Electricity 101

How to Set Up Electricity in Your New Home

Gexa Energy
April 26, 2023
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Gexa Energy
Publication Date:
June 27, 2023
Last updated:
June 29, 2023

Moving into a new home or apartment can be exciting, but it’s also a lot of work. After you're done packing and unpacking everything, you’ll likely be ready to just sit back and watch some TV or enjoy a relaxing hot shower in your home.  

But before you can truly settle in, you'll need to set up electricity service. After all, the last thing you want on your first day in your new place is to flip a light switch…and stay in darkness!

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 and know how to get electricity.  

Setting up electricity for the first time can be daunting, especially in a state as unique as Texas. The majority of Texas is a deregulated energy market, which gives you the power to select your electric service provider and find a plan that fits your specific needs. Here are a few things you need to know about how to set up electricity in your new home.  


Consider Your Options

As you begin evaluating the different house electricity plans available, 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 determine which one is right for you.  

Below are a few of the key factors you will need to review when setting up electricity at your new address.  

Contract Length

Electricity plans come with a variety of terms. Contract lengths can vary from a few months to a few years, so you should choose one that benefits your individual circumstances. If you plan to stay in your new home for many years to come, you may enjoy the stability of a longer contract.  

On the other hand, if you’re looking to set up electricity for an apartment and anticipate moving again, 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 flexibility and gives you more time to determine your long-term needs.  

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Fixed vs. Variable-Price Plans

When setting up electricity in Texas, you will have the choice of either a fixed-price or a variable-price plan, and both offer unique advantages. With a fixed-rate plan, you can enjoy 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.  

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.  

Renewable Energy Sources

When considering how to set up electricity in an apartment, think about your lifestyle. If you want to make your home energy-efficient and decrease your environmental footprint, you might consider plans that support renewable energy sources.  

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