Every homeowner and business owner needs to pay their electric bills but that doesn’t mean that they necessarily enjoy doing so. This is especially true when it seems as if the rates keep rising at certain times of the year. Some people look for ways to reduce their bills, whether by limiting their use of electricity or by switching companies but before doing either of these things, it is important to understand what affects the energy prices in the first place. Prices will vary slightly from state to state and that depends on some of the factors listed below as well as additional considerations. The following are just some of the factors that affect the price of energy within Texas.

 

Demand

One of the most important things that affect energy prices is the demand. Most of the year people use a relatively low amount of electricity and during this time, there is no excessive demand on the power grid. The problem is that when summer arrives, Texas weather gets very warm and this leads people to turn their air conditioners on, frequently at full blast. Many people notice that electricity prices seem to increase during the summer months and that is because of this added use. Sometimes the normal power grid is not enough to provide electricity to all of the homes and businesses with the use of AC and when this happens, additional energy from natural gas must be used and this raises the price that everyone pays.

 

Peak Hours

Another factor that can affect the price a person pays for energy is what time of the day it is. Although this is not true of all energy companies, most of them will charge higher rates during peak hours, which are certain times of the day when more energy is generally used. That is why many people who are looking to save money on their electric bill will take advantage of the lower energy prices during off-peak hours and use most of their electricity then.

 

Type of Energy

A final factor that can affect energy prices is the type of energy that is being used. This refers to what type of source it comes from such as natural gas, coal, crude oil, solar, wind or others. In general renewable energy sources will have more stable prices over time although if the supplier is new, they rates may be slightly higher to start. In addition, if one type of energy source is running low (such as natural gas) the electricity prices will increase.

 

While choosing an electric provider look for competitive low electricity rates, customized solutions and renewable energy options.

Views: 55

Tags: Electricity, Prices, Texas, electricity, rates

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.

Latest Activity

Steven Lewis replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion How does Cycles Per Hour affect real world AFUE?
"In my opinion you are trying to get very detailed about equipment that is designed to perform in a…"
13 hours ago
Brad Brenner posted a blog post
14 hours ago
Bob Blanchette commented on Dale Stephens's blog post LED Lighting 24-month update 18,240 hours & counting
"I'm also in the process of upgrading from CFL to LED. Energy cost difference gets "lost…"
16 hours ago
Bob Blanchette commented on Dale Stephens's blog post LED Lighting 24-month update 18,240 hours & counting
"A couple questions on your power bills:1: All-Electric house or gas heat/water…"
17 hours ago
Bob Blanchette replied to Bud Poll's discussion Basing air exchange on house volume??
"Where to you live that has all these air exchangers. I have NEVER seen one installed in a house.…"
17 hours ago
Bob Blanchette commented on Jeff Parks's photo
Thumbnail

Heat Exchanger

"Short cycling will rust them out every time. You have at least 4 burners there, most likely a WAY…"
17 hours ago
Al Tibbs commented on Al Tibbs's photo
Thumbnail

vermiculite_insul

"Tom. I am not sure what R-value is for this product. I think it is pretty low. This particular…"
yesterday
Marc Tannenbaum posted a discussion

Industry Veteran Michelle Knaszak Joins Dr. Energy Saver

Dr. Energy Saver is pleased to announce that Michelle Knaszak has joined the company as our…See More
yesterday

© 2014   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service