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Killeen Prepaid Lights - Rates, Plans, and More

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This guide will walk you through how prepaid plans work, what plans are available in Killeen, and how to choose the best electricity plan for your unique energy needs.

What is a prepaid lights plan?

A prepaid light plan is a plan that allows you to pay for electricity as you use it.

Prepaid electricity plans are also referred to as pay-as-you-go plans.

A prepaid plan may seem like a great option. You pay for electricity as you use it.

You are in control of your usage and payments, right?

Not exactly.

Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of a prepaid lights plan in Killeen.

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Why choose a prepaid lights plan in Killeen?

Prepaid plans seem attractive. They advertise no deposits, no credit checks, and no contracts.

These plans support the idea that you, the customer, are in control of your electricity bills and payments.

Control, no start-up costs, no commitments: You are thinking- sign me up.

But before you pick a prepaid plan, you need to consider all of the facts about electricity plans and rates in Killeen.

Benefits of a prepaid plan

You might be drawn to a prepaid plan in Killeen for many reasons:

These benefits make prepaid plans look like a cheap and easy option for electricity, but looks are deceiving.

How do you know if a prepaid electricity plan is right for you?

There is a multitude of factors and data you must gather, review and analyze in order for you to determine if prepaid electricity is the best option.

You need a list of every Retail Electric Provider (REP) that offers prepaid plans in Killeen. Then you will need to search through each plan that each REP offers to compare rates.

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But you are not done yet.

Next, you will have to figure out how much electricity you use each month and find your average monthly usage. Oh, and don’t forget to factor in the size and age of your home.

It is very difficult to know if you are getting the best electricity plan.

Keep reading to learn how you can get the best electricity plan without the hassle.

Cons of a prepaid plan

You know the advantages of a prepaid plan, but don’t sign on the dotted line yet.

Let’s talk about the disadvantages of these types of plans.

Rates

Rates per kilowatt-hour are generally higher for prepaid plans than traditional plans.

Most prepaid rates are based on a variable rate.

This means the rate fluctuates as the electricity market goes up and down. There are several things that can affect the market, such as supply and demand or weather.

Post-pay or traditional plans offer a fixed rate the rate is set and stable.

Minimum Account Balance

Pay-as-you-go plans are actually pay-before-you-use plans.

Since you are paying for electricity prior to using it, you have to pay upfront.

REPs that offer prepaid light plans require you to maintain a minimum account balance. The amount is determined by the REP.

If your balance falls below this predetermined dollar amount, your service will be in jeopardy of being terminated.

Constantly Monitoring Usage

To avoid any interruption in your service, you have to monitor and track your daily electricity usage and account balance.

You have endless extra hours in your day to add up your electricity usage, right?

How to use a prepaid lights plan in Killeen

To use a prepaid lights plan in Killeen, you first must find a Retail Electric Provider (REP).

These companies purchase electricity from power generators – and then sell the electricity to you.

There are nearly 20 REPs in Killeen, each offering dozens of different plans.

Why so many?

Texas is one of the few states that have deregulated electricity.

Deregulation removed barriers and restrictions so REPs could compete, giving you the consumer options and choices for your energy usage.

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Step 1: Choose a plan and enroll.

We touched on choosing a plan above but let’s dive more into it.

There are some parts of the Lone Star State in which deregulated electricity is not an option.

Deregulation is not available in San Antonio, El Paso, Austin, Amarillo, and Lubbock.

But fortunately for you, Killeen is not one of those places.

Killeen’s electricity market has been deregulated since 2002.

In order to choose an electricity plan, you have to search through all the available plans to find the best plan for your individualized energy needs.

Searching through plans means:

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Step 2: Add initial funds to your account

A Prepaid lights plan requires you to pay in advance for your electricity.

Most retail electric providers that offer a prepaid lights plan require initial funds to be added to your account. This money allows the account to be set up and electricity to be connected.

This amount varies but averages around $70.00.

There are several ways to add initial funds to your account:

  1. Online through REP website
  2. REP Mobile App
  3. By Mail
  4. In-person, some REPs have local offices or payment centers

Step 3: Track your electricity usage and balance it daily

One of the most commonly advertised benefits of a prepaid lights plan is the idea that you can save money by monitoring your energy usage.

So, how do you monitor electricity usage?

A smart electric meter.

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A smart electric meter does a lot:

Many REPs have mobile apps you can use to track your electricity usage and daily balance.

In order to reap the proposed savings of a prepaid plan, you will have to track your electricity usage daily.

You will have to calculate your daily usage and compare it to your daily balance.

As you begin to track your electricity usage, you notice your home uses an average of 30 kWh per day.

Your current prepaid plan has a rate of 14¢ which means you are paying around $4.00 per day for electricity, or $120 a month.

Step 4: Maintain your minimum balance at all times

Minimum balance requirements mean if you drop below a specific amount determined by the electric company, your service will be disconnected.

Yes, disconnected.

This means if you forget to reload your prepaid plan before it drops below the minimum balance, you will return home to no power.

Imagine: Your week has been crazy – you missed several days of work because your little one was ill. You finally return to work to be greeted with stacks of folders and papers with impending deadlines. Oh, and your car is making the strangest noise.

