas energy expenditures. This unique energy marketplace, www.chooseenergy.com, is made available by Choose Energy, a division of Priority Power Management.

More than half of Texas consumers have not taken advantage of competitive electricity prices made available through deregulation and they continue to be served by their incumbent utilities. Choose Energy's "compare and buy" neutral energy marketplace enables these customers to more easily and confidently evaluate options for selecting a new Retail Electric Provider (REP) based on lower rates, the use of "greener" power sources, different contract lengths or other offers. For consumers, using www.ChooseEnergy.com is free and may be used without risk or obligation. If consumers see an attractive offer they want to accept, they can make the switch to a new REP without leaving the site.

Just as the Internet has made it easier for people to compare mortgages, travel rates and other services, Choose Energy has developed a compare and buy site that offers a trusted and objective comparison of available electricity providers for residential and small commercial customers. Plus, the fall season is a great time to lock in a lower Texas electricity rate. Texas electricity prices usually track with natural gas costs, and natural gas is traditionally lower in shoulder months during the fall season, before consumer demand increases. With last year's launch of ChooseEnergy.com, consumers and business owners have received direct access to real-time pricing and the ability to switch providers, through an easy-to-use electricity services portal.

Choose Energy simply delivers true value to Texas small business and residential electricity customers and is a recognized leader in Texas energy comparison. The ChooseEnergy.com portal equips small commercial and residential users to take charge of their energy usage.

Consumers enter their zip code into the Choose Energy portal and within seconds can compare side-by-side electricity offers from more than 10 retail providers, including several incumbent utilities. When users are ready to place an order to select a new electricity company, they submit a request directly through the ChooseEnergy.com site which connects to service providers.

Helpful information about providers, energy deregulation, energy saving tips and related links are also available on www.chooseenergy.com.

For retail electric providers, Choose Energy offers the beneficial opportunity to place real-time bids on customers' electricity business, personalize their bids to each customer and modify their offers and terms as often as they wish. For instance, electricity retailers may offer exceptionally competitive rates tied to longer term contracts or want attract customers in a targeted geographic area - on ChooseEnergy.com they can do both.

The number of retail electricity providers appearing on ChooseEnergy.com has steadily increased after the portal's launch in the summer of '06 and will change from time to time. Even though listed on ChooseEnergy.com, some retailers may not always bid to supply electricity to all customers, zip codes and/or sizes of accounts.

ChooseEnergy.com is a powerful tool, built on sound technology to provide a simple, positive consumer experience and is a much-needed service for the Texas energy industry.

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