People in McAllen know that shopping for an electricity provider can be cumbersome. They also know that there is serious money to be saved by comparing electricity rates and finding the best deals available.
Some energy companies spend huge sums of money advertising on TV to build brand awareness. But smart shoppers know that when it comes to selecting a McAllen energy provider, price is more important than a name.
Power To Choose in Texas has created a level playing field. With so many offers to choose from, the challenge becomes sorting through them to separate the hype from the reality and find out who really has the cheapest electricity rates in McAllen.
That’s where we come in. Our team spends every day analyzing electricity plans from the dozens of
electric companies in Texas. We’ve listed for you the cheap electricity rates and plan features you are looking for. Our electricity rate comparison tool lists all the top electricity plans from multiple electricity providers in your area. We’ve given you the rates and all the plan details you need to be confident in your decision.
Once you’ve selected the plan that fits your needs you can sign up online or over the phone.
Featured Electricity Rates In McAllen, Texas
How McAllen Electricity Is Delivered
When you are shopping for an electricity provider, you are not selecting the company that will actually delivering the electricity to your home. This is not the job of retail electricity providers. Deregulation created separate roles for different types of companies within the Texas electricity market. This division of labor means that retail electricity providers don’t have the responsibility of delivering power.
In Texas, electricity is delivered to homes by transmission and distribution utilities. These utilities have defined geographic areas where they are responsible for maintaining the power lines and delivering the power to your home. If there is a power outage or a downed line, it is their crews that respond.
Top McAllen Electricity Rates From Each Provider
|Gexa||Saver Saver Deluxe 12||7.6¢/kWh|
|Frontier Utilities||Best Value 12||7.6¢/kWh|
|Cirro Energy||Smart Value 12 Online||9.9¢/kWh|
|4Change Energy||Budget Saver 12||8.9¢/kWh|
|Direct Energy||Live Brighter 12||13.4¢/kWh|
|First Choice Power||You Got This 24||12.9¢/kWh|
|TXU||Clear Deal 12||10.9¢/kWh|
|4Change Energy||Maxx Saver 12||7.6¢/kWh|
|Green Mountain Energy||Pollution Free e-Plus 24 Preferred||15.1¢/kWh|
|Champion||Champ Saver 12||15.6¢/kWh|
|Reliant||Reliant Clear Flex||12.4¢/kWh|
|4Change Energy||Maxx Saver 12||7.6¢/kWh|
|Payless Power||SmarTricity Flex Saver||14.3¢/kWh|
For a more detailed realtime rate comparison enter your zip code at the top of the page. Our rate comparison tool lets you see all providers and rates. You can filter by term length, usage level, green energy plans, no deposit plans and get you them most up to date pricing. The rates listed above are for the 1,000 kWh usage level. More Information on any of these plans >>>
In the McAllen area, the TDU is ONCOR. They deliver electricity to every home and business in their region regardless of who the retail electricity provider is that sells the electricity to that address.
This makes it so much easier to select an electricity provider because it takes reliability of service out of the equation as a decision factor and allows consumers to focus purely on who has the cheapest electricity rats in Texas.
Guide For Comparing Electricity Rates in McAllen
The single most important thing you can do when preparing to compare electricity rates in McAllen is determine about how much electricity your home uses. A good rule of thumb is that an apartment in Texas may average around 500 kWh a month in electricity usage. 1000 kwh is more typical of a smaller home while larger homes use 2000 kWh per month or more in electricity.
If you are switching electricity providers, you can look at previous electric bills to get an idea of how much electricity you typically use. You can also see your all-in average electricity rate from recent bills. This will be helpful when comparing alternative plans that could save you money.
If you are moving to a new place you can ask the previous owner or the landlord what the typical electricity usage is for that address.
Make sure that you are looking at rates for the usage level that matches your needs. We make this easy with a selection box above the list of available plans. You will see this after you enter your zip code in the search box on this page.
About McAllen, Texas – Did You Know?
McAllen is in Hidalgo county and is in the top-20 most populous cities in the state of Texas at about 130,000 total. It is nicknamed “The City of Palms.” The city also has some notable architecture: the Chase Neuhaus Tower, BBVA Compass Tower, Bentsen Tower, and McAllen Medical Center all stand relatively tall, making the cityscape of McAllen very pleasing on the eyes.
Some cool places to visit are the McAllen Botanical Gardens, La Plaza Mall, the International Museum of Art and Science, and the Cine El Rey Theatre.
