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How to set up electricity in your new home

Moving is an adventure, but it can also be a lot of work. From packing to carrying heavy furniture to remembering a million last minute tasks, the process can be complex and exhausting. At the end of a long, busy day, all you want is to enjoy a hot shower or a nice meal in your new home. But before you can relax in your new digs, you’ll have to set up your electricity service.

Whether you’re moving to Texas from out of state, relocating to a new city or just migrating down the street, be sure that the lights will be on when you arrive. Texas is a deregulated energy market, which gives you the power to select your electric service provider and find a plan that is just right for your needs. However, there are a few things you’re going to want to know in order to make an educated decision.

Minimize the stress of your move by setting up electricity service in your new home before you arrive. Minimize the stress of your move by setting up electricity service in your new home before you arrive.

Step one: Consider your options

As you begin evaluating energy plans, you’re going to see a lot of variety. The choices may seem overwhelming, but if you understand the specific offerings of each plan, it becomes easier to find what’s right for you. Here are a few of the key factors you will need to review:

Contract length
Plans come with a variety of terms. Contract lengths can vary from a few months to a few years, but you should choose one that benefits your circumstances. For instance, are you renting your home or do you own? If you’re planning to stay in the residence for many years or even decades, you may enjoy the stability of a longer contract.

On the other hand, if you anticipate moving again in six months or a year, you may opt for a shorter term. If you’re undecided, don’t worry – there’s a plan for that too. A month-to-month option offers additional flexibility while you decide what your needs are in the long term.

Fixed- vs. variable-price plans
You’ll have the choice of either a fixed-price or variable-price plan, and both offer advantages. With a fixed-rate plan you’ll have the simplicity of knowing you’re paying the same energy charge for the electricity you’re using for the entire length of your contract. This option gives you protection from market volatility and can be good for establishing a fixed budget.

“If you’re environmentally conscious, you might also consider plans that utilize a renewable energy source such as wind power.”

With a variable-price plan, your energy charge could change on a monthly basis.  While a variable-price plan can make it harder to plan out your monthly finances, you will have the freedom of canceling your plan without an early termination fee.

Additional amenities or special offers
In selecting your energy plan, you should also consider your lifestyle. For example, if you’re a frequent traveler, you may choose a plan that offers the ability to earn airline mileage toward reward travel for the electricity you use every day. If you’re environmentally conscious, you might also consider plans that support renewable energy sources such as wind power. Wind is a completely domestic and sustainable source of energy.

Price
We all want to get the most value for our dollar, but when comparing prices on plans, be sure to think critically. Some providers may offer lower hourly rates, but their contracts may include other charges.

Step two: Talk to us

Having options is great, but if you’re starting to feel overwhelmed by choices, don’t despair. Call Gexa Energy and tell us the address where you’ll need service. Our customer service team will walk you through our plan offerings to find the one that is right for you.

If your move has become too frantic for a phone call, don’t worry. Our Moving Help Center is available 24/7 on your home computer or mobile device.

Already a Gexa customer? There are several tools you can utilize to make your move even smoother. Contact our call center or log in through MyGexa online customer service to set up your electricity service up to 60 days in advance.