While you are trying to keep all the plates in the air spinning, you forgot to reload your prepaid light plan.

Now what?

Now you have no electricity.

You have to put one more plate in the air – call the electricity company to make a payment and arrange to have your service reconnected.

Some companies can take up to 24 hours to turn the power back on, and hopefully, it is not the weekend.

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How to make payments on a prepaid lights plan in Killeen

Making payments on a prepaid lights plan is the same process as making payments on post-paid plans.

You can make payments online, via the mobile app, over the phone, by mail, or in person at designated payment centers.

Prepaid plans do not allow for payment plans in the event that you are unable to pay the full amount of your monthly usage.

Here are a few other exceptions to be aware of if you are considering a prepaid lights plans:

Prepaid electric service is not available to Critical Care or Chronic Condition Residential Customers as defined by 25.497 of the Substantive Rules Applicable to Electric Service Providers.

Texas residents that qualify for The Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) are also not eligible for prepaid energy plans.

The CEAP is a program that pays six to eight of the highest bills during the year for individuals that are considered a vulnerable household. They also provide assistance in an energy-related crisis or during severe weather or supply shortages.

You will not receive a monthly bill for your prepaid plan

Many companies are encouraging their customers to opt for paperless billing.

Why?

The benefits of choosing paperless billing:

  1. Your personal information is more secure
  2. It is more environmentally friendly – less paper
  3. Payments can be automated
  4. Reduces clutter and frees up space in the home

However, with prepaid lights plans in Killeen, you will never get a monthly bill, paper or electronic.

Most electric companies that offer prepaid plans will send alerts via text or message through the mobile app when available funds are low.

If you have a prepaid electricity plan, you must remember to sign up for text alerts and download the mobile app. Otherwise, you may forget to reload your account and risk a possible interruption in your electric service.

There is no grace period offered with prepaid lights plans. If your account balance drops below the minimum, your service will be terminated.

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Add additional funds to your account as needed.

To ensure your lights are always on in your home, you have to add funds to your prepaid account.

Payments can be made online, by phone, mail, or in-person at specified payment locations.

What are prepaid plans available in Killeen, TX?

Several REPs service the Killeen area. Below are three companies that offer electricity plans in Killeen, Texas:

Payless Power

Payless Power has two prepaid lights plans in Killeen.

One plan has a rate of 12.0¢ per kWh. This plan is a 12-month fixed rate and a $69 connection balance. This plan also comes with a $40 early termination fee.

The second plan has a rate of 13.5¢ per kWh. This plan has a month-to-month rate and a $39 connection balance.

Frontier Utilities

Frontier Utilities offers a 100% green and environmentally friendly prepaid electricity plan. The current rate for this plan is 13.9¢ per kWh.

Frontier Utilities can charge prepaid customers:

Reliant

Reliant offers one pay-as-you-go plan with a 13.5¢ per kWh.

This plan requires customers to have a provisioned smart meter and make payments prior to electricity use.

You must make an initial payment of $50 and maintain a balance of greater than $5.00 to avoid interruption of service. Connection charges vary based on where you live.

Choosing the best REP

Each of these retail electric providers offers prepaid electricity plans.

These companies has slightly different rates per kWh. Each of these includes additional fees buried in the fine print of the terms of the service contract.

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What is the average rate for prepaid plans in Killeen?

Prepaid electricity plans typically charge a higher rate per kWh than traditional, post-paid plans.

Wait, aren’t prepaid lights plans cheaper than postpaid plans?

Maybe, maybe not.

The average rate for electricity in Killeen, Texas, is 11.88¢/kWh.

Residential rates in the U.S. range from 8.37¢/kWh to 37.34¢/kWh. This means Killeen rates are on the lower end of the national average.

Rates for prepaid electricity plans in Killeen range anywhere from 11.2¢ to 14.5¢ per kWh.

If electricity is the same, why do the rates vary so much?

Retail Electric Providers are the buyers and sellers of energy – the middleman.

There are many factors that influence a REP’s decision on when and how much energy to purchase.

They purchase electricity at the lowest possible rate. Then they sell it to their customers while still making a profit.

For a more in-depth explanation of how Retail Electric Providers (REP) calculate electricity rates, check out this blog.

These are a few other factors that influence the current rates for electricity in Killeen:

A prepaid plan may not always equal the best electricity plan for you.

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What is the best-prepaid plan in Killeen?

The best plan varies based on personal needs and usage.

The best plan for one person will most likely not be the best plan for someone else.

Your neighbors have a fixed-rate electricity plan for their homes in Killeen. They pay 10¢ per kWh and use an average of 950 kWh a month. Their monthly electricity bills are roughly $95.00.

You picked a prepaid electricity plan with a rate of 13¢ per kWh and consumed an average of 750 kWh per month. The average monthly cost of your electricity is $98.00. You are actually paying more money for less electricity.

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How to find the best-prepaid lights plan in Killian, TX

At this point, you are confused, frustrated, and ready to pull your hair out.

You just want to find the best-prepaid lights plan in Killeen without overpaying.

There are so many options for electricity in Killeen. How can you find the best-prepaid lights plan?

Start by creating and understanding your unique energy profile.

These factors make up your energy profile:

Spend days researching and comparing all available prepaid plans

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