It's come to my attention that some [retail electric providers]
have been working the system . . . They’ve got all these tricky
little things in their prices, and whatever the fact sheets are
called – the nutrition label – that makes it really difficult for
—Donna Nelson, Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Texas
kiloWhat eliminates the confusion by:
comparing a large selection of plans
incorporating seasonal variations into the cost
customizing pricing to your home's usage
How it works
Step by step instructions
What is you zip code?
You zip code is needed to determine your TDU
(Transmission and Distribution Service Provider). This is the company
that owns and operates the equipment or facilities used to transmit
and/or distribute electricity. In most cases, all of the homes in a
zip code are in the service area of one TDU. However, some zip codes
are split among multiple TDU areas. If you live in one of these zip
codes you will need to indicate in which TDU area your home is located.
If you do not know your TDU, you can usually find your TDU listed on
your electricity bill or by calling your current electricity
provider. ↩ back to shoppingHow would you like to estimate your electricity usage?
In order to personalize your quotes, we need to know
what your electricity usage looks like. There are four different ways
for you to estimate your electricity usage.
State-wide average numbers – Typical usage
numbers reflect the average usage
of Texas residential customers in 2013 as reported by the
U.S. Energy Information Administration
. You may scale the usage numbers up if
you have a larger or less energy efficient home or down if you have
a smaller or more energy efficient home.
Sample profile – We have used data volunteered
by our users to create a few sample profiles. If you find a profile
that looks like a good match for your home, this may be a good
option for you.
Type in monthly usage numbers – You can type in
your monthly usage numbers if you have them.
Smart Meter data – If your home has a smart meter,
you can download your home's past monthly usage from
and use that to estimate your future usage. Once you have
downloaded your past usage data, you can drag and drop the file into
the dotted box or click on the dotted box and find the file on your
↩ back to shoppingWhich electricity plan best suits your needs?
Here you will see a variety of plans available in your area. Initially,
the table is sorted by your estimated cost, but you can sort by
other columns by clicking on the column headers. Clicking on a row
will calculate populate the "Cost Difference" column, which shows
how it's cost compares to that of the other plans.
Plan – The name of the electricity plan as well
as any special features or requirements.
Retail Electricity Provider – The company offering
100% Renewable – Whether or not 100% of the electricity
comes from renewable sources.
Contract Length – The contract length, as well
as any cancellation fee for ending the contract early.
Average Price/kWh at 2000 kWh – This widely reported
figure tells you how much using 2000 kWh in one month would
Your Projected Price/kWh – KiloWhat
applies your usage estimates to each of the plans offered
to compute an estimate of your cost per kWh. This
cost includes electricity charges by the REP and any TDU pass
through charges, if applicable.
Your Projected Annual Cost – The estimated amount that each
plan will cost you over the course of a year.
Cost Difference – Clicking anywhere
on a row in the table (other than clicking on a link) will
select the corresponding plan. This column will display the
cost difference between the each plan and the selected plan.
Plan Details – The Electricity Facts Label and Terms
of Service include important information about the plan. You
should look at these before signing up.
Ordering Info – If you would like to sign up for
one of the plans, then follow the link or call the phone number
in this column. You will supply your personal information
directly to the retail electricity provider end be enrolled in
the new plan.
I can't get the tabs/chart/etc. to work for me—what's wrong?
KiloWhat has been tested on a variety of browsers, but not
all of them. If you send a detailed description of the problem
(including operating system and browser) to
firstname.lastname@example.org, we will take a look at it. In the
meantime, you may consider updating your browser. KiloWhat
has been thoroughly tested on
How is KiloWhat different from other electricity comparison
Most other sites display electricity rates for only one or a small
number of usage levels. Knowing this, many electricity providers
will design there plans to look good at those levels, and
This incentivizes the power companies to engineer their
pricing plans so that they look good at those specific levels even
if those rates are not representative of what a consumer with a
normal usage pattern would actually pay. Smart Power Texas was
created to solve
this problem and several others as well.
Why don't see I see plans from <my favorite energy company>
The goal of kiloWhat is to provide consumers with the best
possible comparison shopping experience, and that includes
presenting a wide selection of plans. We are actively working on
agreements with the electricity providers to expand our offering.
Will I find the same plans on kiloWhat as I will on other sites?
No. The Retail Electricity Providers choose which plans
to offer on kiloWhat based on a number of factors, and they
will not necessarily offer the same set of plans on every site.