Find the cheapest electricity providers in Van, TX. Vault Electricity is a free consumer service that allows Texans to compare electricity plans from the most trusted electricity brands in Texas. There are more companies that sell electricity in Van than most people realize. Many of these providers offer questionable electricity plans that promise one rate but deliver another. Worse, many of these companies pop up overnight and are in business for only a short time
Power to choose has brought savings Van electricity consumers who are willing to shop and switch providers. It can also be a mine field with some shady business practices and shady offerings.
That’s where we come in. Vault Electricity is a free electricity rate comparison service that helps consumers not only find the lowest rate electricity in Van but also to avoid being take advantage of.
Featured Electricity Rates In Van, Texas
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Top Van Electricity Rates From Each Provider
|Electric Company||Plan Name||Electricity Rate|
|Frontier Utilities||Best Value 12||6.9¢/kWh|
|4Change Energy||Maxx Saver 12||7.7¢/kWh|
|Gexa||Saver Supreme 12||7.3¢/kWh|
|4Change Energy||Free Energy 12||8.5¢/kWh|
|Cirro Energy||Smart Value 12 Online||8.3¢/kWh|
|Direct Energy||Live Brighter 12||11.3¢/kWh|
|First Choice Power||You Got This 24||11.2¢/kWh|
|TXU||Clear Deal 12||9.5¢/kWh|
|4Change Energy||Easy Saver 12||8.9¢/kWh|
|Gexa||Saver Deluxe 12||6.9¢/kWh|
|Express Energy||Express Energy Flash 12||7.0¢/kWh|
|Green Mountain Energy||Crystal Clear 12 Preferred||10.9¢/kWh|
|Reliant||Secure Advantage 12||11.3¢/kWh|
|Payless Power||SmarTricity Premier 12||15.1¢/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 >>>
Tips for Comparing Electric Companies in Van
Many electricity plans are tailored towards homes of a particular size that use a particular amount of electricity every month. The first and most important thing to do when comparing Van electricity rates with our comparison tool is make sure that you are looking at the appropriate rates for the size of your home. There is a setting on our plan results list that allows you to select your home size. This will change the display to show you the appropriate rates for each plan based on usage level.
There are three monthly electricity usage levels that that are used as pricing benchmarks for every electricity plan sold in Texas. They are:
- 2000 kWhs: This is a usage level associated with a larger home.
- 1000 kWhs: A reasonable estimate for a smaller house
- 500 kWhs: This is apartment sized usage
Electricity rates can be very different between these levels even for the same plan. If you aren’t comparing the appropriate rates, you could end up choosing the wrong plan for your needs.
Origination of Van Electricity
Once the main source of electricity in Texas, coal has been declining in importance for years. The modern Texas electricity grid gets more than half its electricity from natural gas power plants. Natural gas has a number of advantages when with comes to generating electricity. Power plants that generated power by burning natural gas can be quickly ramped up or ramped down to help stabilize the grid by keeping available supply in line with the real-time demand for electricity.
Natural gas is also cheaper and burns cleaner than coal. It is also readily available in the state of Texas. The Lone Star State is the largest producer of natural gas in the country. New drilling techniques have brought into play reserves of natural gas that a decade ago would have been too expensive to extract.
The falling price of natural gas has translated directly to cheap Van electricity rates.
Technology along with government subsidies have also led to a dramatic drop in the cost of wind power. Today, Texas leads the nation in installed wind capacity. This has led to a growth in the number of green energy plans available in Van while at the same time lowering the cost of renewable energy plans.
What You Probably Don’t Know About Van, Texas
Van is located in Van zandt County, Texas. Last measured, the population for the city was around 2,700 in total, meaning that the city was the 513th largest in the state. On the map, Van is located in the northeastern part of the state next to Edom, Mineola, Redland, Hideaway, Grand Saline, Tyler, and Dallas is about 70 miles from the city.
Historically, the city was named Swindall after George Swindall, who was the land donor for what would become Van. The name changed and was thus named after the schoolteacher and early settler of that land, Henry Vance. This was around 1894 that the first office came to be and the name officially changed. And a few decades later, oil was discovered near the town in 1927. This led to the logical population boom that oil discovery warrants and the city flourished for a time. Shortly after the Texas Short Line Railway went into the area.
Today, the economy is driven more by Retail Trade, which makes up for about 22% of all jobs supplied in the area. Healthcare is big, as well as Manufacturing, Construction, Transportation, Warehousing, and never forget Education.
Speaking of education, the attainment rate in Van for high school diplomas is about 84% for those who are over the age of 25. And Bachelor’s degrees are obtained about 23% of the time in that same group of the population.
How Are Van, TX Electricity Rates Created?
Perhaps you think that your electricity rate determines how much you will pay on your electricity bill. That’s not actually how Texas electricity works though. The amount you pay on your electricity bill is used to calculate what your average electricity rate is (or was for the month). In other words, your true electricity rate can’t be known until after your bill is calculated.
The electricity rates you see advertised by electric companies in Van are usually just estimates of what your electricity rate will be depending on how many kWhs of electricity you may use. When your first electricity bill arrives, you will find that your actual electricity rate is almost certainly different than the rate that is advertised on the plan. And it will likely be different each month.
Here is an example of this. Let’s look at this example of an electricity plan sold in Van. It will show you how the advertised electricity rates are determined and how your real life rate could be much different than the marketed rate.
This is one of the simpler rate structures for an electricity plan in Van. Many of them are way more complicated.
- Energy Charge = $0.0486 per kWh
- Monthly Service Fee = $9.95 per month (per billing cycle for usage less than 1000 kWh)
- TDU Delivery Charge = $5.47 per month
- TDU Delivery Charge = $0.040716 per kWh
This plan is built on four pricing components. One of them, the $5.47 charge is a flat fee added to your bill each month regardless of your electricity usage.
Another charge is a fixed monthly service fee of $9.95 added to your bill each month. This fee can go away if you use over a certain amount of electricity. These two fees ensure that your average electricity rate will always be different. Keep an eye out for exorbitant flat monthly fees.
With this plan your electricity rate would be 10.5 cents per kWh when you use 999 kWh. If you use just one more kWh your effective electricity rate drops by a penny as a result of the monthly billing charge disappearing.
TXU/Oncor Contact Information:
For power outages in Van Texas, please call Oncor at 1-888-313-4747. To have underground lines located prior to digging in Van Texas, call 1-800-344-8377. To view Van Texas outage maps, click here.
Smart Meter Information:
For information on the smart meter program in Van Texas, click here.