These are financially difficult times for many Americans. If you’re struggling with how to budget for or pay your electricity bill, you’re not alone. Turn to your power company for tools and options that will help you make your payment on time. And that’s essential for keeping the lights on and avoiding late fees.
Here are just a few ways your power company may be able to help you with your bill.
Average billing from your power company
You may have also heard this called budget billing, average monthly billing or balanced billing. In any case, average billing helps even out seasonal billing spikes you may see during summer and winter. It spreads the cost evenly across the entire year. This, in turn, makes it easier to create — and stick to — a budget.
This is one of the power solutions offered by electric companies that is very easy to use. For many, it’s as simple as logging into your online account. Then, select the option for average billing.
Reliant Energy is one of the Texas electricity providers that offers this option.
AutoPay from electric companies
If you keep getting hit with late fees, you may need more than just a reminder. Your power company likely offers an automatic payment option. This allows your provider to charge the card or bank account on file when it’s time to pay. You don’t have to lift a finger.
Again, this is typically an easy option to enroll in. Just sign into your account online. Or you could always give your current electricity provider a call to set it up.
Some electric companies, like Green Mountain Energy, even have a mobile app where you can select this option.
Deferred payment plan from your power company
If you need some extra time to make a payment, or you’re facing a financial hardship, your power company will often have a solution. Speaking to a customer service agent directly about your situation is the best way to arrange a payment plan that fits your budget.
Cirro Energy, for example, offers a number of payment extension programs.
Energy-saving tips from your power company
Your power company wants to help you become energy efficient. It’s a win-win-win situation for them, for you and for the environment.
One way they help you use less (and possibly lower your monthly electric bill) is by offering energy-saving tips.
Most electric companies, including Discount Power, have many efficiency tips on their websites.
Low-income assistance from electric companies
According to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), Senate Bill 1976 allows electric companies to provide a benefit to their low-income customers. (Certain rules apply.)
Customers can contact their power company directly to ask if they have any low-income benefits. For further information, you can also call 1-866-454-8387.
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