How To Access and Read Your Smart Meter Data


One of the best benefits of having a smart meter is being able to track your electricity consumption in real time and instantly adjust your behavior to reduce your use. Instead of seeing the amount of energy you used in a month when you receive your bill, with a smart meter you can track what time of day you use the most electricity and then take steps to adjust your consumption.

To empower Texans to have more control over their energy bills, the Public Utility Commission created the Smart Meter Texas website that allows residents and business to monitor their usage in real time.

3 Benefits Of Smart Meters


We have smart cars and smart phones…so, it makes sense that we have smart meters.

“Smart” electric meters are digital two-way communication devices that automatically track and record a customer’s electric use in 15-minute increments. Customers and transmission distribution companies (TDUs) have access to the data, which can help both become more efficient.

What Is Average Price Paid On My Electricity Bill? Where Is It Located?


Oftentimes people overlook one of the most important pieces of information on their electricity bills – the average price paid. Here is a discussion about what it is, why it matters and where to find it on your bill.

How Do Texans Power Their Homes? [Infographic]


Have you ever wondered what uses the most energy in your home? Well, we’ve got the scoop.

With the help of data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey, we were able to put together a cool infographic that illustrates what appliances and devices in Texas homes use the most energy annually.

Buying Light Bulbs: You May Be Doing It Wrong


There’s a good chance that you’re using the wrong criteria when deciding which light bulb to buy. Traditionally we’ve used watts, a measure of the energy, to buy bulbs. Instead we should be considering lumens when choosing a light bulb that’s right for our needs.

Why The Lights Don’t Go Out When You Switch Electricity Providers


Some Texans are afraid of the dark, fearing that their power will be cut off if they try to switch retail electricity providers. This is one of the many misconceptions surrounding the electricity industry when legislators decided to deregulate the market in 1999 in favor of a more competitive approach that allows the majority of Texans to choose their electric providers.

Busting the Myth: Summer Weather Doesn’t Affect Your Electricity Bill

Some Texans don’t understand why their electricity usage increases in the summer months. They’re not doing anything differently, so why do their bills go up? The reason that their electricity usage increases actually has nothing to do with their lifestyles or habits – it has everything to do with the weather.

Light Bulbs: Everything You Need To Know About Incandescents, CFLs & LEDs

CFL light bulbs

If you’re been down the aisle at the hardware store recently, you’ve probably seen the vast array of product selection. It’s an overwhelming display of different types, colors and costs. To help you make educated decisions about your home’s lighting, we’re going to explore the different types of light bulbs and the benefits of each. […]

How To Switch Electricity Providers in Texas – Easy as 1-2-3

Since the Texas electricity industry was deregulated in 2002, the majority of Texans have the power to choose their retail electric provider (REP). Here’s how to switch electricity providers in three easy steps and what to expect when switching, which is a simple, straightforward process. Before we get into how to change providers and what […]

The History of Deregulation of Electricity in Texas

deregulation in texas of electricity industry

You’ll hear the word “deregulation” thrown around in conjunction with the Texas electricity industry, but what exactly does it mean? In a nutshell, the 2002 deregulation of Texas’ electricity industry opened the doors for competition in the retail electric provider sector of the business, providing options for consumers.