Because the city is near the gulf coast, the climate is characterized by hot and humid summers, with very brief winters that hardly go below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The average temperatures in McAllen are above the average for the country. There are not a lot of threats for earthquakes or tornadoes, but hurricanes are a major concern given McAllen’s location near the water–it is about 70 miles from the coast.
It is about 16% cheaper to live in McAllen than the rest of the country, making housing and utilities much cheaper than average. Transportation is still pretty costly though, and commute time is close to 21 minutes.
Energy Saving Tips for Cheap Electricity Rates
You might be surprised to learn that the vent for your clothes dryer could be adding quite a bit to your monthly electric bill.
These reason for this is two-fold. You can probably guess the first reason, but the second is a bit less obvious.
Let’s start with the obvious.
If your dryer vent is becoming clogged with lint, your dryer is not able to dry the clothes as efficiently as it could. A restricted vent allows less of the moist air to flow out of the dryer to the outside of your home. This means the dryer must run longer to get your clothes dry.
We should also mention that a lint-clogged vent can cause a fire. It can also cause mold to grow in and around the vent lines, because the lint stays moist due to restricted air flow.
Now, on to the second reason the dryer vent can be causing your electricity bill to be higher than necessary.
If the outside termination of the vent is placed near your exterior air conditioning unit, it is causing lint to clog up the a/c unit’s condenser coils, vastly lowering its energy efficiency.
Does this mean you need to relocate your vent or a/c unit? Not at all. But it does mean you should regularly clean the coils with a garden hose. It only takes a couple of minutes, but the energy savings will be instantaneous.
The Electricity Plans Have Cancellation Fees
Expect your new McAllen electricity plan to come with a cancellation fee. These fees are usually waived if you are moving. But, if you plan to switch to a new provider before the end of your contract, be prepared to pay this early termination fee. It’s usually around $150 – $200 for a 12 month contract. This fee will be listed in your plan’s EFL.
Finding Jobs at Energy Companies in McAllen
McAllen has recently seen an expansion of job offerings from the energy companies located in the area. The gas and oil drilling that is taking place just north of the city continues to be strong. What is really exciting for people looking for energy jobs are the pipelines that are being install. Quite a few energy companies are hiring in McAllen to help with the installation of the natural gas pipelines to Mexico. Once the pipelines become operational, an entirely new workforce will need to be trained to maintain the pipeline and the substations that go with it.
NuStar Energy is a pipeline service company that is publicly traded. They currently operate dozens of different pipelines, totaling to almost 10,000 miles of pipeline and 75 storage and substations.
Energy Transfer has over 83,000 miles of pipelines, making it one of the largest energy transmission companies in the nation. With such a vast area to maintain, their search for additions to their workforce is never ending.
NAES operates the nearby Frontera Electricity Generation plant. Converting natural gas to electricity, the plant is one of the larger suppliers of jobs in the area.
Howard Energy Partners is an energy infrastructure and services company, offering solutions for all stages of oil and gas discovery, retrieval and transport. They are hiring mechanics and drill operators for their many well platforms.
No Deposit Electricity Plans In McAllen
If you have been asked to pay a deposit you cannot afford, we have a plan that will help you get your lights on quickly without a huge upfront payment.
Prepaid electricity plans are the most popular option for customers who want to avoid paying a big deposit. Rather than paying a $200, $300 or even $500 deposit you can pay as little as $30 to get going with a prepaid electricity. This money goes straight to your electric bill and doesn’t just set in the electricity providers bank account.
For more information on a no deposit electricity plan call us at 855-564-1181.
What Info Do I Need to Provide to Start a New Electricity Plan?
Whether you are enrolling online or over the phone, there is some information you might want to have at the ready to make your sign-up process go smoother.
You will need to have the full and correct service address and a billing address if that is going to be different than the service address. For credit purposes, providers may also ask for your current or previous address.
You will need to provide either a social security number or a driver’s license number. The provider will use this information to perform what is called a soft credit check. This won’t hurt your credit score, but it will be used to determine whether a deposit is required. If you are enrolling in a prepaid electricity plan, no credit check is required.
If a plan offers autopay, you may be asked to provide payment information when you enroll in the plan. Autopay is an optional feature for many plans and is required for some plans.
Report Power Outages in McAllen to the Utility Company AEP
AEP Contact Information:
For power outages in McAllen Texas, please call AEP at 1-866-223-8508. To have underground lines located prior to digging in McAllen Texas, call 1-800-344-8377.
Smart Meter Information:
For information on the smart meter program in McAllen Texas, click here.